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Icelandic Volcano Delays Threaten London Book Fair

lbf.pngThe eruption of an Icelandic volcano has delayed flights around Europe as giant clouds of ash drift thousands of feet above the earth. Many are concerned about the fate of the London Book Fair, scheduled to open on Monday, April 19th.

Today London Book Fair director Alistair Burtenshaw wrote an open letter to concerned book fans. We’ve included the text below. Visit the site for more details and contact information.

Here’s the note: “The London Book Fair Team is working hard to minimise the disruption to the fair caused by the volcanic ash temporarily closing airports in the UK and Europe. Our customer service team are calling international exhibitors to offer assistance with manning stands and arranging alternative travel plans where possible. Our view is that the show must–and will–go on and we will provide all the help we can to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible.”

“We know that many international exhibitors and visitors have already arrived and those travelling from Europe are finding alternative transport. Our substantial UK attendees remain unaffected. Our website is being updated regularly with practical information and helplines. I want to thank everyone for their calls of support and determination to get to the fair and to reiterate that we will be in continual communication over the coming days.

Alistair Burtenshaw”

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