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. 

'The Morometes' by Marin Preda - Excerpts from the 1957 English edition

'The Morometes' by Marin Preda - Excerpts from the 1957 English edition

Excerpts from the 1957 English edition of the novel, translated by N. Mişu and published by The Foreign Languages Publishing House, Bucharest.   This publication is part of the Romanian Cultural Institute’s "The Morometes 60: The Jubilee of a Masterpiece" programme, London, 10 June – 9 July 2015. The...

17/06/2015 - 01/01/2020
Gellu Naum, The Incendiary Wanderer: an anthology

Gellu Naum, The Incendiary Wanderer: an anthology

The e-book comprises excerpts from Gellu Naum, Athanor and Other Pohems, translated by MARGENTO and Martin Woodside, New York: Calypso Editions, 2013 andVasco da Gama şi alte poheme. Vasco da Gama and Other Pohems, translated with an introduction by Alistair Ian Blyth, Bucharest: Humanitas, 2007. The selection also comprises...

29/10/2015 - 29/10/2050
“Eternity Ceaselessly Before Us”: Romania at the London Book Fair 2017

“Eternity Ceaselessly Before Us”: Romania at the London Book Fair 2017

For a decade this year, Romania has been a constant presence at the London Book Fair through programmes showcasing the vibrancy of a diverse literature. This year’s participation, translated into a series of illuminating events, ranging from book launches and dialogues to theatre and exhibitions, honours the legacy of poet and philosopher...

14 - 16/03/2017 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH

Events archive

Romanian Books for the Brent Library

Romanian Books for the Brent Library

We celebrate Romania’s National Culture Day with the official opening of the Romanian Section at Willesden Green Library in Brent, London’s borough which hosts the biggest Romanian community in the UK. Made possible by a generous donation offered by the National Library of Romania, the section comprises a wide selection of Romanian books in...

14/01/2017 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH
Shakespeare According to Volceanov

Shakespeare According to Volceanov

Visionary translator and editor George Volceanov, the driving force behind Romania’s most ambitious Shakespeare translation project in decades, joins an international creative ensemble gathered in Norwich to mark 400 years since The Bard's death. On 8 December, at the Writers’ Centre Norwich, George Volceanov together with...

08 - 11/12/2016 @ Writers’ Centre Norwich & University of East Anglia
A 'Poem' for the Romanian Verse

A 'Poem' for the Romanian Verse

We are pleased to be hosting the launch of the latest issue of Poem magazine, whose September-December double edition published by Routledge is entirely focused on Romanian verse. Featuring names that make up centuries of Romanian poetry, this true anthology, developed by  renowned English poet Fiona Sampson, abounds in new works, superbly...

29/11/2016 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH
Prize-Winning Claudiu Florian Joins the Euro Stars

Prize-Winning Claudiu Florian Joins the Euro Stars

Romanian novelists and diplomat Claudiu Florian, this year’s revelation at the European Union Literature Prize, reflects on arts and international politics in a troubled time in the company of British author and translator Tim Parks, French novelist Antoine Laurain and British writer and illustrator Joanna Walsh. The event...

28/09/2016 @ Waterstones Piccadilly, London W1J9HD
G.M. Cantacuzino: The Architecture of Dignity

G.M. Cantacuzino: The Architecture of Dignity

George Matei Cantacuzino, the multi-faceted Romanian architect, painter and author, is celebrated at the Romanian Cultural Institute through a kaleidoscopic event that aims at remembering one of the greatest cultural figures of antebellum Romania. The evening will be opened by the launch of Ion Mihai Cantacuzino’s 'A Prince Among...

05/07/2016 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH
London Reads Ioana Pârvulescu

London Reads Ioana Pârvulescu

Following her participation at the 2014 edition of the London Book Fair, acclaimed cultural historian and novelist Ioana Pârvulescu meets her British readers in two special events celebrating the English publication of her 2013 EU Literature Prize winning novel ‘Life Begins on Friday’ by Istros Books. On the evening of 23...

23 - 24/06/2016 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH; British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
Poet Ioan Es. Pop Through the Poetry Periscope

Poet Ioan Es. Pop Through the Poetry Periscope

In May this year, Romanian poet Ioan Es. Pop, whose work has been widely published in the UK not only as part of various anthologies but also through his acclaimed collection 'No Way out of Hadesburg and other Poems' (University of Plymouth Press, 2010) makes his comeback on Britain’s literary scene at the prestigious European...

03/05/2016 @ British Library Piazza, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
Sebastian's Passions

Sebastian's Passions

Already a star of Bucharest’s literary scene in the 1930s, Mihail Sebastian was killed at the age of 37 by an erratic Soviet military truck before the end of the Second World War, after years of clandestine living under a paradoxical fascist regime. Decades after his untimely death, Sebastian is rightly celebrated not only as an...

14/04/2016 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH
Eliade after Eliade

Eliade after Eliade

One of the greatest names of Romanian culture and a seminal historian of religions, Mircea Eliade is this year’s focus of the Romanian programme at the London Book Fair. Original and encyclopaedic, regarded as a Renaissance-like character in the range of his scientific and artistic ambitions, the great writer was one of the most...

13/04/2016 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH
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