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BookTrust Launches ‘In Other Words’ New Children’s Books in Translation Project

Children’s reading charity BookTrust today announces a new children’s books in translation initiative, called ‘In Other Words’, to encourage UK publishers to publish more works from around the world.

BookTrust will pay for sample translations from 10 outstanding works and present them to the UK publishing community in an event at the Bologna Book Fair.

BookTrust invites foreign publishers, agents and scouts to submit outstanding works of fiction for 6-12 year olds to a panel of expert judges who will select 10 titles for translation. Chaired by literary critic, Nicolette Jones, the panel includes award winning translators Sarah Ardizzone and Daniel Hahn, Waterstones’ Florentyna Martin, Emma Langley from Arts Council England and BookTrust’s Director of Children’s Books Jill Coleman. The judges will select 10 outstanding entries, with up to 4 declared BookTrust In Other Words Honour Titles. A special event will be held at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair on 4th April 2017 showcasing the Honour Titles, with information about all 10 extracts included in a rights guide.

Any UK publisher acquiring rights to publish one of the texts will be given a £1500 grant per book from BookTrust to promote the author and translator with UK marketing, publicity and touring in the UK.

The project is funded by Arts Council England.

Submissions open on 1st September and close on 26th September. Full information about the project can be found at http://www.booktrust.org.uk/in-other-words

The project will be launched to UK publishers at an event on 4th October 2016. This will involve discussions around barriers to translation, and guidance on how best to work with authors and their translators when promoting books in the UK.

Diana Gerald, CEO of BookTrust comments: ‘We are delighted to be launching our new initiative to encourage more UK publishers to acquire foreign fiction for children. We know children benefit enormously from reading widely and from stories set in other cultures, and now more than ever we are looking to diversify the books we offer children. We have had had an extremely positive response from publishers and we look forward to being inundated with the very best children’s stories from around the world, and bringing them to a whole new readership.’

Emma Langley, Arts Council England comments: ‘We are pleased to be working with BookTrust and the Bologna Book Fair to encourage and enable more UK publishers to celebrate the best foreign literature. Conversations the team at BookTrust have had with publishers have shown the cost of translation and of promoting overseas authors in the UK are real barriers, and this project seeks to overcome both. BookTrust’s In Other Words is part of our wider programme of events championing books in translation.’

For more information please contact freelance project manager Clare Hall-Craggs tel 07880 783113 email clarehallcraggs@gmail.comor Monica Brimacombe in the BookTrust press office tel 020 7801 8849 email monica.brimacombe@booktrust.org.uk

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