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New Delhi World Book Fair inaugurated today-European Union to be the Guest of Honour-European literary prowess on display at World Book Fair 2018

08/01/2018 - 07:24
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Opening a window to the rich European literary and cultural production, this year’s New Delhi World Book Fair (WBF) being held at Pragati Maidan New Delhi from January 6th to 14th 2018 which will host the European Union (EU) as the Guest of Honour was inaugurated today.

The World book fair was inaugurated by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource Development, Government of India; H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of European Union to India; Ms. Sunita Narain, distinguished environmentalist and Ms. Kallia Papadaki, Greek Author and recipient of European Union Prize for Literature, 2017.  The EU Pavilion is in Hall 7. 

Key Highlights || EU Participation at WBF


  • Lazy Sunday of LiteratureS  featuring 12 authors from 9 EU Countries (7 Jan)
  • Writing workshops with EU Literature Prize winners (9 & 11 Jan)
  • Comics for beginners – a crash course in creating comics (6 Jan)
  • GLOBALOCAL Talk:  Business vs Responsibility (9 Jan)
  • CEO Speak  (7 Jan)
  • Panel discussion- “Climate Diplomacy: Innovative approaches for a climate-resilient, low-carbon future in India and Europe” (10 Jan)
  • Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra from the Czech Republic (11 Jan)
  • Activities for children, including illustrations and story telling


In what promises to be a treat for visitors, the European Union  will bring together books, authors, publishers, illustrators, poets and artistes from 13 EU Member States (Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden) and Switzerland.

The nine-day literary extravaganza will see participation from over 32 well-known authors, publishers, and illustrators from the EU.   The EU along with its participating Member States will organize over 35 events comprising book readings, workshops for children, debates, panel discussions, book launches, poetry and translation slams.

Speaking about EU’s participation at the prestigious WBF H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union said, “We are delighted to partner with the National Book Trust for this year’s World Book Fair as Europe and India have a very rich and old literary tradition. Literature has the capacity to transcend borders and bring people together while raising important issues and enunciating universal truths. Through this fair we hope that the literary exchange will deepen and broaden our cultural ties further.”

He further added, “The collaboration is all the more important as the theme of ‘Climate Change and Environment’ is of high priority for both EU and India. We are cooperating closely in areas like renewable energy, waste management, air and water quality, sustainable habitats and smart cities. Through the various discussions and events, we will be creating awareness amongst the general public and would be supporting individual and social action which is necessary to bring about positive change.”

EU Authors and Events

Well-known European publishers, authors and illustrators participating in the New Delhi World Book Fair include Antoine Gallimard, Anne-Solange Noble, Judith Becqueriaux, David Foenkinos and Fabrice Piault from France;  Jujja Wieslander and Per Andersson from Sweden; Manica Musil, Evald Flisar, Dr. Zmago Šmitek, Ivo Svetina, Andrej Hočevar from Slovenia; Norman Ohler and Annemarie Blumenhagen from Germany; Dr. Magdalena Sikorska,  Ola Woldańska-Płocińska (Illustrator), Maria Puri and Jakub Małecki  from Poland; Csilla Gevai and Andras Kocsis from Hungary; Palle Schmidt from Denmark; José Luís Peixoto from Portugal; JL Morin, Evridiki Papadopoulou and Jeanie Keogh from Cyprus, Dorothea Nürnberg from Austria and Laurence Boissiere from Switzerland.

Five winners of the EU Literature Prize will also be participating at the event and conducting creative workshops. They are- Kallia Papadaki (Greece), Osvalds Zebris (Latvia), Selja Ahava (Finland), Jasmin Frelih (Slovenia) and David Machado (Portugal).

There are a number of workshops/ events on off-beat and interesting topics which one can enjoy including: Publishing in the digital age by Antoine Gallimard; Creative Resistance: Writers in the Face of Fascism and War; how to make art for a living and become a successful writer and artist; Comics for beginners – a crash course in making comics; Writing workshop: Are authors born with the gift to create good stories; Contemporary Polish Picture Book Art: Bridging Tradition and Modernity; monster workshop for children by Ola Woldańska-Płocińska; Polish Poetry in India; International Marketing for children's books and their authors; Poetry Slam; Anthology of Contemporary German Short Stories in Hindi – contemporary German literature, its relevance for the Indian reader and the challenges of translating into Hindi; promoting European literatures in India; New Trends in the Hungarian Literature. Besides organizing events and activities for all age groups, authors and illustrators will make books come alive at an illustration session as well.

Besides the literary activities, the audiences will be able to also enjoy performances by Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra from the Czech Republic and Danish Jazzgroup.

Climate Change and Environment

With Environment and Climate Change as the theme of this year's WBF the EU will take the opportunity to discuss urgent global issues pertaining to sustainability. With over a million footfalls, the New Delhi World Book Fair can contribute to creating awareness, openness and change in society. The theme for the EU pavilion, accordingly, is READ | LEARN | CHANGE.

A key event will be the panel discussion on Climate Diplomacy: Innovative approaches for a climate-resilient, low-carbon future in India and Europe. This will have well -known Indian experts Dr. Sunita Narain and Dr Navroz Dubash in conversation with EU climate change experts Henriette Faergemann and Dennis Tänzler. The panel discussion will be followed by a Meet the Author session with Sunita Narain to discuss her latest book, Conflicts of Interest.

A number of other climate change related events and activities which will also be organized by the EU including a discussion on “the use of literary devices in climate fiction to raise awareness”; Graphic Artist's workshop for raising climate awareness in kids; panel discussion on EU activities in the field of climate change and sustainability - The Planet that Doesn't Grow; a workshop on 7 day challenge to be held with TERI university which calls to action interested individuals around Delhi NCR in India to practice sustainable urban lifestyles that will potentially improve their quality of life. The challenge will consist of seven days of practical sustainable solutions focusing on three categories: Eat, Move and Live. This is in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy.

EU & India as publishing heavyweights                                                                    

EU and India are both exciting markets for publishing. The EU is the world’s largest book market with a turnover of 36 billion Euros and is home to 6-8 of the top publishing houses. With the advent of electronic publishing, E-books today accounts for 6-7% of sales in Europe. On the other hand, India, with approximately 83 million readers, is one of the most attractive markets in the world. Around 55% of all trade or consumer books sold in India are in English, indicating the degree to which the Indian reader is a global citizen. The drive to promote translation is a very welcome one and promises to take the reading experience to millions more and bringing the Indian way of life to a European public and the European one to readers across the length and breadth of this country.  This also provides immense opportunities for exciting collaboration between European and Indian publishers, authors and translators.

About the European Union (EU):

The EU, which consists of 28 countries, has the world's largest economy and its third largest population, after China and India. Though richly diverse, the countries that make up the EU (its 'Member States') are all committed to the same basic values: peace, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. They have set up common institutions so that decisions on matters of joint interest can be made democratically at European level. By creating a frontier-free single market and a single currency (the euro) which has been adopted by 19 Member States, the EU has given a significant boost to trade and employment. It is also at the forefront of policies on sustainability.

EU-India relations: For Over 50 years the EU and India have worked together to reduce poverty, prevent disasters, expand trade, and promote joint research in energy, health, agriculture and many other fields of mutual interest. More information at:


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