Writers from six countriesshowcase compelling fiction and short stories
The centrepiece of the Festival, the Writers’ Showcase follows a day of talks and translation clinics at the British Library, with novelist and playwright Kate Mosse to deliver an opening address before appearances by the six 2016 ELN Writers, who'll be interviewed on stage by broadcaster and director of European Literature Network Rosie Goldsmith. The discussion will travel from the Turkish prison cells of Burhan Sönmez’s ‘Istanbul, Istanbul’ to the turned upside-down-lives in Dorthe Nors’s twisted and imaginatively-realised streets of Copenhagen; to Gabriela Babnik’s seductive tale of forbidden love on the dusty plains of Burkina Faso; via Peter Verhelst’s deadpan Belgian humour in his Gorilla-narrated fable about the story of human civilisation (and its collapse). There is a tormented relationship unfolding between widow and son on Dutch-writer Jaap Robben’s remote and stormy island (located somewhere between Scotland and Norway); and we finish in Alek Popov’s strange and comic novel that moves between Bulgaria and New York, where two brothers question whether their long-deceased father is, in fact, dead. Speakers: - Burhan Sönmez (Turkey) - Dorthe Nors (Denmark) - Gabriela Babnik (Slovenia) - Peter Verhelst (Belgium) - Jaap Roben (Netherlands) - Alek Popov (Bulgaria) - Rosie Goldsmith (chair) - Kate Mosse (opening address) Event runs from 6:30pm till 8.30pm and is followed by a drinks reception.
“Writing in translation offers us a way to understand our neighbours better…at a time when the countless shared histories and stories from Europe are in danger of being lost…an initiative like the European Literature Festival is more important than ever."