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Industry Insider – Making the Most of London Book Fair

28 March @ 10:00 - 11:00 BST

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Join SoA’s Head of Communications, Martin Reed, who chairs this #SoAatHome industry insider on how writers can make the most of London Book Fair. Panellists include LBF director, Gareth Rapley and prizewinning translator Nichola Smalley.



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Martin Reed – Head of Communications, SoA (3 mins)
  • Discussion with Gareth Rapley and Nichola Smalley | chaired by Martin Reed (40 mins)
  • Q&A with audience – moderated by Martin Reed, SoA (15 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (2 mins)
  • This event will be moderated by Sophia A Jackson – Head of Events, SoA


What will this session cover? 

  • What writers should expect when they attend London Book Fair
  • What London Book Fair isn’t if you’re a writer
  • How writers can make the most out of their London Book Fair experience
  • Avoiding common pitfalls as a writer attending London Book Fair
  • There will be an opportunity to ask Gareth Rapley any questions you have about London Book Fair


Who is this session for? 

This session is for writers who want to find out more on how they can make the most out of their London Book Fair experience.


Send us your questions in advance 

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected] with ‘Making the Most out of London Book Fair’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


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The Line-up 


Gareth Rapley – Director, London Book Fair

Gareth Rapley is an experienced events leader, in which he has spent the last 13-years working for some of the largest and leading conference and exhibition organisers. His career has seen him work across multiple industry sectors in both the private and public sector, this has included agriculture, infrastructure, technology, fraud, and justice, with the largest time spent working with the energy sector and his current role sees him working with the publishing industry.
Twitter: @LondonBookFair | Instagram: @LondonBookFair | Linktr.ee: thelondonbookfair  


Martin Reed – Head of Communications, Society of Authors

Martin leads the Communications team. He oversees the SoA’s strategic communications and campaign-based activities, including PR, social media, events and partnerships.


Nichola Smalley – Translator

Nichola Smalley is a prizewinning translator from Swedish and Norwegian. She has a PhD in the use of slang in contemporary Swedish and English literature, and was, until 2022, Publicity Director at the publisher And Other Stories. She is a TA committee member and has mentored several emerging translators. Nichola will be speaking at London Book Fair on the Access and Accessibility in Translation panel on 18 April, 14.20 in the Literary Translation Centre.
Twitter: @tallnicky


Lucinda Hawksley – Author

Lucinda Hawksley is an author, broadcaster and lecturer, whose books include biographies of the artists Kate Perugini (née Dickens), Princess Louise and Lizzie Siddal. Her other titles include Dickens and Travel; The Writer Abroad; Bitten by Witch FeverDickens and Christmas; and March, Women, March: How Women Won the Vote. She is a patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London and a patron of the De Morgan Foundation. Lucinda is also a travel writer and has written and narrated podcasts and audio guides. 

Twitter: @lucindahawksley | Instagram: @lucindahawksley 


Need to know 


  • Attendees will have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • If you require BSL interpretation for this event, please email [email protected]

Before the event

  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
  • If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk /spam email folder.
  • Please add [email protected] to your Safe Senders list so you receive our confirmation, and reminder emails

During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • This event is 60 minutes.

After the event

  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome #LBF23
  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



Book your place using the registration form below. Please note: Bookings for online events close 30 minutes before event start time.

All #SoAatHome events are free but if you can afford to, please consider donating to our Authors’ Contingency Fund and we suggest a minimum donation of £5. The fund is to help professional authors experiencing financial hardship. DONATE HERE


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With at least 57% of authors facing financial losses during the pandemic, we have helped people struggling financially due to contractual, employment and event cancellations, others who have lost income due to illness, and others prevented from working because of caring responsibilities.

As the health crisis continues, applications for grants continue to come in, and our emergency funds are running low.

So, if you are in a position to help, please donate via the link below. If you are an author facing financial hardship, please click here to see if we can help.



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Our standard subscription rate is just £26.25 per quarter (£18.50 for students).

As an SoA member, you’ll get:

  • Access to all our SoA @ Home Festival events for free
  • Unlimited one-to-one professional advice
  • Membership of our online and real-world professional networks
  • A range of member-only discounts, including books, insurance and travel
  • And much more.




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28 March
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