European Literature Night 2014


Now in its sixth year, European Literature Night returns once again to celebrate the best of literature from across the continent, an enthralling journey of words across some vivid cultural landscapes.

Bigger and bolder than ever before, European Literature Night will present two events this year. European Literature Night: The Writers will be an event of readings and conversation with six internationally acclaimed writers from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Poland. These six remarkable writers were each selected by a panel of judges from 15 countries.

A new addition to the programme this year, European Literature Night: The Graphic Novelists has been conceived to coincide with opening of the British Library’s summer exhibition, Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK. Chaired by exhibition co-curator, Paul Gravett, this event will bring together four of Europe’s most talented cartoonists from Belgium, The Czech Republic, Germany and Spain.

Following on from last year’s packed event, the Open University is again running a panel discussion with a group of writers and translators involved in European Literature Night – Stories in Translation: Translating the Untranslatable.

There will be a special, free ELN library event at Wood Green Central Library the day before The British Library trio, featuring Polish ELN writer Witold Szabłowski, his translator and UK publisher.

Janet Zmroczek, Head of European Studies for the British Library and part of the 2014 judging panel, commented on this year’s event:

“We are delighted to be hosting European Literature Night for a sixth year. From medieval manuscripts to modern crime fiction, the Library has a wonderful collection of poetry, drama and prose, in every language from Occitan to Albanian, Icelandic to Luxembourgish, so we are delighted to have this chance to celebrate the richness of European writing with other cities across the continent.”

Hosted once again by the British Library, European Literature Night is held in association with EUNIC London and will take place simultaneously across 15 other European cities on Wednesday 14th May 2014.