Babel at Language Show Live 2015
Babel has just returned from Language Show Live, an international languages event held at the Olympia London between 16th-18th October. The show is Europe's biggest annual event for language enthusiasts, with 10,000 attendees visiting this year's 160 different exhibitor stands, free seminars and language workshops.
Babel editors Dan McIntyre and Lesley Jeffries ran the magazine's stand along with Lingo editor Hazel Price, who was on hand to introduce visitors to Babel's little sibling magazine. Babel and Lingo were in good company, with representatives from the European Commission's Translating for Europe, Routes into Languages, the British Council, the International New York Times and many other language initiatives, showing the reach of languages across sectors.
Language Show Live was a great opportunity to network with language fanatics and discuss ideas for future issues of Babel - and you can hear Dan discussing Babel and linguistics generally with Jerstin Hammes of the Fluent language-learning blog here. The stand displayed posters of articles from previous issues including Dan McIntyre's piece on Description vs. Prescription, as well as examples of popular regular features such as Languages of the World. Attendees enjoyed how the stand demonstrated the range of linguistic topics covered in the magazine, as well as the eye-catching designs of Babel's designer, Richard Honey of dg3.
The Babel team met many subscribers, and also introduced the magazine to many who (can you believe it!) did not know about us previously. We also converted many readers into potential contributors, with plenty of fascinating articles to come from those we spoke to on the stand.