And Other Stories wins funding for publishing innovation
28th September 2010
National Lottery funding will allow publisher And Other Stories to create an innovative publishing model.
The company has been awarded GBP 27,600 through the Arts Council England to develop a reader, writer and translator-led publishing strategy over the next 15 months.
Under the new model, the firm will use a network of reading groups and translators to identify possible authors around the globe for publication. It hopes to launch four titles during 2011.
And Other Stories founder Stefan Tobler commented: 'I've translated a novella simply because I loved it, but you can't expect other translators to take months out of their working lives to do that. By providing funds for our development, the Arts Council has been a wonderful fairy godmother.'
Novelist Maureen Freely, convenor of the Warwick MA in Writing and Orhan Pamuk's translator, added that most publishers tend to follow the conservative tastes of the typical reading group, but claimed And Other Stories' new model will encourage the publication of 'challenging and unusual literature'.
Earlier this month, And Other Stories was shortlisted for the Christopher Al-Aswad Prize, which seeks to recognise firms that bring together literature and the other arts.