March 2023 ELNet Newsflash!

News of our latest riveting European literary events!

The European Literature Network is proud to present, not one, not two but THREE major events and dates for your diaries. First, on 18th April, the launch of The Austrian Riveter magazine at the British Library and, on the 25th April, The Spanish Riveter magazine, also at the British Library. You’ll be able to meet the authors and translators in person and pick up your free copies of the magazine on those dates or order them online. There will also be related Riveter events at the Literary Translation Centre and London Book Fair from 18th-20th April. And, another drum roll please for our third event, the first ever European Writers’ Festival at the British Library, taking place from 20th- 21st May.

As Director of the European Literature Network and Editor-in-Chief of the Riveter magazines I’d like to thank my truly excellent ELNet team, all our amazing contributing writers, translators and publishers and our very generous sponsors.

Details of the three events are below (including who to contact for further information).

Tickets are from the British Library (not through us).

Contributors will receive their copies of the Riveter magazines by post after the launch events.

Launch of The Austrian Riveter magazine
The Austrian Riveter: Riveting Writing from Austria
Tue 18 Apr 2023, 19:00 – 20:30
At the British Library, London

[Cover design @Lo Cole]

Who are Austria’s most riveting writers, and what are they writing about?

Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth? Both famous Austrian writers, but if you’d like to meet some of Austria’s most famous living writers, to hear what’s happening in contemporary poetry, prose and translation, join us in person for lively discussion and readings, with Daniel Kehlmann (Measuring the World, Tyll), Doron Rabinovici (ElsewhereThe Attitude) and Kaśka Bryla (Red ApeIce Divers). 

Along with other leading literary lights, such as Robert Menasse, Elfriede Jelinek, Raphaela Edelbauer, Edmund de Waal, Hella Pick and Misha Glenny, our three guests are all contributors to The Austrian Riveter, the first ever magazine of Austrian literature in English, which we launch on the night. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

For all media enquiries please email:
More event information and tickets here.


Launch of The Spanish Riveter magazine
The Spanish Riveter: Riveting Writing from Spain
Tue 25 Apr 2023, 19:00 – 20:30
At the British Library, London.
[Cover design @Ana Galvañ]

The Spanish Riveter magazine is devoted to the languages of Spain, the literatures written in them and their translation into English. In an evening of lively discussion and readings with some of the magazine’s star contributors, we celebrate the wealth of contemporary writing in Castilian, Catalan, Galician and Basque, as well as the Latin American influence. 

Listen to Margaret Jull Costa read from her translation of Javier Marías. Hear broadcaster and writer Robert Elms eulogise about Spanish culture. Enjoy readings from the greats of Spanish literature, alongside introductions to new and emerging writers of colour and queer writers, who offer some of the most innovative work being produced in the languages of Spain today. Chaired by guest editor of The Spanish RiveterKatie Whittemore.

For all media enquiries please email:
More event information and tickets here.

The European Writers’ Festival The Stories We Tell
Sat and Sun, 20-21 May 2023At the British Library

The first European Writers’ Festival at the British Library sees many of Europe’s greatest storytellers gather together for one remarkable, unmissable weekend, to perform and debate the literature and big ideas defining their countries and Europe today. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the best European prose and poetry in English translation and to ensure that the cultural networks and exchanges between Britain and Europe continue to thrive as we forge new paths and tackle the challenges of our times.

Panels and performances will take place over two days, each with different authors and different themes, from Writing about History to Freedom, Language and War. Alongside the panels you can join readings and performances from participating writers. All events are in English.

Organised by the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) London in partnership with the European Literature Network and the British Library, the European Writers’ Festival is curated by former BBC journalist Rosie Goldsmith, director of the European Literature Network and Editor-in-Chief of the Riveter magazines.

See the full festival programme here.

More festival information and tickets here.

For all media enquiries please contact Sophie Goodfellow or Kealey Rigden at FMcM Associates: or

The ELNet team looks forward to meeting you at London Book Fair from 18-20th April. If we don’t just bump into you (usually the case!) then we’re also happy to book appointments (get in touch: ) and will also be delighted to see you at the following seminars:

European-UK grants and activities post-Brexit

Less Translated Langs from Multilingual Spain

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