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. 

Dimitrie Dimăncescu: A Life of Purpose (book launch, film & talk)

Dimitrie Dimăncescu: A Life of Purpose (book launch, film & talk)

Dimitrie Dimăncescu (1896-1984), the Romanian diplomat whose life resembles a novel, war hero decorated by three monarchs and a close collaborator of Winston Churchill, is one of the most remarkable figures of his time in Romanian history. “Uncharted Journey: Memoirs of Dimitri D. Dimancescu”, his astounding memoirs that span the...

23/10/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH
The Fourth Digital Revolution: Blessing or Curse?

The Fourth Digital Revolution: Blessing or Curse?

We are on the cusp of the Fourth Digital Revolution that will impact the world in an unprecedented manner, reconfiguring our lives in ways that both excite and fill us with apprehension. With increased frequency and from multiple sources we are being exposed to “sound bites” of information that warn us against these forthcoming...

14/11/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

Events archive

"Between Clay and Star": Astounding Voices of Romanian Verse in English Translation

We are delighted to host the launch of the Modern Poetry in Translation summer issue Between Clay and Star including a feature on Romanian poetry. Five of the most exciting Romanian poets, whose work spans the twentieth and twenty-first century, Ana Blandiana, Gellu Naum, Mariana Marin, Dan Sociu and Liliana Ursu, are all represented in...

26/09/2013 @ Institutul Cultural Român, 1 Belgrave Square
Eminescu. The Eventual Crossing

Eminescu. The Eventual Crossing

Although he travelled extensively since very young, the towering bard of Romanian poetry, Mihai Eminescu (1850–1889), never crossed the Channel. Belgravia will however be filled by his presence through an event celebrating the enduring work of the immortal poet in an original mélange of poetry, music and visuals. The show will star...

20/06/2013 @ Romanian Cultural Institute
Panels and Conversations at the London Book Fair

Panels and Conversations at the London Book Fair

Our sixth consecutive participation at the biggest book showcase in Britain is placed under the aegis of the extraordinary Romanian literary heritage created in Great Britain, as well as in the English-speaking world, during the past decades. At the Romanian stand in Earls Court or in 1 Belgrave Square, the events set up by the Romanian...

15 - 17/04/2013 @ Earls Court 2, London
Romania at the Most Important Book Showcase in Britain

Romania at the Most Important Book Showcase in Britain

Our sixth consecutive participation at the biggest book showcase in Britain is placed under the aegis of the extraordinary Romanian literary heritage created in Great Britain, as well as in the English-speaking world, during the past decades. At the Romanian stand in Earls Court or in 1 Belgrave Square, the events set up by the Romanian...

15 - 17/04/2013 @ Earls Court 2 & Romanian Cultural Institute
Nichita Stanescu - 80 years since birth

Nichita Stanescu - 80 years since birth

*  poetry  *  film  *  exhibition  * Join us to celebrate the immortal verse of the legendary Romanian poet Nichita Stănescu (1933-1983) with special guests editor & translator Peter Jay and BAFTA winner actress Anamaria Marinca. The evening will open with the documentary screening Nichita...

27/03/2013 @ ICR London
Reading & Talk with novelist Catalin Dorian Florescu

Reading & Talk with novelist Catalin Dorian Florescu

We are happy to associate with the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK and the Gotehe Institut London for a reading & talk with Romanian-born novelist Catalin Dorian Florescu. Catalin Dorian Florescu, winner of the Swiss Book Prize 2011, was born in Romania in 1967, where he spent his childhood and youth. Later, he and his parents...

21/06/2012 @ Goethe Institut, 50 Princes Gate Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH
Writer Norman Manea became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He chose to sign the roll book with Dickens’s quill

Writer Norman Manea became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He chose to sign the roll book with Dickens’s quill

The renowend writer of Romanian origin Norman Manea became a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Literature (RSL) during a special ceremony, on 31 May, at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London. Invited to sign into the roll book using either Dickens’s quill or Byron’s pen, Manea chose Dickens’s quill. “I...

13/06/2012 @ Romanian Cultural Institute London, 1 Belgrave Square
En garde: Olympic champion fencer Laura Badea reads timeless Romanian verses at Kings Place

En garde: Olympic champion fencer Laura Badea reads timeless Romanian verses at Kings Place

  A hymn to athletic and poetic excellence, Winning Words. Poetry and Sport is a rare occasion to see Romanian Olympic champion fencer Laura Badea and British and American Olympic gold medalists Tanni Grey Thompson, Edwin Moses and Chris Holmes reading and discussing classical and contemporary poetry, accompanied by the Denys Baptiste...

11/06/2012 @ Kings Place, King’s Place, 90 York Way, Londra, N1 9AG
Poet and broadcaster Robert Şerban debuts in London at the British Library

Poet and broadcaster Robert Şerban debuts in London at the British Library

Chaired by BBC journalist Rosie Goldsmith We are delighted to present  Romanian poet Robert Şerban at the prestigious European Literature Night – an international reading marathon for all lovers of literature, held simultaneously in 20 capital cities across Europe and Asia.    Now in its fourth year, the event at...

16/05/2012 @ The British Library, Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB
Romanians at Poet in the City: the Anthology

Romanians at Poet in the City: the Anthology

The bilingual anthology Contemporary Romanian Poets is the fruit of the very successful mirror readings with Romanian and British poets, initiated and developed in 2011 by the Institute and Poet in the City. The soirées proved magnetic for their audience, and this is how the works of Andrei Bodiu, Denisa Comănescu, Vasile Gârneţ,...

18/04/2012 @ Romanian Cultural Institute London, 1 Belgrave Square
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