London Book Fair: Spotlight on Poland

03/14/17
Category: Nachrichten, Kunst- und Kulturaustausch  
Writer Olga Tokarczuk is one of the Polish authors featured at the London Book Fail Market Focus. Photo: Európa Pont (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Writer Olga Tokarczuk is one of the Polish authors featured at the London Book Fail Market Focus. Photo: Európa Pont (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

As one of the biggest literary and publishing events of the year, the London Book Fair has established itself as a meeting place for writers and publishers from around the world. Each year London Book Fair promotes cultural diversity through its Market Focus, an initiative presenting the publishing industry of a country or region. This year, the Market Focus is Poland.

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair, on the decision to name Poland as the Market Focus: "In the UK, Polish is the most widely spoken language second only to English. Our countries share a unique bond and an interwoven history, yet despite this, our collective knowledge and understanding of Poland, not to mention its culture, literary scene and writers, remains surprisingly limited. Through this 11th LBF Market Focus programme, we aim to build long-lasting and meaningful relationships and introduce a variety of audiences to a broad cross-section of Polish literature."

The Market Focus programme will consist of numerous seminars and discussions during the week of the London Book Fair (14 to 16 March). They will take place in London and around the UK, enabling a wider British audience to get acquainted with Polish literature and its most prominent contemporary authors.

Polish writers participating in the event include Jacek Dehnel, Artur Domosławski, Jacek Dukaj, Marta Ignerska, Dariusz Karłowicz, Marzanna Kielar, Zygmunt Miłoszewski, husband-and-wife duo Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński, Andrzej Nowak, Olga Tokarczuk and Ewa Winnicka.