Happy new year and have a Riveting 2017!
By the end of 2017 I promise you will be heartily sick of the word ‘Riveting’ and of the hashtag #Riveting! No apologies – it means we will have achieved our task here at ELNet in making this the most ‘Riveting/#Riveting’ year yet for European and International Literature in the UK (in spite of some other, less positive hashtags). All this year expect #Riveting Reviews, Reads, Events, Workshops, Blogs, Debates and Festivals.
Our first riveting ‘High Impact’ event is on 17th January, with Herman Koch and David Nicholls, among other Dutch and UK star authors, performing at The Tabernacle in London. Don’t miss it. TICKETS ON SALE HERE. Not only will your ticket purchase guarantee you a riveting evening but you will be supporting us directly.
Our January #RivetingReviews will also be dedicated to Dutch Literature and will feature all the books at our event. If you followed our December German #RivetingReviews, guest edited by Judith Vonberg, you’ll see that we are pursuing riveting new ways to promote and critique foreign literature. Guest editors for our special Dutch edition are West Camel and Aimee Hardy.
Looking further ahead, on February 1st at Europe House we are holding our free workshop ‘How to write Riveting Reviews’ run by professional literary reviewers. if you are an aspiring reviewer or want to hone your skills do sign up. Our next ELNet Members’ meeting takes place that same evening, also at Europe House.
In March we’re creating our first actual magazine ‘The Riveter’ (in print and online) to showcase Polish literature. Poland is the Market Focus at London Book Fair in March. The fabulous Deborah Levy is our guest editor and we have the support of LBF, the British Council and the Polish Cultural Institute.
So revolution is in the air: 2017 is the centenary of the Russian Revolution and we are already riveting away on events with the British Library and Waterstones Piccadilly.
#RosieTheRiveter has been my nickname for a long time – or as a marketing friend calls it, my ‘brand’. This year I plan to use that name with pride. Or at least to wear my new Christmas #RosieTheRiveter socks with pride. And with red shoes.
Happy 2017 , as they say on ‘Strictly’, ‘Get Riveting!’
By Rosie Goldsmith