Inside the London Book Fair: A Writer’s Eye View by Olivia Hope

There is a particular move that I mastered last week, in London. It’s a subtle one, but essential given the situation I was in. It requires Zen like focus and occurs at reflex action speed. It goes as such; first you scan an individual’s face, then quickly drop your eyes to read a name badge (without moving your head and heaven forbid, dwelling too long on anyone’s chest) and then quickly lift your eyes back to their face. The appropriate response is to then to either smile with familiarity, the other is desperately hide the fact that you were face-chest-face scanning in the first place, and move along. Unfortunately this technique did backfire gloriously on me when I recognised someone from another event last year, and she wasn’t wearing her badge. This lead to face – chest (what, no name badge?) – panic – face, and I inadvertently called her … Continue reading Inside the London Book Fair: A Writer’s Eye View by Olivia Hope