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Dedalus wins back Arts Council funding

8th July 2010

Literary publisher Dedalus Books has been reinstated as a regularly-funded organisation by the Arts Council England.

The firm, which specialises in contemporary English fiction and translated European fiction, has been involved in a dispute with the Arts Council since 2008, when the publisher's funding was pulled - allegedly without the council following its own disinvestment guidelines.

However, after a campaign that gained the support of authors such as J.M. Coetzee, Alan Hollinghurst, Jonathan Coe and the late Beryl Bainbridge, as well as European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, the council announced that Dedalus will receive a grant of GBP 26,900 for 2010/11.

Speaking to the Guardian, Dedalus managing director Eric Lane commented: 'We are very happy with this decision and are prepared to put past disagreements behind us and have a constructive future with the Arts Council.'

He also thanked the authors, translators, fellow publishers, literary journalists and readers who signed the online petition calling for funding to be reinstated.

When the 'Don't Let Dedalus Die' petition was launched in 2008, the firm claimed that withdrawal of Arts Council funding would force it to close. Almost 2,500 signatures were received in support.

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