Wales Literature Exchange at London Book Fair

Wales Literature Exchange at London Book Fair

Wales Literature Exchange will be heading to the London Book Fair, the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels, held on 10 - 12 April 2018.  The Baltic Countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithunia, have been chosen as Market Focus for 2018.

Wales will have a collective stand (Stand 5C129) showcasing the best books and writers from Wales in both English and Welsh this year.  The stand is managed by a group of seven organisations: 

  • Arts Council of Wales/Wales Arts International;
  • British Council Wales;
  • Literature Across Frontiers;
  • Literature Wales;
  • Wales Literature Exchange;
  • Wales PEN Cymru;
  • Welsh Books Council.

Representatives from Wales Literature Exhange will be meeting publishers, agents and translators, and presenting our 2017–18 Bookcase - our selection of books which we recommend for translation.

Wales Literature Exchange will also be marking it's twentieth anniversary with a drinks recption at the Wales stand (Stand 5C129), Wednesday, 11 April, at 5pm.  We celabrate together with Parthian Books who turn twenty-five with a list of original and translated titles, and Head & Heart Book design who turn four.

To make an appointment with Wales Literature Exchange at London Book Fair, please contact Mari Siôn: mas31@aber.ac.uk


Wales at London Book Fair

Wales and Scotland – Indigenous Languages of the UK in Contemporary Literature
Wednesday, 11 April, 11.30am – 12.30pm, Literary Translation Centre

Explore the challenges and opportunities in writing and translating (some of) the many voices of the British Isles, including Gaelic, Welsh and Scots. They will explore bilingualism, the importance of language and translation in a UK context and the wide variety of voices in contemporary UK literature.

Members of the discussion panel will be:

  • Ifor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales (chairperson)
  • Alys Conran 
  • Siân Northey
  • Angus Peter Campbell 
  • James Robertson

More information can be found here


Interpreting Cultures: Russia, Europe and the West
Wednesday, 11 April, 2.30 – 3.30pm, The Cross-Cultural Hub

On the panel, discussing the opportunities and limitations of writing in-and-out of different languages, will be:

  • Menna Elfyn; 
  • Andrei Ivanov;
  • Rein Raud; 
  • Sergejs Timofejevs; 
  • Sasha Dugdale.

More information can be found here.


Wales and the New Magic Realism in Children’s Publishing
Wednesday, 11 April, 4pm – 5pm, Children’s Hub

Discover children’s literature in Wales in a new light, and learn more about the importance of growing indigenous voices in children’s publishing.

Members of the discussion panel will be:

  • Penny Thomas, Firefly (chairperson)
  • Eloise Williams 
  • Bethan Gwanas 
  • Catherine Fisher
  • Dr Siwan Rosser, Cardiff University

More information can be found here.


Translating Wales, Reading the World

Wednesday, 11 April, 5pm, stand 5C129

Wales Literature Exchange celabrates its 20th anniversary.  

Raise a glass of wine to WLE and to our literature, authors, translators and publishers,

We celebrate together with Parthain Books who turn twenty-fiveive with a list of original and translated titles, and Head & Heart Book Design who turn four.

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