British Council Launches Open Call for Commissioning Editors Trip to Mexico

The British Council and CONACULTA today announced an open call for six commissioning editors to travel to Mexico City in preparation for The London Book Fair’s 2015 Mexico Market Focus. Taking place in September, the trip will be a unique opportunity for UK editors to develop a greater understanding of contemporary Mexican literature, gain insights into the opportunities of the Mexican market and build long-lasting relationships with their counterparts at Mexican publishing houses.

The programme for the Editors Trip will introduce delegates to the vibrant Mexican literary scene and introduce them to contemporary Mexican writing through meetings with Mexican editors, rights professionals and translators. Meetings will take place at publishing houses, cultural venues and bookshops throughout Mexico City to showcase the best of Mexico’s cultural offerings. The UK editors will also have the opportunity to meet writers and members of the broader literary community.

Delegates will be selected by a committee including a representative from the British Council, CONACULTA, The London Book Fair and The Publishers Association. Preference will be given to applicants from publishers with a proven track-record of publishing literature in translation, especially writing from Latin America, and who express a genuine desire to build new and on-going relationships with Mexican publishing professionals.

Cortina Butler, Director Literature at the British Council says, ‘This is an exceptional opportunity for UK editors to immerse themselves in Mexican literature and the Mexican publishing scene through an intensive programme of meetings and discussion with the best publishers, partners and venues in Mexico City. I am delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to UK editors in advance of The London Book Fair Mexico Market Focus in April 2015.’

The British Council is in its eighth year of working in partnership with The London Book Fair to curate and deliver a Cultural Programme which supports the country or region selected annually as Market Focus. The Cultural Programme seeks to promote cultural exchange with the UK. Together, the British Council and CONACULTA will support and curate a programme of events in the lead-up to the Mexico Market Focus to encourage greater cultural exchange between Mexico and the UK, to build awareness of each other’s literature amongst literary professionals and readers in both countries and to create opportunities for writers from both countries to prosper.

The Editors Trip forms part of the Cultural Programme curated by the British Council and CONACULTA which will include visits by UK writers to Mexico, a translation project, participation of Mexican writers at UK literary festivals, and will culminate in a delegation of ten Mexican writers visiting the UK in April to participate in events at The London Book Fair and around London and the UK.

In addition to the Cultural Programme, the Market Focus initiative comprises a year-long Professional Programme of business-to-business events taking place in Mexico and the UK. Pre-fair learning opportunities throughout the year complement the networking and matchmaking sessions taking place at the Fair itself in April 2015. The Professional Programme is designed to increase knowledge of the Mexican and the UK publishing markets and develop deeper relationships amongst industry professionals from around the world. To register your interest in this year’s Mexico Professional Programme please click here

The Professional Programme is designed and delivered by The London Book Fair and their UK partner, The Publishers Association, working closely with CONACULTA, CANIEM and other partners in Mexico.

The London Book Fair Market Focus initiative is currently in its eleventh 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.


Notes to Editors

Application information:

Application deadline: 11 July 2014

Trip dates: 8-11 September 2014

For more information about the British Council contact
Mary Doherty, Press Officer // 0207 389 3144


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 by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes. We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover which last year was £781m. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.

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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. The Week will close with a direct-to-consumer creative writing event, The London Writer’s Fair, on Friday 18 April. Mexico is Market Focus country in 2015, following Korea in 2013.


The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership is comprised of 117 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.



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