10 Korean authors heading to London Book Fair

By Claire Lee
  • Published : Jan 28, 2014 - 19:25
  • Updated : Jan 28, 2014 - 19:25
Authors Hwang Sok-young (left) and Kim Young-ha will participate in the upcoming London Book Fair with eight other Korean writers. (The Korea Herald file)

A total of 10 Korean authors will be participating in the upcoming London Book Fair Korea Market Focus, the Literature Translation Institute of Korea said.

The writers are Hwang Sok-young, Shin Kyung-sook, Kim Young-ha, Yi Mun-yol, Kim In-sook, Han Kang, Lee Seung-woo, Kim Hye-soon, Hwang Sun-mi and Yoon Tae-ho. Kim Hye-soon is a poet, while Hwang Sun-mi is a children’s writer and Yoon is a webtoon writer.

The cultural program was jointly organized by the London Book Fair, the Literature Translation Institute of Korea and Arts Council Korea to provide a rare opportunity for the British reading public to meet and interact with Korean authors.

Organizers will hold about 20 events on the theme of Korean literature at 12 venues throughout the U.K. Some 35 British authors, editors and translators are also expected to attend the events.

Author Hwang Sun-mi, who is best known internationally for her children’s book “The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly,” was chosen as the Market Focus Author of the Day.

One of the 10 authors joining the program is webtoon writer Yoon Tae-ho, best known for his works “Moss” and “Misaeng.” His serial work “Moss,” which was published online from 2007 to 2009, was made into a film and released in 2010.

This year’s London Book Fair will run from April 8 to 10. For more information, visit

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