Book Department | Institut français du Royaume-Uni

Book Department

The Book Department is dedicated to the promotion of French books in the United Kingdom, covering all genres (fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, children books, poetry).

Information About Recent Publications

We inform interested publishers, translators and readers of new publications in French, translations into English, and recently awarded prizes.

Public Events and Festivals

We organise public events in connection with recent French publications and debates, featuring both French and British speakers. We also assist and support French authors coming to the UK (covering a part of the transportation costs, providing communication support) to participate in literature festivals or upon the request of publishers, booksellers, universities, etc.

Support for Publishers and Translators

We provide British professionals with information about subsidies for translation and residencies in France.
We also handle the Burgess Translation programme, to which British publishers can apply once a year for a subsidy towards translation costs. Applications for support towards books to be published in 2017 are now closed. The next round of applications for books to be published in 2018 and 2019 will open in October 2017, closing early December 2017.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any queries.

The Book Department has been organising The South Ken Kids Festival since 1997 which has become a highlight in the London children publishing scene. Each year, the Festival brings 20 or so authors and illustrators to the French Institute and to participating London schools. The French Institute hosts a variety of activities including workshops, talks, films, music, theatre and book signings, inviting young audiences to get closer to their favourite writers and illustrators from both France and the UK. For more information, visit the South Ken Kids Festival.


Lucie Campos / 020 7073 1307 / @luciecampos
French Book Office / 020 7073 1318 / @frenchbooksuk
South Ken Kids Festival / 020 7073 1345/ @southkenkids
23 Cromwell Road, London SW7 2EL