Freedom to Publish at London Book Fair

London Book Fair

If you want to know more about IPA's Freedom to Publish work then London Book Fair is an excellent opportunity for members and non-members alike to do so, with workshops, open meetings and a seminar.

The full schedule of events includes a workshop for IPA members, a meeting with freedom of expression NGOs, the first edition of a new seminar at the London Book Fair and an open meeting of the Freedom to Publish Committee for IPA members who are not part of the Committee.

Freedom to Publish Seminar

On 10th April, the first day of the London Book Fair will see the first IPA Freedom to Publish seminar at the London Book Fair. The session includes a panel chaired by PEN International President, Jennifer Clement, featuring two-time IPA Prix Voltaire nominee, Iranian publisher Azadeh Parsapour. That panel will be followed by a fireside chat between Angela Gui, daughter of Gui Minhai, the recipient of the 2018 IPA Prix Voltaire, and Claire Armistead, Associate Editor, Culture of The Guardian.

Freedom to Publish workshop and open meeting

Last year, the Freedom to Publish Committee consulted the IPA membership to see whether there was a desire for the Committee to help IPA members in their own Freedom to Publish work. The answer was a resounding 'yes' with publishers associations asking to share their own experiences and best practice with those members who are just getting started or are keen to be involved more. The Freedom to Publish Committee has therefore organised a workshop to be held in London on 9 April, the day before the opening of the Book Fair. IPA members that have not yet confirmed their interest should get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

That workshop will be followed by a meeting with NGOs that are active on freedom of speech to see how IPA can coordinate its work with them to maximise the impact of campaigns for publishers.

Both of those meetings will be very kindly hosted by PEN International.

Finally, the IPA's Freedom to Publish Committee will also hold an open meeting at the London Book Fair for IPA members and others to attend, giving them the opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions about the Committee's work.

Should you want any further information about the IPA's Freedom to Publish events at the London Book Fair or our work in general, contact the IPA's Freedom to Publish Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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