Literature Across Frontiers (LAF) is a European Platform for Literary Exchange, Translation and Policy Debate. LAF aims to develop intercultural dialogue through literature and translation and highlight lesser-translated literatures. We are based in Wales, United Kingdom, and work in partnership with organisations and individuals across Europe and beyond on a range of activities that create opportunities for new literary connections and act as a catalyst for collaborations and projects. We also monitor translation activities and debate policy in the field of literature and translation.
Fifteen years of making literature travel
As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we find ourselves living in a landscape of great global change and uncertainty. Our work today in fostering understanding between cultures is more important than ever. In our anniversary publication, we look back at our work to date and pay tribute to the creative efforts of the many people who over the past fifteen years have contributed to what Literature Across Frontiers is today and to its mission of making literature travel. Read the publication: 15 Years of making literature travel
How we work
The LAF network brings together a range of partners based in Europe and other global regions, organisations engaged in the international promotion of literature, books and translation, literary festivals, book fairs, literary venues, magazines, publishers as well as groups of writers and translators committed to the advancement of international literary exchange and the promotion of literature in translation. We work with core groups of partners on short and longer-term projects. This arrangement allows us to be flexible and respond to opportunities in a way traditional organisational structures might not be able to. It also introduces a form of non-hierarchical, democratic governance which encourages an active involvement in all stages of planning, implementation and evaluation of projects, with input from a variety of sources.
Literary Europe Live
In 2015 LAF launched the Literary Europe Live (LEuL) project supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. LEuL brings together sixteen festivals and venues to foster and encourage programming that reflects the richness and diversity of the European literary landscape. LEuL also highlights outstanding emerging literary talent and develops live and digital audiences for writing in translation.