This month I’m treating you to a whole ‘package’ of European literary experiences from our annual ‘ELit European Literature Days’ in Spitz on the Danube in Austria. Thank you to our ELit partners and to everyone who contributed to a fascinating few days debating the hottest trends, books, translations and ideas in Europe. I had the great honour of being one of the main moderators during those few days, and was particularly proud to introduce ELit’s keynote speaker, the Scottish writer A.L. Kennedy.
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So here, exclusively for you, is my November ELit gift package, a selection of events, debates, blogs and photos from our annual ELit European literature gathering in Austria, consisting also of my notes on literary trends in Europe and a transcript and audio podcast of the brilliant lecture by author A.L. Kennedy.
Photos Flickr album
A.L. Kennedy’s lecture with introduction and response
A.L. Kennedy’s lecture podcast
Literary Trends panel notes
Some of the ELit European Literature Days 2015 blogs:
Day One – Struggling with Parallel Worlds by Laszlo Szabolcs
With Iman Humaydan in Melk by Peter Zimmermann
Day Two – Celebrating and Questioning the Concepts We Use by Laszlo Szabolcs
The awkward subject of commitment by Peter Zimmermann
Day Three – The Digital “East” and “West” by Laszlo Szabolcs
Trends, Bullshit and Recognition by Peter Zimmermann
Do check out the website of our Austrian ELit partners:
Do read ‘Art is Stronger than Propaganda’ by journalist and author Anthony Gardner in The Economist’s ‘Intelligent Life’ magazine. Anthony attended ELit Literature Days.
A FEW OF MY UK HIGHLIGHTS FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER:
4th-7th Nov: SILK Literature Festival in Norway:
20th Nov: mini festival of European Poetry:
27th Nov: focus on writer Rui Zink at the Portuguese Embassy.
Read more about Rui Zink here:
2nd December: Fashion & Fiction with Jung Chang @V&A:
And see our fabulous multimedia SWISS BOOKS SPECIAL + feature interview with Norwich Writers’ Centre CEO Chris Gribble: