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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