About the opportunity
Six publishing professionals from Turkey, Ukraine and Georgia (two from each) will be paired with counterparts from the UK. They will have the opportunity to visit their opposite number on a curated study visit, to gain sector insight and forge professional connections from September 2019 – September 2020.
- Online meets (Nov-Jan 2019).
- Fellows from Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine visit the UK for a study trip (Feb 2020).
- British Fellows study trips (June-July 2020):
2 x Fellows visit Georgia
2 x Fellows visit Turkey
2 x Fellows visit Ukraine
- Development Fund activities commence (Oct 2020 – Mar 2021).
At the end of the Fellowship, Fellows will be invited to bid for a development fund of up to £3k each. This fund will enable them to continue forging international professional links. Fellows could spend the fund:
- visiting trade fairs
- shadowing opportunities
- professional training
- seed-funding international projects, etc.
Development Fund Applications will be assessed on the following:
- prior commitment to the Fellowship activities
- likely impact of the activities on developing the Fellow’s career and international connections
- value for money.
Quote from Director Literature:
“The British Council are thrilled to be launching an International Publishing Fellowship, to support professional development and promote global connections throughout the industry. We have seen collaborations across the international publishing community foster new approaches and push boundaries. We look forward to seeing the ideas and innovations that emerge from this new Fellowship programme.”
The Fellows, who were selected via open-call application, all demonstrate a commitment to innovation and internationalism in publishing. They work across a range of genres including literary fiction, childrens and YA, non-fiction and art and design, in roles including editorial, foreign rights, marketing, design and production, for large conglomerate publishers and boutique independent presses.
The UK fellows are Alesha Bonser (Penguin Random House), Arthur Thompson (Kogan Page), Emma Warnock (No Alibi), Molly Sight (Scribe), Ansa Khan Kattak (Picador), Becca Parkinson (Comma Press).
The fellows from Turkey are Başak Güntekin (Parsut Kitap) and Mehmet Erkurt (Can Yanilari).
And the Georgian fellows Mariam Bakuradze (Intelekti) Luka Limeri Grigolia (Sulakauri).
The Ukrainian fellows are Mykola Kovalchuk (ArtHuss) and Kateryna Nosko (IST).
Co-fouder of IST Publishing, art expert, independent researcher, curator of educational programmes and exhibitions. Co-author of the book «Where is Curation» (2017) about curatorial practices in Ukraine. Curated exhibitions: Artist's Childhood (Mystetskiy Arsenal, 2017; Aza Nizi Maza, 2019), Afterparty (MASLO gallery, 2018) Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Mystetskiy Arsenal, Arts Palace, 2016). Writes about culture and book publishing. Curated The Forum of New Education as part of the Arsenal of Ideas festival (Kyiv, 2017), MASLO contemporary art gallery in Khmelnytskiy (2017 – 2018). Curator of the educational programme at the LINOLEUM festival of animation and media arts (since 2016).
Independent graphic designer who designs books professionally since 2007. Currently working with several publishing houses: ArtHuss, Komora, Smoloskyp, Yakaboo Publishing. designed more than 250 publications over 12 years of professional work. Since 2009, teaches graphic design (Mohyla School of Journalism, School of Visual Communications, Projector, MEAT Studies). Organises lectures and practical training dedicated to text design and publishing business, provides cororate training for design studios and corporate design departments.