Lon­don Book & Screen Week

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Wishlist -

13- 19 April 2015

Steven El­lis talks to direc­tor Jacks Thomas about the lit­er­ary event and em­brac­ing the screen

How did this eve nt come about?

It seemed a nat­u­ral step to build on our day jobs. Each year 25,000 peo­ple from over 100 coun­tries de­scend on Lon­don for one of the big­gest events in the global pub­lish­ing cal­en­dar – the Lon­don Book Fair. Books have al­ways been, and con­tinue to be, un­be­liev­ably flex­i­ble; it’s ex­tra­or­di­nary to con­sider that over half of the top 20 global box of­fice suc­cesses of the last decade were adapted from nov­els by UK writ­ers. Along­side the book fair, events cel­e­brat­ing au­thors and cre­ators take place in a va­ri­ety of venues – book­shops, cine­mas, uni­ver­si­ties, mu­se­ums and high street stores. We’re in a unique po­si­tion to link pub­lish­ers with read­ers, and fans with their he­roes. It’s an ob­vi­ous step to try and ag­gre­gate all this ac­tiv­ity un­der one um­brella.

What will the eve nt enta il?

Firstly, it’s hun­dreds of events span­ning the whole cap­i­tal: au­thor talks, writ­ing mas­ter­classes, film screen­ings, a comics draw- along, fan ex­pos, cook book demon­stra­tions, book­shop crawls, lit­er­ary sa­lons, live read­ings, po­etry par­ties, fic­tion prizes, book launches… the scope is huge. For the SFX com­mu­nity there’s the Guardian Mas­ter­class in writ­ing and pub­lish­ing fan­tasy and dystopian fic­tion with Joe Abercrombie and Peter V Brett. Those par­tial to fan fic­tion will be in good com­pany at Mug­glenet’s Harry Pot­ter fan expo. You can learn art tech­niques with a draw- along at Or­bital Comics. No book-to- screen line up would be com­plete with­out a splash of Game Of Thrones, so we’re plan­ning a so­cial net­work­ing com­pe­ti­tion to choose favourite episodes. There will also be a num­ber of screen­ings with part­ner OurScreen at Pic­ture­house Cine­mas.

You’re ta king sub­mis­sions for eve nt ideas on your web­site; how did that come about?

We want to give ev­ery­one a chance to join in, lots of events are tak­ing place; we wanted to give ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to put them all in one place so read­ers and fans can find ev­ery­thing. LBSW is a plat­form for both the largest launches and the most niche read­ing groups. We can’t hope to know ev­ery­thing that’s go­ing on so we’re ask­ing peo­ple to let us know. The re­sponse has been fab with the first event sub­mit­ted within min­utes of LBSW be­ing an­nounced. New events are an­nounced daily so watch out for our news­let­ters and check out the web­site: www.lon­don­bookand­screen­week.co.uk

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