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New Poetry from Bulgaria: MARGARITA SERAFIMOVA

“This set includes poems about the anguished euphoria of passionate desire (No. 1), the visionary ontological promise of finding a soulmate (No. 8-9), the transformative power of interpersonal human dedication against the odds (No. 7), as well as poems from the islands of Milos and Ikaria in Greece (No. 3 and 10) and Lamu in Kenya (No. 4-6).…

Julia Secklehner | 22/02/2019
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Book Review: Rachel Karafistan & Kamil Macejko’s “My Parents Are Not My Real Parents” (Centrala, 2017) – ‘truly unique’

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It’s difficult to say what kind of book My Parents really is. Judging by its cover, occupied by wallowing yellow hair and a lot of pink, naked flesh, suspicions are it’s a pop-coloured graphic novel that’s, somehow, a bit naughty. If that’s your assumption, you’d be wrong though. On the first few pages, author Rachel…

Julia Secklehner | 20/02/2019
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Polish Heritage Days 2019: Call for Participation

[from the Polish Cultural Institute] Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2019 Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2019 All application forms available here This year, we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the formal establishment of Polish–British diplomatic relations and the centenary of the renewal of Polish–British bilateral relations. In the atmosphere of friendship and cordiality, we…

Julia Secklehner | 19/02/2019
Roman Vishniac, "Jewish school children, Mukacevo", ca. 1935–38 © Mara Vishniac Kohn.
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: ‘Roman Vishniac Rediscovered’ – “a must-see!”

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With a career spanning over fifty years, photographer Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) has left an impressive legacy, housed at the International Center of Photography in New York (ICP). While relatively few of his photographs were known until recently, the ICP has digitalised much of his estate in 2013, creating a whole website dedicated to his work.…

Julia Secklehner | 11/02/2019
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‘Pilecki’ (Krzyszkowskiego, 2015) screening and Q&A with Anthony Polonsky and Mary Fulbrook – an evening ‘driven by the passion and scholarship of Polonsky and Fulbrook’

Pilecki’s a Polish film about an undoubted World War II hero: Witold Pilecki (1901-1948), a member of the Polish resistance, who allowed himself to be arrested and sent to Auschwitz, from where he could escape again, providing one of the first accounts of Nazi atrocities in the concentration camps. Truly exceptional, it’s hardly any wonder…

Alison Miller | 09/02/2019
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KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival in London 2019: Opening Night Gala announced as Award-winning Memoir ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE

AWARD-WINNING EXTRAORDINARY ANIMATED MEMOIR ‘ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE’ TO OPEN 17TH KINOTEKA POLISH FILM FESTIVAL IN LONDON   WITH SPECIAL INTRODUCTION FROM ACCLAIMED JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR VICTORIA BRITTAIN   “Rarely less than spectacular” The Hollywood Reporter on ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE   Thursday 31 January 2019 – KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival in London is delighted…

Julia Secklehner | 08/02/2019
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Book Presentation: ‘XY&Z – The real story how Enigma was broken’ (Dermot Turing, 2018) – ‘an informed and engaging presentation, which overturned previous myths’

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This real story, researched by historian Dermot Turing, was a revelation. Turing provided an informed and engaging presentation which deftly over-turned previous myths of how the Enigma was broken. His opening remarks elicited loud gasps from the packed audience. For as early as 1932, Turing revealed, Polish mathematicians and engineers had already cracked Enigma codes.…

Alison Miller | 23/01/2019