Announcing the European Writers 2020
Welcome to the European Writers 2020
We are thrilled to announce that the European Writers returns this autumn with a fantastic series of online events celebrating European Literature. Meet some of the most exciting writers from across the channel, listen to their stories and take a different look at our history and identity. 

This year's project will be launched online on the 30th September 2020. Scroll down to discover the full programme!

European Writers on Borders and Identity 

with Leila Aboulela, Kapka Kassabova, Ananda Devi and James Crawford

This evening we will be exploring how European writers deal with notions of border, identity and migration. In her short story collection Elsewhere, Home, the Scottish Sudanese-Egyptian writer, Leila Aboulela looks at several immigrant’s stories, their constant search for a home and a sense of belonging as well as the loneliness, that their journey entails. Scottish writer Kapka Kassabova’s multi award-winning book Border is a journey in the Balkans on the borderland between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, in a search for an ancestral home through ancient, cold war and current times. The French-Mauritian writer Ananda Devi, with great sensitivity to the interconnection between identities and languages, also explores in her novels (including her latest one Mangerl l’autre) issues of exclusion, otherness, deviance and suffering. They will be in conversation with the writer, publisher and broadcaster James Crawford, chairing the event.

Presented in partnership with the Scotland House London and the Institut Français. 

Wednesday 30th September,  7.00pm - 8.00pm BST

ONLINE Register to attend HERE.

More info here.

European Writers on War and Conflict

with Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde, Jeroen Olyslaegers, Constantia Soteriou and Jan Carson

European Writers 2020 and the National Centre for Writing, are delighted to welcome three of the most exciting writers from across the channel to an online discussion.  This evening we will explore how European writers deal with war and conflict. Swedish writer Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde’s novel What We Owe explores the aftereffects of the Iranian Revolution on one family’s life. Belgian writer Jeroen Olyslaegers’ novel Will, set during World War II, explores how we deal with evil, whether we act or don’t, how we are complicit. Cypriot writer Constantia Soteriou’s novel Bitter Country is about the events in Cyprus leading to the creation of the Green Line and uses women’s voices as a chorus talking about the impact of war and the disappearance of their sons. The Northern Irish writer Jan Carson will be chairing the event. 

Organised in partnership with the National Centre for Writing and supported by the Flanders House, the Embassy of Sweden and the Cyprus High Commission

Tuesday 6 October, 7:00pm to 8.00pm BST
 on YouTube. Please book in advance 
to receive a streaming link by email.

More info

More to be announced!

In November 2020, we will be partnering with The Poetry Society to bring to you an evening of European poetry with Antonis Skiathas, Ana Luísa Amaral, Mária Ferenčuhová, Charlotte Van den Broeck (tbc) and Julia Fiedorczuk. The event will be chaired by Goerge Szirtes.

More details to be announced soon. 

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European Literary London: A map

A collaboration with UCL European Institute

This interactive map acts as a guide to London through the eyes of Europe's literary, musical, artistic and scientific minds. Each map marker signifies a London location as described in a book, poem, song, or film.

here to discover more!

LitCast with Mária Ferenčuhová

In Lit_Cast Slovakia #11, Slovak poet and translator Mária Ferenčuhová tells Julia Sherwood how the pandemic made her appreciate virtual literary events and turn from writing straight poetry to texts dealing with fragility, aging and dying. She also talks about translating Michel Houellebecq and cooperative translation of poetry, and recommends a bunch of Slovak poets to read in, or be translated into English.

Listen to the podcast 

Jeroen Olyslaegers in conversation with David Colmer 

Ahead of our exciting online event European Writers on War and Conflict, Flemish author and playwright Jeroen Olyslaegers spoke to writer, editor and translator David Colmer about the process of writing and translating Will: an award-winning lyrical meditation on evil and guilt set during the Second World War.

Read the full interview here. 

Jan Carson in conversation with Clara Ministral

The award-winning writer Jan Carson spoke to the translator Clara Ministral about the process of translating The Fire Starters, a story which examines the legacy of violence in Belfast, Northern Ireland for a Spanish-speaking audience. Realised within the framework of our upcoming online event European Writers on War and Conflict

Read the full interview 

Coming up soon: 

As part of the European Writers on War and Conflict event, organised in partnership with the National Centre for Writing we will be publishing soon two more interviews; the first one with the Cypriot writer Constantia Soteriou and her translator Lina Protopapa and the second one with the Swedish writer Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde’s and her translator Elizabeth Clarkwessel.  

Stay tuned!

More events:
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