This year the United Kingdom will be the Country of Honour at the 18th International Book Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction for the first time in its history. The Fair takes place from November 30 till December 4, 2016 at the Central House of Artists (Krymsky Val, 10) for the 18th time now.

Visitors to the Fair will be able to attend a large-scale programme of literary events curated by the British Council. Leading British authors will discuss adult fiction, non-fiction, children's literature and education and translation. Novelists, historians, film and theatre scriptwriters, translators and illustrators will be part of the line-up.

A delegation of a dozen book publishers and literary agents from the UK will also participate in a professional programme at the Fair, where they will meet Russian colleagues to exchange experience and knowledge and establish closer co-operation.

The UK Pavilion will host publisher meetings and small public events; visitors will be able to buy books from featured authors, to become better acquainted with Shakespeare’s work through audio and video installations and also to contribute to a live print installation based on William Shakespeare’s verse as part of a specially-commissioned interactive project.

There will be special events throughout the fair including readings, performances, seminars for publishers, signing sessions and receptions. One of the key events of the UK programme will be the announcement and award of the All-Russia English-Russian literary translation contest.

The participation of the United Kingdom as Country of Honour at the Non/fiction Book Fair is the culmination of the year-long programme of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016 for which the British Council gratefully acknowledges the support of BP as Founder Sponsor.