Literature without borders: present and future of international literature projects. A lecture by Doug Wallace

Series of lectures “Theories and practices of cultural leadership”
18 January 2018


Doug Wallace, the CEO of the British literary agency Andrew Nurnberg Associates’ Russian Office and curator of the British Council’s literature department, will speak about the most interesting cases from his experience working on international literary projects and share his vision of cultural leadership, using the examples of some successfully completed challenges and those that are still in progress.

Drawing on his vast experience in the publishing business, Doug Wallace will describe how to collaborate with authors based across the world; what challenges and obstacles the cultural sector faces; and how to turn these complications into possibilities for joint projects and the development of mutual understanding between different cultures.

How has literature changed? What kind of new reading “forms” will the future bring? How does access to literature and the possibilities thereof may influence the development of leaders within the cultural milieu today and in the future? Wallace will analyze these and other issues during his talk.

This lecture is part of the series “Theories and practices of cultural leadership” organised by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art together with the British Council.



Doug Wallace is the CEO of the British literary agency Andrew Nurnberg Associates’ Russian Office. Curator of the British Council’s literature projects, including the year-long program for best young British writers selected by the Granta magazine, and the literature festival in Iraq. Creative director of the 2016 British Council’s UK–Russia Year of Language and Literature. In 2015, Wallace launched the English language publication Hoopoe Fiction—Cairo’s AUC Press Publishing House’s unit representing young Arab authors. Wallace was Marketing Director at the British publishing house SelfMadeHero, and from 2011 to 2016, he was Chairman of the Pop Up Projects CIC—a company that organizes festivals in the field of school education and communities around England.



Free admission with advance registration.

The lecture will be held in English with interpreting into Russian.

The lecture will be accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be interpreted into Russian Sign Language.


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