Romanian Literature: A European Odyssey. Romania at the London Book Fair 2019

12 - 14/03/2019 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

Marking the twelfth consecutive showcase of Romanian literature at the London Book Fair, this year’s programme at this major global event is a celebration of Europeanness. Taking place at Olympia Exhibition Centre, at 1 Belgrave Square and the Caravansérail Bookshop of Brick Lane, a series of events ranging from book launches and debates to poetry readings and music will celebrate Romanian literature through the works of contemporary writers but also through translations of time-honored authors.

The protagonists of the Romanian programme at the London Book Fair 2019 are writers Paul Bailey, Marius Chivu, Andrei Codrescu, Claudiu Florian, Horia Gârbea, Mircea Mihăieș, Ioana Pârvulescu and Matei Vișniec, journalist Rosie Goldsmith, poets Radu Andriescu, Linda Maria Baros, Dan Coman, Teodor Dună, Paul Gorban, Andra Rotaru and Cătălin Mihai Ștefan, translators Gabriela Reich and Andreea Scridon, literary critics Dan Cristea, Daniel Cristea Enache and Răzvan Voncu, as well as publishers Silvia Colfescu and Dan Pleșa. Musical accompaniment for the final evening of the programme will be offered by pianist Mina Beldimănescu.

The Romanian participation at the LBF 2019 is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute's National Book Centre and the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, with the support of the Romanian Embassy, Caravansérail Bookshop, the Romanian Publishers Association, University of Pittsburgh Press, Palm Art Press and Aurora Metro Books. The project is funded by the Romanian Cultural Institute.

Please note: all the events in the programme are in English.



14:00/ Stand 5C126/ Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road
The Opening of the Romanian Stand at the London Book Fair 2019

Introductory remarks by HE Dan Mihalache, Ambassador of Romania in London.

This year, we inaugurate Romania’s stand at the London Book Fair in the company of author Horia Gârbea and literary critics Daniel Cristea Enache, Dan Cristea and Răzvan Voncu. The four guests will look at Romanian literature in the wider European context, in a conversation chaired by RCI London acting director Magda Stroe. Romanian and British authors, translators, publishers and other professionals from both sides of the English Channel – you are all welcome! Followed by a vin d’honneur.

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19:00/ RCI London, 1 Belgrave Square
Romanian Literature: A European Topos

For the flagship event in our programme, an evening of invigorating conversations and exquisite prose, Romania’s European Union Prize for Literature laureates take centre stage. Celebrated authors Ioana Pârvulescu and Claudiu Florian, winners of the EUPL Prize, will be reflecting on writing in a new Europe and the borderless imagination in the company of revered British author Paul Bailey, a refined connoisseur of Romanian literature and culture at large. The conversation, chaired by former BBC journalist Rosie Goldsmith, director of the European Literature Network, will be illustrated by readings from the awarded writings - Ioana Pârvulescu’s novel Life Begins on Friday and the short story A Voice, as well as Claudiu Florian’s The Ages of the Game. Citadel Street.

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12:00/ Stand 5C126/ Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road
Meet the Romanian Publishers

The Romanian Cultural Institute’s translation support programmes have, for years, been some of the most generous financial schemes of this kind in Europe and beyond. Join us at our stand for a presentation of these programmes and the editorial offers on the Romanian book market, hosted by publishers Dan Pleșa (Vellant Publishing House) and Silvia Colfescu (Vremea Publishing House), joined by authors, translators and literary critics Marius Chivu (‘Iocan’ Magazine/ Romanian short prose) and Linda Maria Baros.

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19:00/ Caravansérail Bookshop, 5 Cheshire St, London E2 6ED
No Time Like Now: New Romanian Books in English

The latest Romanian books in English translation are presented in a special event hosted by Caravansérail, the charming bilingual bookshop nestled in London's Brick Lane. The event brings together acclaimed authors Andrei Codrescu (‘No Time Like Now’, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), Matei Vișniec (‘Migraaaaants! There's Too Many on This Damn Boat’, Palm Art Press, 2018) and Mircea Mihăieș, joined by prolific Gabi Reich and her new translations of Lucian Blaga’s ‘Poems of Light’ (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018) and Mihail Sebastian’s ‘Women’ & ‘The Town with Acacia Trees’ (Aurora Metro Books, 2019), in a discussion moderated by writer and literary reviewer Marius Chivu (Romanian Short Fiction. An Anthology, edited by Lidia Vianu). Followed by a wine reception.

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19:00/ RCI London, 1 Belgrave Square
In Verse We Trust: An Evening of Poetry and Music

“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” - Emily Dickinson

Eight accomplished Romanian poets of different generations and stylistic inclinations - Radu Andriescu, Marius Chivu, Andrei Codrescu, Dan Coman, Teodor Dună, Paul Gorban, Andra Rotaru and Cătălin Mihai Ștefan - come together for an uplifting evening of poetry and music, where readings of thought-provoking new verse are interspersed with live music performed by virtuoso pianist Mina Beldimănescu. The English translations of the poems will be provided by budding translator Andreea Scridon, assistant editor at Asymptote.

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