The London Book Fair Announces New Partnership With The European Union Prize for Literature

The London Book Fair (LBF) is delighted to announce that the winners of the European Union Prize for Literature 2015 will be revealed at the Opening Ceremony at the Fair on Tuesday 14 April. The announcement will be made by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. It marks the beginning of a new partnership between LBF and the European Union Prize for Literature which sees a strong focus on the promotion of the winning authors within the book trade.

The aim of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is to put the spotlight on the creativity and wealth of European contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and encourage greater interest in non-national literary works.

The selected countries for the 2015 Prize are Austria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden. The winning authors from Norway and Portugal will be at the Opening Ceremony and available for interview.

This is the first time in the 44-year history of The London Book Fair that there has been an Opening Ceremony, which marks LBF’s new location, returning to the newly refurbished Olympia, London. Speakers at the event will represent different regions of the world and will include His Highness, Sheikh Sultan Al-Qasimi for the Arab World; Brian Murray, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, for North America and Mr Tan Yue, President of China Publishing Group, for Asia. Commissioner Tibor Navracsics will speak for Europe.

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Tuesday 14 -Thursday 16 April 2015

Notes to editors:

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 2015, LBF’s charity of the year is Booktrust.

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The EUPL is reserved for works of fiction by European emerging authors, regardless of their age. The Prize competition is open to the countries involved in the Creative Europe programme, presently 36, with more likely to join. Each year, national juries in a third of the participating countries nominate their winning authors, making it possible for all countries and language areas to be represented over a three-year period. The first three-year EUPL cycles were completed in 2009-2011 and 2012-2014; the third cycle starts in 2015.

The Prize is funded by the Creative Europe programme (2014-2020). The EUPL is organised annually for the European Commission by a consortium made up of the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), the European Writers’ Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP).

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EIBF is a non-commercial European and International umbrella association representing national Booksellers Associations and Booksellers over the world. Through its member associations, EIBF speaks on behalf of more than 25.000 individual booksellers. THE EUROPEAN WRITERS COUNCIL (EWC)

EWC is an international non-profit association established in 2006 in Belgium. It represents over 160.000 professional writers and literary translators, belonging to 50 authors’ associations in 34 European countries.

FEP is an independent, non-commercial umbrella association of book publishers associations in the European Union. FEP represents 28 national associations of book publishers of the European Union and of the European Economic Area. FEP is the voice of the great majority of publishers in Europe. Founded in 1967, FEP deals with European legislation and advises publishers’ associations on copyright and other legislative issues.

The Creative Europe programme was launched by the European Commission on 1 January 2014 and has a total budget of nearly €1.5 billion – nine per cent more than in the previous financing period – for the next seven years (2014 – 2020). It builds on the success of the Culture and MEDIA programmes, which have supported the cultural and audiovisual sectors for more than 20 years. In 2015, 36 European countries participate in the programme and more are likely to join.

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