Arts Council Fiction Group

Dedalus is proud to be a member of the Arts Council Fiction Group. All the publishers in the group have received significant Arts Council funding, either from the National Portfolio or from Grants for the Arts, and demonstrate how effective Arts Council funding has been in widening the range of fiction available to readers in England. The publishers in the group have very different lists but all share a commitment to artistic excellence, finding and nurturing the writers of the future and providing an alternative to commercial fiction.

Collectively we have won a lot of literary prizes and accolades and have made an important contribution to the creative economy. We are an Arts Council success story and our books make the case every day for Arts Council England’s investment in literary fiction. We have formed ourselves into a group to help promote what we do and argue the case for public investment in literary fiction. There is a link to the websites of all the publishers in the group.  

The featured publisher for April is Blue Moose and the recommended title is Panenka by Ronan Hession. 'Hessian has an unrivalled ability to write the world within a verysmall frame. His characters feel like old friends from the very first page. His writing is both heartbreakingly honest and also hopeful. I did not want this book to end. I could quite easily have spent another year with these character; they're the kind of people I like being around.' Jan Carson

Arts Council Fiction Group members' web sites:

 And Other Stories |Dedalus Books |Bitter Lemon | Blue Moose | Comma| Istros