Literature

Literature

The events pass, the books are here to stay. For RCI London, the promotion of Romanian literature is a perennial priority. Most of our editorial projects are carried out with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute’s National Book Centre in Bucharest. The goal is to publish the best in Romanian literature and with the best publishing houses.

At the same time, we work to increase the circulation of Romanian names among the British reading public through Romanian events at major British literary festivals, book fairs such as the London International Book Fair. We organize readings, talks, book launches and publish extracts in literary magazines. Major partners include the Royal Society of Literature, British Library, Poet in the City, Waterstones Piccadilly and the European Bookshop in London. 

Events archive

Ana Podaru (1974-2019): A Celebration of her Life and Literary Work

Ana Podaru (1974-2019): A Celebration of her Life and Literary Work

The Romanian Cultural Institute in London holds an emotional commemoration of poet Ana Podaru, who has recently passed away. Her family, friends and fellow poetry enthusiasts will gather to honour her memory and to celebrate her life and work. Ana Podaru was born on 27 October 1974, in Bacău. She spent her childhood in the countryside and...

28/10/2019 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH
Befitting of the Coming Winter Season: A Book to Warm the Heart ‘The Town with Acacia Trees’: Book Launch & Panel

Befitting of the Coming Winter Season: A Book to Warm the Heart ‘The Town with Acacia Trees’: Book Launch & Panel

The Romanian Cultural Institute proudly presents the next book in the series of Romanian essential literature translated into English: Mihail Sebastian’s “witty, lyrical coming-of-age novel” (Aurora Metro Books) ’The Town with Acacia Trees’. Written in 1931, the story is being told from the perspective of Gelu,...

10/10/2019 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH
A Lost Classic of WWII, from Romania to the English Bookshelves

A Lost Classic of WWII, from Romania to the English Bookshelves

We welcome the new season with the publication, by Istros Books, of yet another Romanian title to add to your reading lists. ‘The Trap’, a volume comprising two of Ludovic Bruckstein’s novellas that speak about struggle, survival and the rich world of Jewish culture in the Maramureș region of Northern Romania, will be...

26/09/2019 @ Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL
Contemporary Romanian Poetry at the European Poetry Festival

Contemporary Romanian Poetry at the European Poetry Festival

For its second edition this April, The European Poetry Festival, one of the UK’s most innovative festivals of its kind, showcases contemporary Romanian verse with an avant-garde twist. Poets Robert Gabriel Elekes, Simona Nastac and Cosmin Perța join some of the most innovative and dynamic poets from across the globe to perform for three...

06 - 13/04/2019
Which One of Us: A Story to Tell

Which One of Us: A Story to Tell

“Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.” - John Barth   At the end of March, renowned theatre director and writer Chris Simion-Mercurian joins beloved actress Maia Morgenstern and photographer Cătălina Flămânzeanu for a special event occasioned by the launch of her bilingual autobiographical...

28/03/2019 @ RCI London
In Verse We Trust: An Evening of Poetry and Music

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 Award-winning Romanian-American author Andrei Codrescu, whose work is "cause for celebration" (Kay Boyle), is our special guest for the last event in Romania’s programme at the London Book Fair. He is joined...

14/03/2019 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH
No Time Like Now: New Romanian Books in English

No Time Like Now: New Romanian Books in English

The latest Romanian books in English are presented, alongside the newest collection of lyric poems by revered American writer of Romanian origin Andrei Codrescu, 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...

13/03/2019 @ Caravansérail Bookshop, 5 Cheshire St, London E2 6ED
Romanian Literature: A European Topos

Romanian Literature: A European Topos

For the flagship event in our programme at the London Book Fair, 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...

12/03/2019 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH
Romanian Literature: A European Odyssey. Romania at the London Book Fair 2019

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

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...

12 - 14/03/2019 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH
Romanian Verse at StAnza Poetry Festival

Romanian Verse at StAnza Poetry Festival

For the 22nd year in a row, Scotland’s StAnza Poetry Festival opens its doors to international talent. Romania’s first-ever participation at the famed festival, now recognised as one of the leading poetry festivals in the UK and Europe, brings together poets Claudiu Komartin and Simona Nastac, joined by artist Raluca Popa. The three...

10/03/2019 @ The Byre Theatre, University of St Andrews - Conference Room, Abbey Street, St Andrews KY16 9LA
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