Philip Pullman and Alaa Al Aswany headline the International Publishers Congress London 2016

Philip Pullman and Alaa Al Aswany will headline 31st International Publishers Congress in London in April 2016. The world famous authors join a line-up of influential publishers including Hachette CEO, Arnaud Nourry, for what promises to be a stimulating and thought-provoking conference.

The Congress runs from 9-12 April 2016 and will take place at The London Book Fair for the first time. Delegates to this truly international gathering will hear from speakers from 17 countries including Chiki Sarkar, CEO of Juggernaut Books (India), Francis Gurry from the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation, and Singaporean publisher Fei Chen Lee of Times Publishing Group.

Philip Pullman said: “I’m very happy to have the chance to speak to this important congress, and to express some thoughts that have occurred to a novelist about the present state of the field in which we all work.”

The Congress is organised by the International Publishers Association in partnership with the UK Publishers Association and The London Book Fair. The comprehensive programme will address the key policy and practical issues of the day for publishers.

The programme, strategically timed to coincide with The London Book Fair, ensures that delegates will not only benefit from the Congress but also a curated agenda throughout the book fair itself.

Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) is the official Gold Sponsor for the 31st International Publishers Congress.

Programme for IPA Congress delegates:

  • Saturday 9 April: Day 1: Networking reception
  • Sunday 10 April: Day 2: Publishing Now: Creativity, Anti-Censorship, Commerce
  • Monday 11 April: Day 3: Quantum: Publishing & So Much More
  • Tuesday 12 April: Day 4: The London Book Fair, Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum, or What Works?: Education Publishing Conference

The International Publishers Congress delegates will also have a VIP experience of the book fair itself as well as the opportunity to attend other seminar sessions, a cocktail reception in Britain’s flagship bookstore, a Gala Dinner and invites to cinema screenings and author events across London.

To find out how to attend and to view the full programme, please visit:

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