Friday 28th April
18:30 - 20:00
Launching our 3-day festival of World Writing, journalist and director of the European Literature Network Rosie (The Riveter) Goldsmith, hosts an evening of curated readings with 10 acclaimed writers of international literature. In a ‘10 by 10’ format ad with the centenary of the 2017 Russian revolution as ‘inspiration’, each have 10 minutes to discuss and read from their own fiction, poetry or non-fiction followed by a fast, fun and furious 30-minute debate involving all 10 writers on the theme of change and revolution in the world and in literature.
This is a ticketed event - £6.50 (+£1 booking fee) via Ticketscript
Russia’s leading detective and crime writer, Boris Akunin also writes literary novels as well as essays, history books and plays. His recent multi-volume, popular history project, entitled “History of The Russian State”, combines both non-fiction and fiction.@borisakunin
Arts journalist and broadcaster - covering events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa - Rosie Goldsmith is founder of the European Literature Network and helped launch European Literature Night at the British Library in 2009.@GoldRosie
Vesna Goldsworthy was born in Belgrade in 1961, but has lived in London since 1986. She is the author of four books: Inventing Ruritania, on the shaping of cultural perceptions of the Balkans; a poetry collection, The Angel of Salonika, memoir Chernobyl Strawberries and the novel Gorsky.
Colombian-born Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is the author of What If Latin America Ruled the World? and Story of a Death Foretold, two award-winning accounts of Latin America today. He teaches Philosophy, Art and Law at Birkbeck College, University of London, and lectures around the world.
Vaseem Khan is the bestselling author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency novels, a crime series based in Mumbai, India, and featuring a baby elephant. His first book, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was translated into 10 languages. His latest novel is The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star.@VaseemKhanUK
Rory MacLean is the author of 12 books including Stalin's Nose and Berlin: Imagine a City, a portrait of the city across 500 years. His latest book, Pictures of You: Ten Journeys in Time’, is based on photos from the Archive of Modern Conflict.@wander2wonder
Diego Marani is a prominent and prolific Italian novelist, as well as a senior official at the European Union. His novels include New Finnish Grammar, The Last of the Vostyachs and The Interpreter.
Elif Shafak writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 15 books, 10 of them novels, this year the outstanding Three Daughters of Eve, as well as other bestsellers The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love. Elif is a judge of this year’s Man Booker International Prize.@Elif_Safak
Cristina is a powerful voice in contemporary Spanish literature. Her latest novel The Winterlings, was praised by fellow Galician Manual Rivas as “radically new…original and unusual”, and gaining outstanding critical acclaim and several prizes, including an English PEN Award.
George Szirtes was born in Hungary in 1948 and came to England as a refugee in 1956. He has published many collections, including Reel, which awarded the 2004 T S Eliot Prize. His most recent book is Mapping the Delta.@george_szirtes
Zinovy Zinik lost his Soviet citizenship in 1975 and arrived in London via Jerusalem in 1976. He has written 14 books in English and Russian. His recent books in English include an autobiographical History Thieves and a novel Sounds Familiar or The Beast of Artek.