Goodbye to Mexico Market Focus at The London Book Fair

As the Market Focus Mexico 2015 programme drew to a close, The London Book Fair (LBF) and its UK partners, The Publishers Association (PA) and the British Council, celebrated the success of this year’s programme with Mexican partners from CONACULTA and CANIEM on the Mexico Pavilion at LBF today.

In an official handover ceremony today on the final day of the fair, the outgoing Mexico Market Focus country was represented by Ricardo Cayuela Gally from Conaculta (The National Council for Culture and Arts) and esteemed Mexican author Elena Poniatowska. Next year LBF will host the IPA Congress 2016, which was represented today by IPA President Richard Charkin.

LBF Mexico’s Market Focus was the twelfth Market Focus programme and one of the most ambitious yet. It encompasses almost 16 months of planned activity, centring on these three days activity at The London Book Fair. The Professional Programme heard from the cream of Mexican publishing community in a series of business-to-business events, and the rich cultural Programme, featured eleven of the best contemporary writers from Mexico.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair said: “Mexico has been a wonderful Market Focus at this year’s Fair. We have learnt so much about contemporary Mexican literature and publishing and we have been honoured by having the inspiring pavilion and events programme at the heart of our Fair. I look forward to news of publishing deals over the coming months and years and to the growing success of Mexican literature abroad. I am delighted that next year we will host the internationally renowned IPA Congress.”

Cortina Butler, Director Literature, British Council said: “The London Book Fair Mexico Market Focus is one of the highlights of the 2015 UK Mexico Dual Year. The Fair has had a wonderful programme of events. We have all benefited from the greater insight that conversations, debates and readings that bring greater connections between the Mexican and British literature communities. There will be more visits to the UK through the year by Mexican authors and reciprocal visits to Mexico by UK authors as part of The London Book Fair programme. I am confident that many fruitful creative and commercial exchanges will continue in the years to come.”

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, The Publishers Association (UK), said: “I am delighted we have been to welcome Mexico as the Market Focus at this year’s London Book Fair. The professional programme curated by The PA has covered a huge range of topics and I know from having attended some of the events and talking to colleagues, that these have been hugely informative sessions. The stated aim of this programme is to leave a legacy that brings British and Mexican societies even closer together in the years ahead; and I believe that events such as this week will play a strong part in doing that.”

Richard Charkin, Bloomsbury and IPA President, said: “I’m delighted to say that the 31st IPA Congress will be taking place this time next year in London. Not only is this my home town and the home of Bloomsbury Publishing, it’s the home of many of the world’s greatest publishing houses. London is a city where international and intercultural influences come together, where people are challenged intellectually and creatively. I know that the 1,000 publishers who come to the International Publishers Congress in London will arrive with great expectations and will leave with memories of a wonderful week. We’re lucky to call London home, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the brightest minds from around the publishing world to London in 2016.”

The London Book Fair Market Focus programme has been very successful for previous countries and regions who have participated, leaving a long legacy of success and increased publisher links across the world. When Turkey was Market Focus in 2013, Bloomsbury acquired two novels from a Turkish author, Hasan Ali Toptaş, and a leading Turkish agency, Kalem Agency, sold rights to several authors including Hakan Gunday and Çiler İlhan. In 2012, China’s Bi Feiyu sold rights to his work Massage to Penguin and Tie Ning, sold The Bathing Girls to Macmillan.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About LBF Market Focus
The London Book Fair Market Focus initiative is currently in its twelfth year and has done much to open doors, creating both commercial and cultural partnerships around the world since it was first introduced in 2004. The objective of the Market Focus is to put the spotlight on publishing trade links with the country or region that is showcased, highlighting its publishing industry and the opportunities for conducting business with the rest of the world. Previous Market Focus countries and regions include the Arab World, India, South Africa, Russia, China, Turkey and Korea.

About The London Book Fair (LBF):
The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every Spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2015, the 44th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 14-Thursday 16 April 2015, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the second year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a five day programme. London Book and Screen Week will open with LBF’s Publishing for Digital Minds Conference on Monday 13 April, the day before LBF opens. Mexico is Market Focus country in 2015, following Korea in 2014. In 2014 LBF’s charity of the year was Book Aid International.

About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. We work in more than 100 countries and our 7000 staff – including 2000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year teaching English, sharing the Arts and in education and society programmes. We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than a quarter of our turnover which last year was £781m. The rest we earn from English teaching, UK exams and services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with other institutions, brands and companies. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and creates prosperity and security for the UK and the countries we work in all around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org. You can also keep in touch with the British Council through http://twitter.com/britishcouncil and http://blog.britishcouncil.org.

About the Publishers Association
The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership is comprised of 113 companies from across the trade, academic and education sectors. Its core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to members, who represent roughly 80% of the industry by turnover.

www.publishers.org.uk

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