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.

Main Programme

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 as well.

30 November (Wednesday)

15.00

An Introduction to the UK Publishing Market

Press Centre

The UK is the 5th largest publishing market after USA, China, Germany and Japan. Digital now accounts for about 17% of publishers’ revenues, and the retail market is ever changing. This presentation, chaired by Emma House from The Publishers Association (UK), will see an overview of the market and a presentation on key statistics, including export and home analysis.

In partnership with The Publishers Association (UK) and Department for International Trade

18.00

Arzamas.academy Live: Everything Shakespeare with Alexey Bartoshevitch

Seminar area №1, hall №8

To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death renowned Shakespeare expert Alexey Bartoshevich talks about classical and new theatre productions of the enduring genius’ plays. The talk is introduced by the British Council's Global Head of Arts, Graham Sheffield.

In partnership with Arzamas.academy

1 December (Thursday)

14.00

Trends in UK Publishing

Press Centre

The UK publishing scene has been affected by international trends and the assimilation of digital products into the publishing process. What are the key trends that UK publishers are taking advantage of? From colouring books to licensed children’s products, this presentation will look at UK publishing successes, and where the future of the market lies. Chaired by Seonaid MacLeod, The Publishers Association (UK).

This session will be in English without translation.

In partnership with The Publishers Association (UK) and Department for International Trade

17.00

Jonathan Coe in conversation with the journalist Natalia Kochetkova

Seminar area №1, hall №8

One of the most interesting chronographers of our time, multi award-winning English novelist, Jonathan Coe presents his eleventh novel. Described as an angry, sarcastic, funny and touching work. Number 11 is a ‘state of the nation’ novel, which skewers inequality and the lack of social mobility that typifies Britain today. Coe will be in conversation with the journalist Natalia Kochetkova.

In partnership with Phantom Press Publishing House

18.00

Jim Crace in conversation with the journalist Konstantin Milchin

Seminar area № 1, hall № 8

Join Konstantin Milchin for a conversation with the inimitable British novelist about the art of storytelling and Crace's “final novel” Harvest, in which an English villager sees his crops burnt and the common fields stolen for enclosure as collective farming yields to the grazing of sheep.

2 December (Friday)

13.00

“New horizons: how to launch a successful children’s publishing house” by the British author and publisher Jenny Broom

Seminar area № 2, hall № 17

Bestselling children's writer and award-winning editor Jenny Broom guides us through her writing and editing career to date and talks about the challenges she faced and lessons she learned creating the new children’s publisher, Wide Eyed Editions. Hear how – in an age when books face more competition from other platforms than ever before – she has helped to launch a list of bestselling physical print books.

15.00

A Fairer Financial Future: Public talk with Paul Mason moderated by Forbes Magazine journalist Boris Grozovsky

Seminar area №1, hall №8

Globalised capitalism has become an organised form of corruption. So said journalist Paul Mason recently in response to the Panama Papers. 

In his latest work PostCapitalism, Mason claims that the world’s economic system is undergoing a seismic change. Mason draws on the current world events to present his bracingly radical ideas.

In partnership with Ad Marginem Press

16.00

Northern Ireland, its troubled past and peace-seeking present

Talk by Professor Marianne Elliott, OBE, FBA

Seminar area №1, hall №8

The talk by Professor Marianne Elliott, a major player in the Northern Ireland peace process, will delve far into history to explain why the state of Northern Ireland was created and how that past coloured its existence, the troubles of 1969-98 and the ongoing peace-process.

18.00

War & Peace: Andrew Davies in conversation with the screenwriter Julia Idlis

Conference Hall

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from the legendary British screenwriter behind the BBC’s War & Peace and many other acclaimed dramas.

We celebrate the amazing career of Andrew Davies, from the recent success of BBC’s War & Peace to past triumphs including Pride and Prejudice (1995) and House of Cards (1990).

3 December (Saturday)

12.00

Imagined histories: discussion with Jim Crace, Sebastian Faulks and Eugene Vodolazkin

Conference Hall

Join Professor Marianne Elliott for a conversation with Jim Crace, Sebastian Faulks and Eugene Vodolazkin about historical fiction and how they brought pre-industrial England, early twentieth century France, and fifteenth century Russia to life for readers.

13.00

House of Cards: British politics as thriller and satire

Discussion with Andrew Davies and Jonathan Coe moderated

Seminar area №1, hall №8

Welsh writer Andrew Davies, best known for screenwriting the political thriller House of Cards (BBC, 1990) joins English novelist Jonathan Coe, acclaimed for his bestselling satirical novels What a Carve Up! and Number 11 for a discussion of political satire, fiction and modern Britain.

Moderator – journalist Anna Narinskaya

14.00

Where My Heart Used to Beat: Sebastian Faulks in conversation with the journalist Galina Yuzefovich

Seminar area №1, hall №8

Bestselling novelist, journalist and broadcaster Sebastian Faulks talks about his work, inspirations and influences with a particular focus on 13th novel Where My Heart Used to Beat - a compelling story of a melancholy doctor revisiting his wartime experiences.

In partnership with Sindbad Publishers Ltd

 14.00

David Almond – writer with wings

Hall №23

David Almond, one of the world’s most famous writers for children and young adults, winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, presents his books – world bestsellers Skellig, My Name is Mina, and Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, and his new book My Dad's a Birdman. Russian readers know these books through Olga Varshaver’s translations who will also moderate the talk.

In partnership with Samokat Publishing House

 15.00

New Writing from the UK: Laline Paull and The Bees

Seminar area № 1, hall № 8

Award-winning novelist and playwright Laline Paull talks to journalist Anna Gilyova about her life as a novelist and playwright. Paull will discuss her critically acclaimed debut The Bees, a dystopian novel set in a beehive, where one bee rebels against the totalitarian state.

Moderator – journalist Anna Gilyova

17.00

The Noise of Time: Julian Barnes in conversation with the journalist Yury Saprykin

Conference Hall

Join Julian Barnes for a discussion of his relationship with Russian culture, the future of literature in the 21st century and his latest novel, The Noise of Time, which focusses on the life and times of Russian composer Shostakovich. The talk is moderated by the journalist Yury Saprykin.

Organisers: The British Council, Azbooka Atticus Publishing Group

 

4 December (Sunday)

13.00

Elizabeth is Missing: Emma Healey in conversation with the journalist Alexander Gavrilov

Seminar area №1, hall №8

Join the Costa First Novel prize-winning author Emma Healey in conversation about her gripping debut novel Elizabeth is Missing, a part-mystery and heartbreaking reflection on memory, identity and aging.

Expect a discussion dealing with death, dementia, loss and regret but also bookselling, bookbinding and black humour.

14.00

Workshop for children by comics author Tom Gauld

Children area “The Territory of Knowledge”, hall 27

 

In partnership with Boomkniga Publishing House

15.00

British Literature Today: What to Read after Julian Barnes, Martin Amis and Ian McEwan

Seminar area №1, hall №8

Join the British Council's Director of Literature, Cortina Butler as she tackles the question "What is British Literature today?" and offers some suggestions on what to read after Julian Barnes, Martin Amis and Ian McEwan.

16.00

Create your own exhibit

Animalium activity session for parents and children 5+ with award-winning author Jenny Broom

Room № 27

 

Award-winning children's author Jenny Broom leads an interactive creative session based on her bestselling book, Animalium.

17.00

What does it mean to be British?

Conference Hall

 

Panel discussion with Emma Healey, Tom Gauld, Marianne Elliott, Laline Paull and Andrew Davies moderated by journalist and author Paul Mason.

With the UK facing exit from the European Union, authors from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales discuss what it means to be British today.

18.00

15 ways to get published in English

Room №27

A workshop by Jenny Broom for aspiring children's writers and illustrators, with 15 key takeaways on getting your work noticed and published in the English market. 

18.00

Grand Final of the Loud Allowed recitation contest 

Press Centre

The grand final of the year-long, 111 city recitation contest held as part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016 in partnership with UK Embassy in Moscow. During the contest participants recited sonnets by William Shakespeare translated by Alexander Finkel. In the final we will hear one of Shakespeare’s plays recited by the 8 best participants from Russia.

Organiser: British Embassy Moscow

18.00

Meet the comics author Tom Gauld within the Illustrators’ Programme 

DNK Hall

 

 

In partnership with International Comics Festival Boomfest