Wales at London Book Fair 2018

Published Thu 5 Apr 2018 - By Literature Wales
We’re delighted to be working with six of our partners in the literature sector in Wales to ensure that Wales will feature as a nation at London Book Fair 2018 (LBF18), one of the most significant global marketplaces for publishing, for the first time in over a decade.

Seven organisations from Wales who work internationally in the literature sector are collaborating on a joint stand which will showcase the best current titles in Welsh and English across diverse genres from eleven Wales based independent publishers The seven organisations are Arts Council of Wales/Wales Arts International, British Council Wales, Literature Across Frontiers, Literature Wales, Wales Literature Exchange, Wales PEN Cymru and Welsh Books Council. By working collectively, the group aims to support writers, translators, publishers and the literature sector in Wales through international activity, and to improve opportunities for commercialisation and economic sustainability in the sector through international engagement. We believe that Wales has a unique and distinctive national, bi-lingual literary culture and a flourishing independent publishing sector that contributes to the creative, economic and community well-being of Wales and helps us connect to the world.

Wales at London Book Fair 2018 is a pilot initiative with a view to establishing a regular presence for Wales at this and other key international book fairs, as well as international industry-focused literature events.

The Wales at London Book Fair stand will provide an opportunity for fair visitors, delegates and industry professionals to meet some of Wales’ award winning publishers and leading literature organisations, to take part in the Insights Seminars with a Welsh focus, to discover new stories from Wales and to browse the books on display. It will also act as a hub for the many rights and sales negotiations that will take place, taking Wales’ writing to wider audiences and bringing new literary voices to readers in Wales.

London Book Fair takes place from 10 – 12 April at Olympia London (Hammersmith Rd, Hammersmith, London W14 8UX). The Wales at LBF Stand can be found at location 5C129

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