Archive for Hydref, 2009

Frankfurt on Friday


Somehow it’s Friday afternoon at the Frankfurt Book Fair – the time has whizzed by, just like last year. It’s been great meeting new faces (from Colombia to China) and developing relationships with existing contacts (from Italy to India). There are so many enthusiastic publishers – one Argentinian company presented me with a shopping list of Welsh writers!

The Chinese stand/area has provided a more informal way to meet publishers, with the various exhibitors mixed together around tables along the side of one of the huge halls that make up Frankfurt Buchmesse.

I’ll be heading back tomorrow morning, with an ICE train from the Hauptbahnhof (one S-Bahn stop from the Messe, and my accommodation) to Brussels, and then the Eurostar to London (and a train back to Wales). It’s remarkably straightforward, cuts a lot of the hassle you get at airports, and is far more comfortable and person-friendly than other modes of transport – I highly recommend it.




Hello from Frankfurt!


After a very smooth journey yesterday (on the Eurostar to Brussels, and then the ICE to Frankfurt), I’m wrapping up the first day at the Book Fair.

It’s as busy as ever, with a huge Chinese presence (as they’re Guest of Honour this year). I’ll be meeting with Chinese publishers tomorrow.

Today I met agents and publishers from Argentina, Germany, Egypt and Denmark – and I’m getting a good reaction to the 2009-10 Silff Lyfrau.

More to come tomorrow!