Polish authors at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (13-25 August)

‘Wioletta Greg & Édouard Louis, Kasia Matyjaszek, Filip Springer, and Olga Tokarczuk & Marcel Theroux Edinburgh International Book Festival 13-25 August Charlotte Square, Edinburgh Various Venues Celebrate the August festival season at the beautiful Charlotte Square in Edinburgh and meet Polish authors Wioletta Greg, Kasia Matyjaszek, Olga Tokarczuk, and Filip Springer taking part in one of the world’s largest and…

Robin Ashenden | July 31, 2017

NEW EVENT: Book Club at Ognisko Polskie, South Kensington (18 July)

‘This July we are launching our brand new Ognisko Book Club! Run in collaboration with South Kensington Books, Ognisko Book Club will explore the joy of discovering new worlds in good books. In the convivial and cosy setting of the Members’ Room we can share new book discoveries and return to old friends. Our aim…

Robin Ashenden | July 12, 2017

A “Poem” for the Romanian Verse: an inspiring introduction to 1980s Romanian poetry


‘It is always inspiring to look at a single decade of a single country and realize how absolutely varied it is’ – Sean Shibe, guitarist A panel discussion was held at the Romanian Cultural Institute regarding the new edition of ‘Poem’ magazine that consists of translated Romanian poetry. The magazine’s prolific founder, Fiona Sampson, was…

Andreea Scridon | December 5, 2016

PREVIEW: Balkan Day II: A Rich Heritage of Stories, at British Library 24/6

Balkan Day II: A Rich Heritage of Stories Fri 24 Jun 2016, 10:00 – 18:00   This event will bring together some of the leading contemporary academics, writers and translators to talk about writing and creating in this fertile cultural space Following on from the hugely successful Balkan Day event in June 2014, join for another day of…

Robin Ashenden | June 15, 2016

‘Angels, Adolescents and Trucks: New Romanian Books in English’ at Waterstone’s Piccadilly

Marking the growing presence of Romanian literature on English bookshelves, Angels, Adolescents and Trucks: New Romanian Books in English was a talk at Waterstones Piccadilly,  dedicated to celebrating some recently translated gems of the country’s contemporary literature. Organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute, part of their colourful program for the London Book Fair, the audience…

Kata Karath | April 18, 2016
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REMEMBERING BOSNIA: Two Contemporary Bosnian Novels, reviewed by Esther Harper

Selvedin’s Avdic’s Seven Terrors (2012) and Alma Lazarevska’s Death in the Museum of Modern Art (2014) provide a deeply poignant insight into the lives of those who suffered the Bosnian War. Though fictional accounts, the stories evoke clearly the literal and figurative battle endured in Bosnia throughout the early nineties, and give a strong impression…

Esther Harper | December 23, 2015