Catalan literature gets to the London Book Fair (April 5th, 6th and 7th), an international reference scenario, with a broad programme of activities to promote knowledge and commercial exchange between the literary and publishing worlds in English and Catalan.
8 Catalan authors will participate in 8 sessions with English-language authors to talk about their works and the themes that run their creation, generating a dialogue between Catalan and English-language literature.
Beyond the fair and along with this focus, a programme with cultural activities will be held in various cities of the United Kingdom to advertise other areas of Catalan creation.
Institut Ramon Llull and Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals presents the Spotlight programme: the focus on Catalan culture that will take place from April 5th to 7th at the London Book Fair, one of the most prestigious fairs of the international publishing scene and main entrance to the English-language market.
The main goals with Spotlight are to enhance translations of Catalan literature authors to English, promote the authors of Catalan literature already translated to English, foster assignments from British publishers to Catalan and Balearic illustrators, and contribute to the growth and strengthening of commercial relations between Catalan publishers and agencies, and British and American publishers and agencies.
The scheduled programme for the fair is divided into two fields of action: the professional programme and the cultural programme. The professional programme will mainly focus on matchmaking sessions between the Catalan and the English-language publishing sectors, and it will take place at the Fair premises in order to motivate the sales of Catalan publishing rights.
Regarding the cultural programme, there will be 8 talks with Catalan and English-language authors open to the Fair visitors. They will discuss their works and the themes that inspire their writing, thus triggering a dialogue between Catalan and English-language literature. The Catalan authors joining these sessions are Irene Solà, Sergi Pàmies, Marta Orriols, Borja Bagunyà, Eva Baltasar, Josep Maria Esquirol, Aina Bestard and Raül Garrigasait. The English-language authors joining these sessions are Max Porter, Jay Griffiths, Daisy Johnson, David Constantine, Yara Rodrigues Fowler, Vassiliki Tzomaka, the translator Peter Bush and the publisher Christopher MacLehose.