My thanks to Aliaa from Kotobee for offering their list of international book fairs throughout 2020. The ones listed below are those held in the United Kingdom and Ireland but if you’d like the worldwide list, which includes Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Australia, please click this link.
The London Book Fair is a massive international affair and, in Europe at least, it’s second only to Frankfurt. It’s a place for authors, booksellers/buyers, distributors, literary agents/scouts, publishers, translators and obviously readers. LBF holds two award ceremonies each year. The International Excellence Awards, celebrating publishing and related activities outside of the UK and The Trailblazers, celebrating those under 30 in the publishing industry. The London Book Fair is delighted to have Sharjah as the Market Focus for 2020.
The Strokestown International Poetry Festival takes place annually on the first weekend of May, in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. The weekend provides a world-renowned forum for excellence in poetry. Strokestown is famous for the large audiences that attend all readings and allied to the welcome, the friendliness and the scenery, the weekend is an unforgettable experience and a thrilling immersion in contemporary poetry.
Bloody Scotland established itself as the leading Scottish International Crime Writing Festival. It’s a place for crime writers new and established. In the event readers can hang out with their favorite crime writers, enjoy entertaining as well as informative events during a weekend in September, covering a range of criminal subjects from fictional forensics, psychological thrillers, tartan noir, cozy crime and many more.
Wimbledon BookFest is a charity promoting arts, culture, and education. Its aim is to develop the cultural offering for the locality through the provision of an annual arts festival and educational projects with schools and young people. It hosts almost 100 events in its 10 day period and has grown from 1,000 visitors in its first year to over 15,000 with 7,000 school children from over 70 schools now enjoying the festival every year. Any money raised is plowed back into the festival and its education work with local schools. Over 2,000 books are given to children from a lower socio-economic demographic every year to encourage reading.