Gangtok: Raman Shresta, bookseller and publisher at Rachna Books, Sikkim has been selected for the British Council‘s International Publishing Fellowship 2022.
The fellowship is a peer-to-peer mentoring and professional development program where publishers from the UK will be matched with Indian publishers of similar career stage and interests in publishing.
This will be a one-year program consisting of reciprocal study trips, including masterclasses, networking opportunities and a professional update.
According to the British Council’s announcement, the fellows, who were selected through a call for applications, have all demonstrated a commitment to innovation and internationalism in publishing. They work in a range of genres including education for sustainability, climate change, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays; in roles including editing, translations, design and production, for large publishing conglomerates and independent presses and bookstores.
Raman Shresta is one of 12 fellows (6 Indian and 6 British) in the IPF 2022 cohort. As a group, they represent some of the most promising initiatives in translation publishing in India and the UK.
The Indian scholars are Bijal Vaccharajani (Pratham Books), Rahul Soni (Harper Collins India), Raman Shresta (Rachna Books), Riddhi Maitra (BEE Books), Sarabjeet Garcha (Copper Coin Publishing) and Yogesh Maitreya (Panther’s Paw Publications).
The UK grantees are Alice Mullen (Poetry Book Society), Deborah Smith (Tilted Axis Press), Molly Slight (Scribe Publications UK), Sarah Braybrooke (Bonnier UK), Sarah Cleave (Comma Press) and Tamara Sampey-Jawad (Fitzcarraldo Editions) .
This program is part of India/UK Together, a Season of Culture, developed on the basis of the findings of the study on the publishing and literary sector in India carried out by the company Art X and published in December 2021.
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