SoA at the London Book Fair 2018

Location: Olympia, London
Address: Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX
Discounted tickets, SoA talks, advisor surgeries, and our 2018 stand!

Event details

London Book Fair is 10-12 April and we are back and looking forward to another amazing year! 

Come and meet us at our exhibitor stand throughout the fair. We are listed as 'Society of Authors' in your programme and you can find us on stand 1F48.


Discounted Tickets

We have a limited supply of tickets available to members at a 50% discount, the tickets normally being priced at £45 + VAT. To get your ticket please follow the link to our SoA ticket page.

If you are not offered the discounted price after filling in the form, please contact us.

Meet the SoA advisors

Throughout the fair you will have the chance to come and meet our team of expert advisors in person. Whether you've heard of the SoA before, are unsure what we do, have been in the industry for years or are just starting out, we'd love to hear from you.

You can book your 10 minutes prior to the Fair via Eventbrite, or sign up on the day at Author HQ. 

To book in advance, please use our online booking form to reserve your slot for: 

Tuesday 10 April 

Wednesday 11 April

Thursday 12 April 


Author HQ talks 

Tuesday 12.45-1.30

Begged, borrowed or stolen: Using Existing Characters and people: On privacy, defamation and character rights – Nicola Solomon and Ferdinand Dennis

Fancy basing your novel or script on a real person? Burning to write a damning expose? Inspired to write a sequel to “the very Hungry Caterpillar” Want to parody President Trump? SoA Chief Executive Nicola Solomon and writer Ferdinand Dennis will discuss practical pitfalls, legal traps and how to avoid them

Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive, Society of Authors

Nicola’s role includes protecting authors' interests in negotiations/disputes with publishers and agents, and campaigning for authors’ rights, including copyright, e-book rights, Public Lending Right, defamation reforms, tax and freedom of speech. Nicola is a solicitor and a Deputy District Judge in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. She has an in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and the many associated legal areas, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract. She is also a Board Member of the British Copyright Council, the European Writers’ Council and the International Authors Forum.

Ferdinand Dennis is the author of several novels, travel books and numerous short stories. He has written and presented programmes for BBC Radio and is a contributor to various national publications. He has taught creative writing and is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories. Ferdinand was elected as a member of the SoA Management Committee in 2017.


Wednesday 11.45-12.30

Key points to watch out for in contracts, and why – Mary Hoffman and Kate Pool

Key points to watch out for in contracts, and why.  A discussion led by children’s writer and critic Mary Hoffman and Kate Pool, Deputy Chief Executive of the SoA.  Mary is the author of over 120 titles from picture books to adult novels, and Kate is a core member of the SoA’s contracts advisory team with a  wealth of experience dealing with contracts and advising authors. Between them they’ve too often heard reports from writers about what can go wrong if you’re not careful .They will explore common contract pitfalls and to give top tips on what should be in your contract, and what you must make sure to avoid to secure your rights.