The names of the Ten New Voices were announced at the 2017 London Book Fair as part of an innovative project, Literary Europe Live (LEuL), led by Literature Across Frontiers (LAF). Based in the Mercator Institute at Aberystwyth University, LEuL brings together a range of literary partners from 15 different countries of the EU.
The Ten New Voices for 2017 include novelists, poets, playwrights and translators from Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, France, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Spain and Wales. Now in its second year, the New Voices project has given a global platform to interesting writers who were little known outside their own countries.
Director of LAF, Alexandra Büchler said: “We selected our first ten New Voices in April 2016 and over the past year, they have had the opportunity to present their work at a range of literary festivals across Europe and beyond, their work has been translated into a number of languages and some of them have now secured contracts for book translations. These writers have certainly become better known on the international literary scene and have benefited from these encounters creatively and professionally. We now look forward to working with our new selection of writers and taking their work to a wider audience.”
Following the announcement at the London Book Fair, the ten New Voices 2017 will meet at the Kosmopolis literary festival held at the Barcelona Centre or Contemporary Culture on 22-26 March 2017.
During their visit, they will give public readings as part of the festival programme, meet local publishers, agents and literary event organisers, and receive professional advice on how to develop an international literary career.
The New Voices from Europe selection is part of the Literary Europe Live project which is co-ordinated by Literature Across Frontiers and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, with support from Arts Council Wales.
Read more about New Voices from Europe 2017:
- Andrei Dósa – Romanian poet and translator of Hungarian literature
- Arvis Viguls – Latvian poet, literary critic and translator
- Asja Bakić – Bosnian writer, poet and co-editor of a feminist webzine
- Bronka Nowicka – Polish poet and multimedia artist
- Charlotte Van den Broeck – Belgian poet, live performer and columnist
- Llŷr Gwyn Lewis – Welsh-language prose writer and poet
- Manuel Astur – Spanish fiction writer, poet, journalist and music producer
- Nathalie Ronvaux – Playwright and poet from Luxembourg writing in French
- Sophie Divry – French novelist, journalist and social activist
- Steinunn G. Helgadóttir – Icelandic visual artist turned poet and novelist