28
Jan
“Fair-Play and Collaboration” took place in Tbilisi

The third workshop in the series of authors/translators workshops on rights took place in Tbilisi at the premises of the National Parliamentary Library. Skillfully moderated by Lasha Bakradze (director of Literature Museum), the workshop featured presentations by international and local speakers, group discussions and practical exercises.

Participants shared very different - both positive and negative - personal experiences with contracts (and the lack of contracts), payment terms and copyrights. Practical exercises on current contracts used in Georgia and international model ones, seemed to be extremely useful in pointing to concrete possibilities of improvement. At instances, however, participants also had to put themselves in the publishers' shoes, evaluating commercial risks, discussing book pricing policy and shared responsibility in ensuring good quality.

Alongside the very positive evaluation of the workshop as a whole, the majority of the evaluation questionnaires point to the lack of discussions inside the authors/translators milieu - a gap that the workshop had to an extend compensated for. In practical terms, participants agreed on the need for more solidarity at the "creators end" and on launching an online platform for discussion and exchange.

Full coverage of the event can be found here.

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