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Visiting International Publishers program to run alongside SWF in 2016

The Australia Council has announced its Visiting International Publishers (VIP) program will run alongside the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) in May next year.

Australia Council arts strategy executive director Wendy Were said the VIP program is one of the council’s key international programs, and is ‘crucial to bolstering the sales and networks of Australian publishers and thus the income and international profile for Australian writers’. ‘The 2016 VIPs program will also build on this year’s successful inclusion of festival directors from India and Indonesia, acknowledging the important role festivals play in the promotion of literature,’ said Were.

The VIP program, which has run since 1998, aims to promote rights sales of Australian titles in overseas markets and to strengthen the links between Australian and overseas publishers. The program has previously alternated between the Sydney and the Adelaide writers’ festivals, but will return to SWF in 2016 for the second year in a row.

The 2015 program featured 16 international guests, up from 12 in 2014, with ‘additional publishers from priority markets in India, Taiwan and Korea, thanks to support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’.

 

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