Birmingham Libraries Mobile Library Reading Group has been selected as one of the reading groups nationally to shadow the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The IFF Prize honours the best work of fiction by a living author, which has been translated into English from any other language and published in the United Kingdom.
The Reading Agency in partnership with the IFF Prize has given readers in Birmingham the fantastic opportunity to be part of this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The Prize celebrates an exceptional work of translated fiction, acknowledging the work of the author and the translator equally. Uniquely, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize gives the winning author and translator equal status: each receives £5,000.
The Mobile Library Reading Group is made up from users of the Mobile Library at various locations throughout the city. The Group enjoy reading a wide variety of books, and between them, the Group have a very broad reading spectrum. When the opportunity arose to shadow the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Mobile Reading Group wanted to get involved as they thought it was too good to miss. The chance to read, review and shadow authors and of course get more of an insight to the translators was unmissable.
Nicky Precious who runs the Mobile Reading Group thought “It will be good for the Group to have an opportunity to get involved with something not usually on offer, with the added bonus of a chance to highlight libraries and the importance they still hold in the Community.”