European Literature Night

European Literature Night

European Literature Night (ELN) is an annual celebration of writing in translation from across the continent. Originally the idea of the Czech Centre, ELN now takes place in 14 cities across Europe on the same night in May, with more cities participating every year. Speaking Volumes has produced the ELN London events since 2012.

About European Literature Night London

European Literature Night is presented in partnership with the Czech Centre London, the British Library (venue for the events), EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) London, and the European Commission Representation in the UK

Each year a call is sent out asking European Cultural Institutes, publishers and organisations to nominate writers to be considered for selection to take part in ELN.

The authors are selected by a panel of judges comprising: Rosie Goldsmith (broadcast journalist and host of ELN); Daniel Hahn (writer, translator and Director of BCLT); Janet Zmroczek (Head of European Studies at the British Library) and Kristian Jensen (Head of Arts and Humanities at the British Library). A different guest judge is invited to join the panel every year.

Guest judge for 2015 was Gabriel Gbadamosi, the award-winning author of Vauxhall (2013). Find out about this year’s ELN, the range of events and the writers taking place, here.

You can also discover who has participated since then, and the events that have taken place:

European Literature Night 2014

European Literature Night 2013

European Literature Night 2012



About Rosie Goldsmith

Rosie Goldsmith is a journalist specialising in arts and international affairs, in the UK and abroad. As a BBC broadcaster she travelled the world, from Libya to Japan to East Timor, and is a high profile champion of European literature. Rosie has been the chair for the main ELN London event since it began.

About the British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library’s collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website – – every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.


About EUNIC 

EUNIC LONDON is the network of the cultural institutes from the member states of the European Union in LONDON, as part of EUNIC. The network was established in September 2007 in London and has at present 28 members and associate -members who share knowledge and resources on a common European agenda. With the aim of further enhancing the awareness for European cultural diversity and creativity in the UK, we develop annual as well as one-off projects. EUNIC London is the initiator of the London European Literature Night, which is one of its many projects designed to further enhance the awareness for European cultural diversity and creativity in the