Oxygen gets Arts Council boost

Independent publisher Oxygen Books will be spreading writing in translation to a wider audience thanks to a grant from Arts Council England.

The small publisher, based in Essex, will be holding a series of readers' days to help introduce people to books in translation, working with a range of different organisations, from Hampshire County Council to English PEN.

Oxygen Books publisher Malcolm Burgess said: "Oxygen Books began when I was in Greece queuing up for the Acropolis and thought it would be nice to have a book of local writings about the city. But there was nothing like that out there, so we decided to do it ourselves.

"There is so much good writing out there in different languages, and I think British readers just need to know it’s out there. Scandinavian dramas and crime fiction have managed to break through, so it can happen if it gets the right push."

Now, a £10,000 grant from ACE are allowing them to spread writing in translation, with readers days planned for Winchester, Essex and Birmingham.

In Winchester's Discovery Centre on 9th March, authors Helen Dunmore and Beatrice Colin will speak alongside Anne Morgan, who spent 2012 reading a book from every country in the world. There will also be advice on setting up international book groups, and creative writing workshops.

For more information, visit the Discovery Centre website.