International literature: 'Go See' between the Lines
Writers and publishers from Scotland will be packing their passports this month as a number of exciting fairs, festivals and symposiums take place around the world. We take a look at the Scottish organisations, people and publishers who throughout 2010 have the chance to learn, promote and network around the globe.
Publishing Scotland and the Scottish Arts Council are co-funding a 'Go See' awards for Scottish-based publishers to attend national and international book trade fairs. The Book Fair calendar began in March, with the Bologna Children's Book Fair, the most important international event dedicated to the children's publishing and multimedia industry.
From 23-26 March, Black and White Publishing, Strident Publishing and Floris Books joined authors, illustrators, literary agents, TV & Film producers, licensors and licensees, packagers, distributors, printers, booksellers, and librarians.
All had the opportunity to sell & buy publishing rights, find the very best of children's publishing and multimedia production, generate and gather new contacts while strengthening professional relationships and discussing and debating the latest sector trends. Sally Martin, Commissioning Editor from Floris Books, shares her experience on the Publishing Scotland website.
The London Book Fair took place between 19-21 April and was attended by a range of Scottish publishers, despite disruption to travel affected by the volcanic ash. The next of the season's international Book Fair's will take place in New York from 25-27 May. BookExpo is the largest publishing event in North America and this year Scottish publishers Cannongate Books, Waverley Books and Saraband will promote their authors, new titles, traditional and digital content.
October sees the industry's experts gather in Frankfurt when publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers or authors all come together. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licenses worldwide. More than 7,300 exhibitors from 100 countries, 299,000 visitors and over 10,000 journalists attend and this year, Vagabond Voices will join the Royal Botanic Gardens from Scotland at the fair from 6-10th October.
The International book fair circuit ends in Guadalajara International Book Fair from 27 November to 5 December and this year, Mainstream Publishing will represent Scotland at this outstanding meeting of the Spanish-language publishing world. Authors, literary agents, librarians, booksellers and more than 1,900 publishing houses from 40 countries with over half a million visitors will enjoy the world of books.
In June, 16 delegates to travel to Toronto in order to attend the International Symposium on the short story, as part of the Greater North Initiative. A partnership between the Scottish Arts Council and Arts Council England, three Scottish delegates will join writers, publishers and literature development professionals from the North East, North West and Yorkshire regions of England. The trip will encompass a series of visits to international literature organisations as well as attendance at the symposium itself. The trip has been jointly organised by Comma Press and Mslexia.
Back home, from 13-19 June Stories for Health will be running Scotland's first Symposium for Storytelling as a Healing Art at the Kelvin Conference Centre Glasgow. The course is a week-long residential for storytellers, teachers and health / care professionals. A host of international practitioners will lead a series of keynote sessions, workshops, storytelling sessions and evening events to explore the role of storytelling as a healing art.