LBF 2013 Market Focus Turkey Programme begins with professional meetings at the International Istanbul Book Fair

The London Book Fair 2013 Market Focus Turkey Programme begins with professional meetings at the International Istanbul Book Fair, 17-21 November 2012

As 2013’s “Market Focus” Turkey is preparing to participate in The London Book Fair (LBF) on 15-17 April next year. The professional programme begins at TÜYAP International Istanbul Book Fair where an itinerary has been prepared by Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, under the coordination of Turkish National Organizing Committee, and in partnership with The London Book Fair, , the British Council, İstanbul International Book Fair and the UK Publishers Association.

Leading British publishers, seven editors and a trade journalist have been invited by Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism to the International Istanbul Book Fair. The editors will familiarise themselves with the Turkish publishing industry at panels, talks, and professional meetings during the fair including a presentation on the Turkish and British Book Markets. The editors will also be given a tour of Turkish publishing houses in Istanbul, the heart of the Turkish publishing industry.

Additionally, there will be an increased presence from The Publishers Association (PA), the leading trade organization serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK, a strategic partner of The London Book Fair. The PA will for the first time have a UK collective stand at TUYAP (stand number 103A). There are eight publishers participating on the UK collective stand all looking to strengthen business relations with Turkish publishers.

About The London Book Fair Market Focus programme

With a colourful and rich programme coordinated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey and Turkish National Organizing Committee in cooperation with the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Yunus Emre Institute, the London Book Fair, the British Council, and the Publishers Association of the UK, preparations for Turkey’s participation in The London Book Fair as the “Market Focus Country” have reached the final stage.

The LBF Market Focus features a Professional Programme of seminars, in partnership with the UK Publishers Association and the Turkish National Organizing Committee, which are aimed at those looking to do business with Turkey.

The British Council will be hosting a cultural programme at the London Book Fair, across London and throughout the UK to showcase the diversity and quality of contemporary writing from Turkey.

Turkey’s national stand: a rich variety of sections
Turkey is preparing a stand for The London Book Fair Market Focus Country activities, representing its colourful cultural diversity, befitting the richness of the programme, and reflecting the progress made by the Turkish publishing sector over the recent years.

Turkey will be represented at The London Book Fair 2013 by a national stand covering an area of 500 m2 and another stand sponsored by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, covering an area of 170 m2. The stands will be comprised of 30 Turkish publishers, all located at the “Market Focus Country” section.

This national stand will contain a special section for the TEDA Translation Subvention Project, a section on Children’s and Young Adult Literature, a national book exhibition entitled “Books from Turkey” and it will also host displays of traditional handcrafts and illustrations. In addition, Turkey’s national stand will be the venue for various cultural activities organized by the Turkish National Organizing Committee. About 200 professionals will be present at Turkey’s national stand and ITO (Istanbul Chamber of Commerce) stand, where they will hold meetings and promote their new products and publications.

For further information about The London Book Fair 2013, please contact Nicola Green, Midas Public Relations, tel: 020 7361 7860, email: nicola.green@midaspr.co.uk

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Note to Editors:

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR (LBF)
The London Book Fair 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. The London Book Fair brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. The London Book Fair 2013, the 42nd Fair, will take place from 15-17 April 2013, Earls Court, London. Turkey is Market Focus country in 2013, following China in 2012. For further information, please visit: www.londonbookfair.co.uk.

THE MARKET FOCUS PROGRAMME
The Market Focus programme was first created in 2004 for LBF to draw attention to certain countries and highlight the trade links with this territory, its publishing industry and the opportunities for conducting business with the rest of the world.

THE BRITISH COUNCIL
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK ’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Our 7000 staff in over 100 countries work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year through English, arts, education and society programmes. We earn over 75% of our annual turnover of nearly £700 million from services which customers pay for, education and development contracts we bid for and from partnerships. A UK Government grant provides the remaining 25%. We match every £1 of core public funding with over £3 earned in pursuit of our charitable purpose. For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org.

THE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
The Publishers Association (PA) is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. The Publishers Association works to promote the UK book trade at major international book fairs, and will be available to provide lists of exhibitors who have rights and English language books to sell, as well as provide general information about the publishing industry in the UK. www.publishers.org.uk

REED EXHIBITIONS
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 460 events in 36 countries. In 2010 Reed Exhibitions brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billion of dollars in business.

Reed Exhibitions serves 44 industry sectors with trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and meetings, and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE 100 company.

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