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Mon, 11 Mar


Romanian Cultural Institute

Voices of Freedom: Romania at the London Book Fair

The Female Gaze: Women and Writing

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Voices of Freedom: Romania at the London Book Fair
Voices of Freedom: Romania at the London Book Fair

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11 Mar 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH, UK

About the event

We kick off Romania’s participation at this edition of the London Book Fair with an event dedicated to women's writing and focused on British and Romanian authors. Our distinguished guests are Hannah Dawson, specialised in the history of ideas and Professor at King's College London, editor of The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing and Suzannah Lipscomb, historian, writer, TV personality, Chair of Judges of the inaugural edition of Women's Prize for Non-Fiction (2024). They will be joined by poetess and editor Alina Purcaru, alongside Paula Erizanu, of the three-volume anthology Un secol de poezie română scrisă de femei / A Century of Romanian Poetry Written by Women. We will also welcome Elena Vlădăreanu, writer and coordinator of “Sofia Nădejde” Prize, awarded to contemporary Romanian female writers. The evening will be hosted by writer, editor and cultural journalist Paula Erizanu. Followed by a vin d’honneur.

Romania’s 14th participation at the London Book Fair (LBF) celebrates generations of astonishing writers, who offer strong, original voices and well-crafted language through their awarded books. 35 years since the Romanian Revolution, we celebrate freedom in all its creative forms, with a focus on Romania's literary scene.

Join us for a rich programme that unfolds at our stand at Olympia Exhibition Centre as well as at the Romanian Cultural Institute, Barbican Library and Conway Hall. Four packed days of book launches, dialogues and spoken word performances that will give you a flavour of our effervescent contemporary literature.

Our brilliant guests are writers and academics: Mădălina Căuneac, Liliana Corobca, Hannah Dawson, Paula Erizanu, Suzannah Lipscomb, Cosmin Perța, Florentin Popa, Alina Purcaru, Maria Stadnicka, Matei Vișniec, Elena Vlădăreanu. Authors, journalists and critics Marius Chivu and Bogdan Crețu, editors Eli Bădică, Alex Ciorogar and Susan Curtis; artist Iulian Morar; as well as translator Gabi Reigh, and cultural manager Milena Deleva complete our line-up.

The Romanian participation at the LBF 2024 is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute's National Book Centre and the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, with the support of the Romanian Embassy, Conway Hall, Barbican Library, the Romanian Publishers Association and the Ministry of Culture. The project is funded by the Romanian Cultural Institute.

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