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

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
Benjamin Fondane: The Existential Ulysses

Benjamin Fondane: The Existential Ulysses

B. Fundoianu / Benjamin Fondane, the Jewish Romanian poet turned French philosopher, is this year’s focus of the Romanian programme at the London Book Fair. With a poetic reputation well established in the literary avant-gardes of interwar Romania, Fundoianu moved to Paris where he was known as Benjamin Fondane, a redoubtable...

15/03/2017 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH
Encounters: New Romanian Books in English

Encounters: New Romanian Books in English

The latest Romanian books in English are presented in a special event hosted by Waterstones Piccadilly, the flagship bookshop set in the heart of London. The event brings together authors Gabriela Adameşteanu ('The Encounter', Dalkey Archive Press, 2016), Alexandru Vakulovski ('The Review of Contemporary...

14/03/2017 @ Waterstones Piccadilly, London W1J9HD
'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
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
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