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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:45 pm 
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As most of you must know by now Arts Council England East have stoppedour funding on 31/1/08. There are various things you can do to helpus.

1.Sign our online petition at

For online petition novices like me the security code are the lettersor symbols next to the box.

2.Please write to The Arts Council on behalf of Dedalus. Even thoughwe have lost our funding our campaign goes on. Please and ask him to accept the Dedaluschallenge and compare Dedalus to 4 other Regularly Funded Publishers.If he will not accept the challenge ask him to reinsert Dedalus'sfunding as he has already conceded the argument. DON'T LET DEDALUS DIE The Arts Council priorities for Literature include translation, newwriting and international partnerships and supporting publishers andother arts organisations, which deliver these objectives. Dedalustranslates fiction from 14 Modern European languages and publishesoriginal English language fiction, which it has sold into 23 differentlanguages, 28 territories. It has won many prizes and accolades. 19 European cultural institutions have formed partnerships withDedalus to help it put British publishing at the heart of Europe. Whywon't The Arts Council join them in funding Dedalus? England does not possess many independent literary publishers so wecan't afford to destroy one that will celebrate 25 years of literarypublishing on 30 November 2008.

3 .Buy our books! We have £24,958 to find to replace The Arts Councilmoney. It would be good if we could turn February and March intobumper months. Books about death on our list are particularly appropriate.Bruges-la-Morte-Rodenbach ( The Guardian paperback of the week) andExquisite Corpse-Robert Irwin spring to mind. New titles in FebruaryThe Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides-LachmanThe Dream Maker –HaugaardMagnus –Sylvie GermainPleading Guilty- Paul Genney returns at the end of the month, a goodbook for lawyers and ACE employees.

4.Bookshops display our books and advertise our petition

5. Reviewers please review our new titles. Make us visible so we won't become invisible and die.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:25 pm 
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Dear Mr Hook

Re: Dedalus

Thank you for your recent correspondence.

I appreciate that the decisions made as part of Arts Council England's investment strategy have been met in some quarters with disappointment.

Our investment strategy for the next three years has at its heart excellence, ambition and judgement and is the most significant change to the Arts Council's portfolio in the history of our organisation.

Between April 2008 and March 2011, Arts Council England will invest £1.3 billion of income from government in arts organisations and strategic arts initiatives. 76% of Arts Council regularly funded organisations received increases in their funding in line with, or above, inflation.

We will invest this money in 880 arts organisations, including 81 new organisations. This funding will enable arts organisations to develop excellent art and deliver it to the widest range of people and will empower those organisations to take artistic risks.

After receiving further evidence, deliberation by Regional and National Council, and examination of the 126 responses received from arts organisations, we revised a total of 17 funding proposals. The details of those revisions, and of all our funding decisions, are available from our website (

Our overall objective with Literature is to fund strengthened organisations that have a national reach. Literature works within a broader context, including the commercial publishing industry and statutory education, and our funding strategy is designed to complement rather than duplicate.

Our provision for translation covers a range of activities that includes publishers, and also literature festivals, skills for literary translators and the Independent Foreign Fiction prize. Arts Council England remains absolutely committed to contemporary literature in translation, and believes that, through our funding decisions, it will continue to thrive and prosper in the years ahead.

We have long standing concerns with Dedalus relating to business planning, inconsistent marketing and building new audiences. We've shared these concerns with Dedalus on numerous occasions and, after considering Dedalus's response to our proposal of 12 December, we have decided not to renew funding to the organisation.

The next stage for Dedalus, if they are unhappy with Council's decision, is to follow the Arts Council's complaints procedure, details of which we have supplied to them. Officers in East Region are talking to Dedalus about transition funding to help them move to a new business model in the light of Council's decision. As I have a possible role to play in the complaints process, it would not be appropriate for me to comment further.

Change of this nature is inevitably difficult but, having looked at hundreds of funding decisions, I'm sure this is the right strategy to build a healthier, bolder, stronger arts environment in this country.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Davey
Chief Executive
Arts Council England

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:34 am 
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Follow-up e-mail from Dedalus:-


Thank you for signing our petition. About 2,300 persons from more than 60 countries signed our petition to the Arts Council, but to no avail. Dedalus lost its Arts Council funding in March 2008. Informa Plc, through its subsidiary Routledge Books, then most generously stepped in and gave us sponsorship for two years. That sponsorships ends in March 2010.

Thanks to Routledge Books, Dedalus has been able to continue as before as an alternative to the commercial publishing sector. Since losing our Arts Council annual grant Dedalus won both The Pen/Book-of-the Month-Club Translation Prize in the USA and The Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize in the UK for The Maias by Eca de Queiroz, translated by Margaret Jull Costa. Another of our books, The Bells of Bruges by Georges Rodenbach, translated by Mike Mitchell, was also on the short list of 6 for The Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize in 2008. This year Magnus by Sylvie Germain, translated by Christine Donougher, has been nominated for The American Library Association Notable Book Awards and shortlisted for The Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize. We continue to find new English authors of great talent and this year we published two first novels, The Father of Locks by Andrew Killeen and Jeremy Weingard’s Made in Yaroslavl. We have underway new translations, of both classic and contemporary fiction, from Danish, Estonian, Flemish French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish.

However, to continue Dedalus’s role as a translation house and publisher of new fiction, we must find new sources of finance to replace Informa Plc’s sponsorship after March 2010. We have begun the search for new sponsors and also for patrons who will commit to giving Dedalus £1,000 (or more) per year for the next 3 years. We hope to establish a reserve fund, which will be available to support Dedalus. Dedalus has one full-time member of staff and one part-timer. The Dedalus directors receive no remuneration and Dedalus has never paid its shareholders a dividend. Any money Dedalus makes has always been reinvested in Dedalus’ s publishing programme. Everyone connected to Dedalus is motivated by cultural rather than purely commercial concerns. We hope that as someone who has signed our petition you or the institution/company you work for would like to become a Dedalus patron.

The more patrons we find, the stronger the case we can make for receiving public money in the future. We lost our Arts Council funding after a record year, so it is hard to imagine that we will have access to public funding in the foreseeable future.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to Dedalus, or, ideally, become a Dedalus patron, please contact Eric Lane at or Marie at


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