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Charity of the Year at The London Book Fair

We are thrilled to have been chosen as The London Book Fair’s joint Charity of the Year 2024. Below, hear from our Chief Executive Alison Tweed, about this year’s three day event.

This year’s London Book Fair is taking place from 12th-14th March and we are thrilled, that in our 70th year, we have been chosen as their joint Charity of the Year for 2024, alongside the National Literacy Trust.

As one of the leading global markets for the publishing industry, The London Book Fair is a key date in Book Aid International’s calendar.  We are supported by publishers large and small, who donate over 1 million brand-new books for us to send worldwide every year and we welcome the opportunity to meet with them at the Fair and share how their donations are empowering people to build brighter futures. The partners we work with always need more books, and we look forward to meeting with new supporters at our stand, number 7K37, to discuss how we can work together. 

The London Book Fair Seminar Programme provides a range of interesting and thought-provoking events and we are pleased to be contributing to the conversation by hosting two panel discussions. 

  • London Book Fair Seminar Programme – Book Aid International events

On Tuesday 12th March in the Focus Theatre, we will be celebrating 70 years of sharing the power of books. Chaired by our President Nigel Newton, we will be welcoming Heidi Mulvey, Head of Community Engagement at Cambridge University Press and Assessment and Olha Mukha of PEN International to discuss their involvement with us over the years and share why they choose to be involved with Book Aid International. Our Vice Patron, Lord Paul Boateng will also be joining us as we explore the impact that donated books have had around the world and share our ambitious plans for our future work. Do join us from 10:45am to celebrate 70 years of Book Aid International and find out how you can get involved. 

On Wednesday 13th March at 2:15pm, we will be in the Sustainability Hub where we will be discussing our latest campaign Generation Reader and the social impact of donated books. During this session, chaired by our Vice Chair Robert Sulley, we will be joined by from Dr Michiel Kolman, Senior Vice President at Elsevier and Bodour Al Qasimi, CEO of the Kalimat Group, to explore how donated books contribute to improving reading fluency and the achievement of the SDGs, in particular SDG 4, quality education for all. Our Head of Programmes, Samantha Sokoya, will be introducing our Generation Reader programme, which aims to provide a generation of young Africans with 1.5 million books, 300 reading spaces and 1,500 newly trained teachers and librarians by 2030. We hope you will join us at 2:15pm to find out how you can help young people worldwide to fulfil their potential. 

It is very good to see Book Aid International chosen as LBF’s joint Charity of the Year, in their 70th anniversary year. The work they do with the books donated by UK publishers, getting books to the remotest and most marginalised communities around the world, is transformational. I hope that even more publishers will partner with Book Aid International this year and invite anyone interested in doing so to come and meet them at this year’s London Book Fair.

Nigel Newton, Chief Executive of Bloomsbury Publishing and President of Book Aid International

We want to say a huge thank you to the UK and international publishers, with whose support we are able to send over 1 million books every year to people who would otherwise have nothing to read.  We’re very much looking forward to meeting with publishers at The London Book Fair in March, to explore how we can do even more to share the power of books with readers worldwide. If you would like to arrange a meeting with us to discuss how you can be involved, please email our Stock Acquisition Manager, Simon Mercer at simon.mercer@bookaid.org.  

We’re looking forward to celebrating the power of books with you.

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