Grant to scout for foreign-language books
Arts Council England have awarded a one-off grant for a new
project to take a group of UK editors to the 2019 Bologna
Children's Book Fair to scout for foreign-language books.
The project follows two successful years of BookTrust's "In
Other Words" scheme, among other initiatives that seek to encourage
the availability of more translated children's books in the
historically under-served UK market.
Eight editors - chosen by an open process of expressions of
interest - will travel to Bologna on April 1st 2019; the cost of
flights, accommodation and admission to the Fair will be covered by
this scheme, and there will be a subsistence per diem. In addition,
a small fund will be available upon the editors' return to
commission sample translations of work that might have been of
Translator Daniel Hahn, who is running the
project, says: "Over the last few years, many great UK children's
publishers have expressed an eagerness to acquire more work in
translation for our market. Following a number of successful
introductory schemes - in particular BookTrust's 'In Other Words'
programme - we're keen to move on to the next step in helping
publishers find their way into this exciting new field. So we'd
welcome expressions of interest from any editors, whether very
junior or very senior, working in any area of children's/YA trade
publishing, who wouldn't otherwise be going to Bologna 2019 but for
whom this first exploratory trip might be a valuable opportunity.
The only stipulation is that they don't already have extensive
experience publishing work in translation but have an interest in
Editors are invited to submit an expression of interest
outlining very briefly (no more than 400 words) why they would like
to be a part of the scheme, how they might benefit from it and what
sort of work they might be looking for at the Fair.
The deadline for expressions of interest
is Monday 19 November 2018.
For more information, contact Daniel Hahn at email@example.com
This new initiative is being supported by BookTrust, The British
Council, Words Without Borders and the Bologna Children's Book
Fair, among other partners.
The British Council will be running an open publishers' event in
London on the morning of November 14th, looking at how to make
foreign-language acquisitions easy and successful. The programme
for this event will be announced in the coming weeks. Cortina
Butler, Director Literature, British Council says: "Creating
opportunities for more children in the UK and around the world to
learn about other countries and cultures through reading is a vital
part of cultural relations. We are delighted to support this
initiative to take UK editors to Bologna and broaden their network
of international contacts in children's publishing. Attendees at
the event on November 14th will also be able to see our new
exhibition Drawing Words, showcasing the work of UK children's
illustrators, which will be touring the world over the next 18
BookTrust will produce a set of resources to help non-English
publishers pitch to UK editors, as well as a guide to help UK
editors spot international excellence. The resources will be
launched at an international networking event for publishers. Jill
Coleman, Director of Children's Books, BookTrust, says "The lessons
learned from 'In Other Words' have been distilled in this highly
practical guide, which will support the connections made between
publishers at the Bologna Book Fair and beyond."
Following the trip, Words Without Borders will publish a
children's literature special issue.