Doors open for LBF, but flight ban is extended into Monday
18.04.10 | Philip Jones
The London Book Fair opened its ‘doors’ as normal this weekend despite the Icelandic ash-cloud that is preventing many international publishers, agents and authors attending. Flights into the UK are now banned until at least 1am Monday, the opening day of the 39th London Book Fair.
Despite the problems the fair’s pre-show events went off as planned. LBF said people “flocked” to its Masterclass programme on Saturday to hear how to get published and how to write for the screen. Today’s LBF Digital Conference is also taking place as expected.
Meanwhile, contractors and exhibitors eschewed the London sunshine on Saturday as they got down to work on stand building as the main fair took shape. Calls have gone out for ‘stand helpers’ to help attend stands should exhibitors be delayed.
LBF said messages of practical support have come in from all directions — pledges of people to man stands were received from the Romanian and Spanish embassies while others took to the road to arrive in good time for the fair — with exhibitors arriving from continental Europe refusing to be beaten by the volcanic ash.