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Romania participates in the 2015 edition of the London International Book Fair


Romania is set to participate in this year's edition of the London International Book Fair, about to start on April 14, with 15 publishing houses, according to a release sent by the Romanian Embassy in London.

According to the abovementioned source, the Romanian stand and the event programme were conceived, organized and financed by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), via the National Book Centre and ICR London, with the support from the Romanian Embassy in London and the Association of Romanian Publishers, the European Bookshop in London and Patrick Leigh Fermor Society.

With the actual Fair being open only to professionals, the public events were organized at the headquarters of ICR London and the European Bookshop next to the Piccadilly Circus, where last year ICR arranged a Romanian books shelf, specified the release.

According to the Romanian Embassy in London, the concept behind the Romanian programme at the current edition revolves around the idea of bridge-author, of the writer able to unveil, outside its space of origin, the profound design of a cultural identity and to translate, in its own culture, the historic, cultural and intellectual profile of a foreign culture.

The programme is based on two writers — one Romania, the other from UK — "who made from their work, each one in its own style, the privileged place of some important cultural and self-discoveries."

"The special guest of this year's edition at Romania's stand will be Ana Blandiana, who is not only one of the most important Romanian post-war authors, but also a great civic consciousness and a a builder of institutions of the national memory. The other celebrated author is Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011), the most important British author of travel books in the last decades, who wrote hundreds of eloquent and subtle pages about the jubilation of the encounter with Romania's people and landscapes," specified the release.

There will also be professional meetings, public dialogues, book launches and related events involving men of letters "who built, in their turn, pertinent and sustainable relations between the Romanian and the British cultural spaces," poets Fleurd Adcock and Vidyan Ravinthiran, translators Viorica Patea and Paul Scott Derrick, writer Liviu Antonesei, researchers Marius Turda, Daniel Briggs and Dorina Dobre, authors Nigel Shakespeare and Ian Macilwain, historian Alan Ogden, journalist Tom Fort, as well as important cultural personalities from the UK, such as Michael de Styrcea, Serban Cantacuzino and Marie-Lyse Ruhemann, plus musicians Nicolas Simion and Sorin Romanescu.

This years edition of the London International Book Fair, the 8th for Romania, will open on April 14 at the Olympia Exhibition centre in the Kensignton residential zone, in western London.

A real business forum of professionals in the world books industry, the Fair is almost exclusively organised to put into contact and facilitate business relations between the approximately 25,000 publishers, book agents, bookies and book distributors etc., representing more than 120 countries, informs the Romanian Embassy in London.