Meet the 2020 Visiting International Publishers

The 2020 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) Program 2020 is postponed until further notice. The health and safety of our international delegates, program partners and participants, staff, and community, is paramount. Please contact Karen Le Roy, International Market Adviser - North America, for more information:

The Australia Council for the Arts is pleased to announce the fourteen international publishers, editors, agents, and scouts participating in the 22nd year of the Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program. The program will run alongside Sydney Writers’ Festival from 27 April – 1 May 2020.

  • Federico Andornino, Editorial Director  – Weidenfeld & Nicolson, The Orion Publishing Group, UK 
  • Jon Baker, President – Baker Literary Scouting, US 
  • Erica Berla, Co-Founder & Literary Agent – Berla & Griffini Rights Agency, ITALY 
  • Peter Borland, Vice President, Editor in Chief – Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, US 
  • Tamar Brazis, Editorial Director – Viking Children's Books, Penguin Random House, US 
  • David Gressot, Head of Foreign Literature – Editions Actes Sud, FRANCE 
  • Simon Lörsch, Acquisitions Editor – Suhrkamp Verlag, GERMANY 
  • Aurelie Pregliasco, Editorial Director, Fiction – Gallimard Jeunesse, FRANCE 
  • Emilia Rhodes, Editorial Director – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, US 
  • Sandra Rothmund, Editor, Thienemann-Esslinger Verlag, GERMANY 
  • Tao Wu (Nick), Editorial Director – GUOMAI Culture & Media Co Ltd, CHINA 

This year for the first time, the Australia Council will partner with the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund to support three VIPs as the inaugural Copyright Agency VIPs Fellows.

  • Teresa Pütz, Editor for International Fiction – S Fischer Verlag, GERMANY 
  • Michael Reynolds, Editor in Chief – Europa Editions, US 
  • Lindsey Rose, Executive Editor – Dutton, Penguin Random House, US 
The Copyright Agency VIPs Fellows will present an additional event for all Australian publishers and agents to broaden the reach of the VIPs program and to share information on key publishing insights. More information will be provided in late February.

Meet the 2020 VIPS participants

The Australia Council also continues its valuable partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for the fifth year.

The selection of participants was made by the VIPs Committee, in collaboration with Australia Council staff. The 2020 VIPs represent a broad range of territories, countries, genres and formats; boutique and multinational publishers; emerging and established markets; English-language and translation markets.

Request your business meetings with the VIPs

To manage the high demand for one-to-one business meetings, and ensure the most targeted matches, the VIPs select the Australian publishers and agents with whom they’d like to meet. 


To request a meeting with one or more of the VIPs, please complete the online form via the link below.

Click here to request a meeting

The Australia Council will collate and submit the requests to the VIPs; the VIPs will make their selection; and the Australia Council will schedule the meetings.

Registration is open to Australian publishers or agents who publish or represent literary titles, in the areas of fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry, or children’s books (i.e. creative writing).

Publishers primarily involved in educational or reference books and/or other non-literary titles, self-publishers, printers, and distributors, are not eligible to register for business meetings, but are invited to attend the free industry forum sessions which will be announced on this page at the end of March.

Registration for business meetings closes on Thursday 27 February 2020. You will be advised of the outcome of your meeting requests by the end of March.

Key program dates

  • Wednesday 29 April: VIPs industry forum, networking events
  • Thursday 30 April: one-to-one business meetings
  • Friday 1 May: one-to-one business meetings
The full program of events including times and locations will be updated on this webpage by the end of March.

About the program

Delivered alongside the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the VIPs program supports international publishers, scouts and literary agents to participate in a week-long schedule of business meetings, networking events, industry forums, writers’ festival events, and panel discussions with Australian publishers and agents. The program showcases Australia’s literary talent, and promotes the sale of rights to Australian titles in international markets.

The visiting delegation are immersed in Australia’s unique literary culture, share insights into global publishing trends, strengthen relationships with their Australian counterparts, and expand opportunities for Australian authors overseas.

Since its inception in 1998, the VIPs program has welcomed over 284 international guests to Australia, from 28 countries, with more than 300 Australian titles sold into overseas markets through the program. These titles include Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford, The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton, The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey, Scrublands by Chris Hammer, I Love Me by Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina, Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak, Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, The Secret River by Kate Grenville, The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Broken Shore by Peter Temple, and Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay.

Click here to view the details of the 2019 program, and here to view the VIPs alumni.

Program evaluation

In 2017, the Australia Council completed a five-year longitudinal evaluation of the VIPs program from 2011-2016, which included a survey of Australian publishers and agents. The report is available here.

The evaluation revealed that:

  • For every $1 the Australia Council invests in the VIPs program, $5.45 is generated for the Australian literature sector – a 445% return on investment.
  • More than $4.1 million in rights sales was reported over the five years ($3.8 million in direct sales to VIPs who attended, and a further $300,000 in indirect sales through referrals from VIPs to other international publishers).
  • Participation in the VIPs program in 2016 accounted for 15% of all rights sales for Australian publishers.


For more information on the VIPs program, please contact Karen Le Roy on 02 9215 9054 or

The 2020 Visiting International Publishers program is delivered in partnership with the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

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Our team

Director, International Development: Amrit Gill 

Manager, International Development Operations: Thea Baumann

North America

International Development Consultant: Norman Armour 

International Market Adviser: Karen Le Roy

North Asia

International Development Consultant: Rosemary Hinde 

International Market Adviser: Joanna Bayndrian

South & South East Asia

International Development Consultant: Grey Yeoh 

International Market Adviser: Nithya Nagarajan


International Development Consultant: Katrina Schwarz 

International Market Adviser: Ellen Dwyer

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Senior Exhibition and Project Officer: Tara Kita 

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