New Generation of Russian Literature Professionals visit the UK

From 26 January to 3 February 2019, a delegation of Russian literature and publishing professionals will visit the UK as part of a study tour, exploring the international market and engaging with UK professionals in Edinburgh, Manchester, Norwich and London.

Twelve professionals from the Russian literature sector have been selected via an open call. From Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, this new generation of literature leaders includes publishers, translators, digital developers, editors, curators, festival producers, critics, librarians and innovators.

The delegates will have the opportunity to visit Edinburgh, Manchester, Norwich and London, where they will meet UK peers, visit leading institutions and take part in roundtable discussions and public events, speaking about their professional experiences and the traditions, trends, challenges and perspectives of the Russian market. 

A public event will be held at the Free Word in London on Thursday 31st January 2019, in partnership with English PEN. With the rise in popularity of Young Adult literature in Russia, a panel of three Russian publishing professionals will shine light on contemporary Russian Children’s and YA books and authors and discuss what young people are reading in Russia, what they are excited about as publishers and literature professionals, the challenges to publishing, and the influence of international trends.  To find out more about the event, which will be in English, please visit

The tour visit is arranged by the British Council and the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow, in partnership with cultural institutions including English PEN, the National Centre for Writing, and The Publisher’s Association. It is a part of the Future Culture programme, which facilitates the professional development of emerging and established cultural leaders in Russia.

For an opportunity to connect with the delegates while they are in the UK, please contact Programme Curator Bhavit Mehta 

Follow the delegate’s tour on twitter: #FCLiterature2019

Find out more about the delegates.

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