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UK Guest of Honour at Guadalajara International Book Fair

UK Guest of Honour at Guadalajara International Book Fair, Mexico: 28 November – 6 December 2015

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24th June 2015

The British delegation at Guadalajara International Book Fair is organised by the British Council and will be made up of more than 150 writers, academics, artists and representatives of publishing houses.

Thirty writers from across the UK will be part of a 150-strong delegation at this year’s Guadalajara International Book Fair (Feria Internacional del libro – FIL) in Mexico. Writers including Irvine Welsh, Jeanette Winterson, Philippa Gregory, Andrew Motion, Val McDermid, Naomi Alderman and Owen Jones will feature as part of the UK Guest of Honour Literary Programme.

The delegation has been carefully selected to reflect the strong regional identities that make up the UK and the unique breadth of British literature in the 21st century. It includes established novelists and poets, emerging writers, those that are still experimenting with themes and literary form, writers testing the limits of existing genre definitions and boundaries; and those exploring new media such as digital, spoken word and graphic novels.

Writers who have so far been confirmed to take part:

Naomi Alderman

Ned Beauman

Kevin Brooks

John Burnside

Joe Dunthorne

Inua Ellams

Anne Fine

Karrie Fransman

Sally Gardner

Philippa Gregory

Tessa Hadley

Joanne Harris

Alexandra Heminsley

Philip Hoare

Gareth P. Jones

Owen Jones

Philip Kerr

Val McDermid

Clare McGowan

Helen Mort

Sir Andrew Motion

Helen Oyeyemi

Jon Ronson

Iain Sinclair

Ed Vere

Irvine Welsh

Louise Welsh

Jeanette Winterson

Cortina Butler, Director Literature at the British Council, said: “These writers challenge and stimulate their readers whether they are exploring the human condition in literary fiction or working in the genres adored by the British: crime, history, fantasy, nature, politics and satire. They are also a versatile group – poets who write screenplays, novelists who script video games, biographers who write short stories, and children’s writers who move effortlessly between ages. These award-winning authors are passionate about their writing and the power of literature to open minds, extend horizons, transcend borders and form connections.”

The Country of Honour project is being led by the British Council in partnership with The Publishers Association (PA) and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). The centrepiece of FIL will be a 1,705 sqm two-story UK pavilion that will invite visitors to “Discover the UK”. The venue will include an exhibition and meeting area for publishers, a bookshop and an event space for presentations, talks, author signings and performances.

The UK Guest of Honour Literary Programme will see writers take part in the literary, academic and FIL Niños (children’s) programmes. The FIL Forum, just outside the exhibition hall, will host nine nights of music, theatre and dance performances. Finally, in and around the city of Guadalajara there will be two contemporary visual arts exhibitions by David Hockney and David Shrigley and a festival of UK films.

FIL is the most important publishing gathering in Ibero-America. It is also a remarkable cultural festival with literature at its heart. It has been organised by the University of Guadalajara for 28 years and occupies a unique space, catering simultaneously to both the general public and book professionals. In 2014, over 1,900 publishers from 44 countries, 20,000 book professionals, 280 rights directors from 120 companies participated in FIL, with audience figures reaching more than 750,000 over the period of the fair.

The Programme sees the culmination of the Dual Year of UK and Mexico 2015, a year-long celebration of cultural, educational and business exchange between the two nations.

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