Reading Balkans: Connecting Publishers
One-day online publishing conference and matchmaking session
September 2, 2021, 10:00–13:00 (CEST)
meet select editors and authors from Southeast Europe • discover insights by publishing professionals • find partners
Goga Publishing invites you to a special Reading Balkans virtual networking meeting with a dedicated matchmaking session. The event, highlighting some of the best publishers from Southeast Europe, will help international publishing professionals get better acquiainted with authors from Southeast Europe and find new partners.
About the conference
Since the COVID-19 crisis, publishing has been faced with amplified challenges, particularly in the field of international activities. With major bookfairs having been postponed or cancelled, the reality of regular B2B meetings was radically altered, making networking difficult.
To promote the resilience and recovery of the publishing sector, help professionals meet their counterparts, and make authors from the Southeast Europe more visible, the Reading Balkans project (led by Goga Publishing, Slovenia) will organise a virtual networking and matchmaking event. The event, promoting transnational circulation of literary works, will be an opportunity for discovery and exchange of ideas. Especially with the currently open calls for proposals within the Creative Europe Programme, the meeting will help publishers forge new partnerships.
What to expect
The event will consist of three parts:
- short talks by publishing professionals
- publishers’ introductions
During the first part, invited publishing professionals will discuss the reasons for as well as specifics of translating authors from Southeast Europe and share their insights. This part will also provide an overview of different funding mechanisms and platforms. It will include contributions from
- Susan Curtis (Istros Books),
- Andrej Lovšin (Traduki),
- Hana Stojić (Traduki),
- Renata Zamida (former director of the Slovenian Book Agency).
In the second part, select publishers will introduce their finest authors, of whom one per publisher will also be present in person. Invited publishers:
- Buybook (Bosnia and Herzegovina),
- Geopoetika (Serbia),
- Goga Publishing (Slovenia),
- OceanMore (Croatia),
- Partizanska knjiga (Serbia),
- Sandorf (Croatia).
The third part will offer matchmaking opportunities for quick one-on-one sessions.
About Reading Balkans
Reading Balkans, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, promotes authors from the Southeast Europe, strengthens cooperation between publishing professionals from Southeast Europe and their international counterparts, and fosters writers’ cross-border mobility. The project emphasises the importance of cross-cultural dialogue to fight nationalism and intolerance.
The project’s residency programme is a cooperation of Goga Publishing (SI), Goten Publishing (MK), Udruženje Krokodil (SRB), Udruga Kurs (CRO), Poeteka (AL), Qendra Multimedia (Kosovo), PEN Centre (BIH), Traduki, and other partners.
Reading Balkans: Makes translations happen!