LBF and the British Council visit Poland to meet those behind Market Focus 2017

LBF and the British Council visit Poland to meet those behind Market Focus 2017

London/Krakow, 11 July 2016: A delegation from The London Book Fair (LBF) and the British Council arrives in Poland today to meet with publishers, retailers, festival programmers, and other industry representatives, ahead of Poland Market Focus 2017.

The week-long visit, which has been coordinated by the British Council, in cooperation with Poland Market Focus partners, the Polish Book Institute, will see the delegation travel to Krakow and Warsaw to discuss the programme to promote the very best of Polish literature and writing at LBF 2017 (14-16 March 2017).

The group, which will include LBF Director Jacks Thomas, and the British Council’s Director of Literature, Cortina Butler, will meet with key representatives from across Polish publishing including Wroclaw European Capital of Culture, the Conrad Festival, Wydawnictwo Literackie Publishing House, and the Polish Chamber of Books.

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair, commented:

“There is no better way of learning about a country’s publishing landscape and culture than to see it with your own eyes and speak to the major publishers and organisers in their back yard. I very much look forward to our stay in Poland and meeting with some of the brilliant people who are driving Polish publishing.”

Cortina Butler, Director of Literature at the British Council, stated:

“Poland’s rich literary heritage has the strength and depth to leave a lasting imprint on the international publishing world. I am delighted to have this opportunity to meet with a wide variety of publishers, booksellers, writers and translators who play a major part in the Polish publishing industry. With the Polish Book Institute, the British Council aims to deliver a vibrant programme of cultural events around the 2017 London Book Fair Poland Market Focus, and we hope that this will create a wealth of collaboration opportunities for the UK and Polish publishing industries.”

The London Book Fair Market Focus programme is a key opportunity for UK and international publishers to liaise with their foreign counterparts, and seek out and capitalise on new business partnerships. Market Focus Poland will combine an extensive professional programme with a comprehensive schedule of cultural events celebrating the very best of Polish literature and writing.

The professional programme, organised by The London Book Fair and the Publishers Association, will be an all-encompassing series of events and publisher meetings, providing essential insight into the Polish publishing industry, while highlighting business opportunities and showcasing the market’s importance in the wider context of international publishing.

Market Focus Poland’s Cultural Programme will be curated by the British Council and will bring some of the most prominent and exciting visiting and Britain-based Polish writers to the UK. The series of public events, which will take place at various venues across the country, will provide a valuable opportunity for UK audiences and publishers to meet and interact with Polish authors.

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Notes to editors:


Tuesday 14 -Thursday 16 March 2017


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 2016, the 46th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 14-Thursday 16 March 2017, Olympia London. For further information, please visit:


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 Polish Book Institute is a national cultural institution established by the Ministry of Culture to promote Polish literature worldwide and to popularise books and reading within the country. We encourage translators of Polish literature to translate Polish books, foreign publishers to publish their translations, and the organisers of literary events all over the world to invite Polish authors to take part in them. Thanks to financial support which we provide through the ©Poland Translation Programme, in recent years more than 2,000 translations of Polish books have been published abroad. We organise world congresses for translators of Polish literature and seminars for foreign publishers, and we created and maintain the world’s first internet site dedicated entirely to Polish literature: contains biographies of Polish contemporary writers, reviews, literary news and literary multimedia.


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.


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. 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 8,000 staff – including 2,000 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 publicly-funded grant provides 16 per cent of our turnover which last year was £973 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also 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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