Australian Literary Delegation visits Indian writers’ festivals

The Australia Council for the Arts will lead a delegation of Australian publishers and writers’ festival programmers on a 12-day program to India from Friday 13 January 2017.

The delegation led by Dr Wendy Were, Executive Director Strategic Development and Advocacy for the Australia Council for the Arts will visit the Hindu Lit for Life Festival in Chennai, the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, Zee Jaipur Literature Festival and Jaipur Bookmark, and meet with publishers in New Delhi, as well as participating in industry meetings and networking events. The Indian literature program is designed to forge strong links between Australian and Indian publishers, develop audiences and build markets for literature.

Dr Were said the India Literature Exploratory delegation was in its third year, with the first delegation of publishers visiting India in January 2015. The program was expanded in 2016 to incorporate festival directors.

“The Australia Council for the Arts recognises the important continuum between publishers and festival directors when building market and audience development for books and writing,” Dr Were said.

“Australia has such a rich and diverse literary festival culture which has been going from strength to strength over the last 20 years and this plays a vital role in shaping audiences for books, as well as enabling discoverability for new titles and authors.

“This delegation builds upon opportunities not just in India for Australian publishers but also in Australia itself. It also provides opportunities for Indian publishers to sell rights to Australian publishers and the delegation has been deliberately structured to include both buyers and sellers in the true spirit of reciprocity.

“During the 12 days, these delegates will explore the Indian market where there has been an increase in the number of titles coming out of that region and significant large scale investment in retail and marketing.

“There is real opportunity with the fast-growing Indian diaspora community in Australia as well as selling rights into India. As the connections between Australia and India strengthen, there is a growing appetite for books in both markets, and the delegation aims to capitalise on this,” Dr Were said.

The Australia Council for the Arts invests in international arts activity to support artistic, market and audience development through grants and strategic projects. Our international development program recognises the strategic importance of long term engagement with the international arts community as key to the success of the Australian arts sector.

More information about the Australia Council’s international development program can be found on the  Council’s website.

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