19 July 2014
12.30 – 18.00
Writing on the Wall hosts Liverpool’s first Virtual Book Fair with an exciting selection of writers and publishers who work across a range of platforms in publishing, self-publishing and digital publishing, and interactive based activities and demonstrations.
Taking place in the stunning atrium of Liverpool’s Central Library, Writing on the Wall will host a day of interactive, hands-on readings, discussion and interactions with those at the top of their games in publishing.
With an introduction by Downtown in Business Director, Frank Mckenna, The Virtual Book Fair will explore business models of online publishing and encompass publishing powerhouses such as Anna Rafferty, whose innovation during her time as managing director of Penguin Digital showed different ways of marketing books to a fast-paced population, and Linda Bennett, director and editor of Crime at Salt Publishing, who will speak about the ways authors today can put themselves on the literary map.
Jim Hinks of Comma Press will be introducing his app LitNav. From your fingertips you can read and travel the world via their collection of short stories. Designed with commuters in mind, these bite-sized gems will take you on the alternative route. Liverpool to Venice to Zurich, where do you want to go next?
Beth Reekles wrote her first novel aged 15 which she self-published on Watt Pad, after it received 19 million views; she signed a three book deal with Random House. Liverpool’s Virtual Book Fair is delighted to introduce Beth to the stage to discuss her self-published success and the impact that self-published authors are having on the way we read now.
Other exciting highlights include our Twitter Haiku Competition: join our resident poets and write your best Twitter Haiku to be in with the chance of winning some exciting prizes!
Try out the newest interactive novels for virtual readers at our Digital Station, courtesy of revolutionary app inventors Touch Press. Catch up with webinars streamed from across the globe, including Blackwell’s Digital Manager, Kjell Eldor, as he speaks to us about the future of books in a digital age.
Our Children’sPod will be open throughout the day! A magical and interactive experience for the whole family. Join our resident illustrators and storytellers from The Wild Writers as they host storytelling sessions, where their imaginative work, with the help of our young audience, will be projected around the pod.
Central Library (Fourth Floor Atrium)