PEN Atlas: Telling Europe’s stories by Jon Slack

On the morning of Friday 24 June 2016, the UK awoke to the news that it had collectively decided to leave the European Union. In London, where campaigns to form a breakaway republic would soon appear on social media walls, people found themselves muttering This Was Not Supposed To Happen, to no one in particular.

One of the only emails to come in that day was from Mark Banting, Waterstones’ one-man-events-band champion of translated literature. His message was a rallying cry ‘to celebrate Europe’s past, present and future’…

Read the whole text at PEN Atlas here.


Jon Slack is the creative producer for the European Literature Festival, a EUNIC London project co-ordinated with the support of Czech Centre London and the European Commission Representation in the UK. If you would like to be involved in the festival initiatives please get in touch with Jon directly via, or on Twitter @jonslack.

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