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. 

Eliade, Back in Belgravia

Eliade, Back in Belgravia

Following the enthusiastic reception in Britain of Mircea Eliade’s first novel, “Diary of a Short-Sighted Adolescent”, Istros Books continue their incursion into the renowned philosopher and author’s creative universe with an equally enthralling autobiographical novel. “Gaudeamus” is in fact...

08/05/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

Events archive

Polyphonic: Animated Poetry and Music

Polyphonic: Animated Poetry and Music

The culmination of the Romanian programme at the London Book Fair is a multimedia poetry show celebrating the Centenary of Romanian Unification (1918-2018) through poetry, visuals and music. The event features ten of the most talented young Romanian poets of diverse ethnic backgrounds: Michael Astner, Andrei Dósa, Robert Gabriel Elekes,...

11/04/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH
It’s All About the Stories: Romanian Literature as World Literature

It’s All About the Stories: Romanian Literature as World Literature

The latest Romanian books in English translation are presented in a special event hosted by Waterstones Gower Street, Europe's largest specialist range bookshop located in the heart of Bloomsbury. The event brings together authors Magda Cârneci (‘A Deafening Silence’, Shearsman Books, 2017) and Arabella McIntyre Brown...

10/04/2018 @ Waterstones Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ
Writing and Making History: Remembering the Great War Generation. Romania at the London Book Fair 2018

Writing and Making History: Remembering the Great War Generation. Romania at the London Book Fair 2018

Romania’s eleventh presence at the biggest book fair in Britain remembers our participation in the Great War and the subsequent unification of all Romanian provinces in 1918 by celebrating these two momentous events through their most enduring artistic echoes. At the Romanian stand at Olympia Exhibition Centre, at our home at 1...

10 - 12/04/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH
Writing Fashion: an Encounter with Fashion Guru Sanda Miller

Writing Fashion: an Encounter with Fashion Guru Sanda Miller

Join us for the launch of Sanda Miller and Peter McNeil’s 'Fashion Journalism: History, Theory, and Practice', a ground-breaking history of fashion writing and a fascinating exploration of the impact of ideology and technology on the way we think and conceptualize our sartorial tastes.  Author and art historian Sanda Miller...

22/03/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH
Forgiveness in an Unforgiving Age

Forgiveness in an Unforgiving Age

What is forgiveness and what can the latest psychological research tell us about its nature? Join us for the launch of 'Forgiveness is Really Strange' (Singing Dragon / Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018), a witty and intelligent comic exploring the key aspects of forgiveness, in the company of authors Marina Cantacuzino and Masi Noor,...

21/02/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH
'The Book of Whispers' Launches in London

'The Book of Whispers' Launches in London

As the Festive Season begins, we invite you to a literary soiree centred upon one of the most amazing Romanian literary breakthroughs in recent times. Politician-turned-author Varujan Vosganian talks about his powerful novel 'The Book of Whispers', published by Yale University Press. He is joined by Rosie Goldsmith, the eloquent supremo...

05/12/2017 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH
Herta Müller: An Afternoon with a Nobel Laureate

Herta Müller: An Afternoon with a Nobel Laureate

Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller, the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature, meets her London readers for an afternoon of great literature and fiery conversation. The iconoclast author, equally famous for her brilliant prose and intransigent public advocacy, will be joined by translator Phillip Boehm. The...

17/09/2017 @ British Library (Knowledge Centre), 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Literature Conquers the Streets

Literature Conquers the Streets

Romania is represented at a popular EUNIC event, which fills the streets of Dublin with some of the best stories of contemporary European prose, by T.O. Bobe’s 'The Most Beautiful Woman in the World'. The readings will take place at Dublin Writers’ Museum on 7 September and are supported by the Romanian...

07/09/2017 @ Dublin Writers’ Museum
A Romanian Poetic Trio for Ledbury Festival

A Romanian Poetic Trio for Ledbury Festival

As the summer kicks in, three of Romania’s most exciting women poets – Ana Blandiana, Magda Cârneci and Svetlana Cârstean – join translator Viorica Pâtea for a special event curated by British author Fiona Sampson MBE at the prestigious Ledbury Poetry Festival, the biggest of its kind in the...

01/07/2017 @ Burgage Hall, Church Lane, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1DW
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