Booktrust is launching a pilot Readers' Project focusing on engagement with world literature, with 300 readers to shadow the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
The readers will vote for their favourite title out of the IFFP shortlist of six on 18th May 2013 at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon, with that title being named the Independent Foreign Fiction Readers' Prize winner. Elif Shafak, IFFP judge and author, will give a talk, and there will be a discussion with a range of the shortlisted authors and translators.
Readers will be encouraged to analyse their reading habits and perceptions, and will be supported through their reading and discussions with a resource pack. The research aims to provide a detailed study of the barriers to readers' engagement with foreign fiction and make recommendations and strategies for the trade to overcome them. It will be released in the second half of 2013.
The project will be funded by the Free Word Strategic Commissioning Fund and the NALD Futures Fund, which is administered by the Writers' Centre Norwich, and English PEN, the Reading Agency and the British Centre for Literary Translation are partnering on the project with Booktrust.