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A very hectic London Book Fair in 2016 and the quiet streets of London in April 2020

Blog originally published 15 April 2016 - updated 15 April 2020

Pauline Rowson outside Olympia at the London Book Fair 2016tThe London Book Fair in 2016 was a very busy one, certainly on the Tuesday when I attended. The aisles were swarming with humanity as was London itself. I always forget just how busy London is and how packed with tourists. Not so in April 2020 with lock down in place owing to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The London Book Fair was held at Olympia  in 2016 where it was also held in 2015, before that it was Earls Court and I have to say that I much prefer Earls Court as a venue, but sadly that has now closed as an exhibition centre whereas Excel has found an amazing and sad use in 2020 as the Nightingale Hospital in response to the terrible Coronavirus, Covid -19 Pandemic.

The problem with Olympia as an exhibition centre is that it's almost impossible to find the stands you are seeking. It is a sprawling venue with staircases that seem to lead nowhere and ladies toilets situated in the strangest of places and always up flights of stairs, with the gents on the ground floor and some strange split level and zig-zag designs of cubicles that defy logic and which must have been designed by someone with a strange sense of humour!

After deciding to head for the London Book Fair by bus rather than the tube (I loathe the underground at even the quietest of times as I hate being underground), I and my husband just missed the number 9 bus and there was a considerable delay waiting for the next one, which made us a little late for my first meeting of the day. Trying to find the International Rights Centre increased the stress levels considerably but we made it. It was great to meet up with my European agent Wampe de Veer of the Blackbird Literary Agency.

The Thames, LondonThere were other meetings with those in the book trade, which like all businesses are suffering from the 2020 lock down.  In addition, the London Book Fair of 2020 which was due to take place in March was cancelled just as many events have been because of Coronavirus.

In 2016 I was able to  take the bus back to Trafalgar Square, and a walk through Northumberland Avenue, past the resplendent Sherlock Holmes Pub. Then after a rest in Whitehall Gardens in the glorious sunshine, it was a walk across one of the Millennium Bridges to Waterloo and home.

It was nice to be in London but it was even nicer to arrive back in DI Andy Horton country. To cross the bridge which spans Langstone and Chichester Harbours and on to Hayling Island where I live and to see the sun glinting on the calm blue waters of the wonderful sea. I hope to be able to enjoy such a view for a very long time and to return to London when life gets back to normal.

Stay safe and well everyone.

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APRIL 15TH, 2016 @ 7:10:13 BST

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