European Literature Night 2018

In Bucharest it is one hour later than in Amsterdam, Berlin or Prague, where it’s an hour later than in London, where it’s three hours earlier than in Istanbul – or no, maybe two, depending on summer or winter. High time, in any case, for Europe to tell us what time it is. During European Literature Night, a dozen authors from across the continent will write and tell Time: an evening of stories, poetry and cinema, moderated by Guido Snel, writer and lecturer in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

With cooperation of The One Minutes.

In the context of Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 the Night of the European Literature also takes place in Leeuwarden.

European Literature Night is organized by EUNIC, the network of European national institutes of culture and national bodies engaged in cultural activities, and was made possible by the European Commission.

Who are the authors?

The authors are: Marius Burokas (Lithuania), Jan Carson (United Kingdom), Robert G. Elekes (Romania), Kostas Gouliamos (Cyprus), Dana Grigorcea (Switzerland), Çiler İlhan (Turkey), Mustafa Kör (Flanders), Elmar Kuiper (Friesland, only participating in Leeuwarden), Svealena Kutschke (Germany), Marije Langelaar (Netherlands), Giorgio Montefoschi (Italy), Jaroslav Rudiš (Czech Republic)

Mustafa Kör was born in the Anatolian city of Konya. He is a writer and poet known for his debut novel De Lammeren (The Lambs). In 2008, Kör was poet laureate of the city of Genk in Limburg. His work has won the biannual cultural award of Maasmechelen, the El Hizjra Literature Prize and the Groene Waterman Audience Award. His poetry debut Ben jij liefde (Are You Love) received high praise and a nomination for the 2017 Theatre aan Zee Debut Prize. “Kör dances and juggles with language, makes it his own, lets it shine and sparkle.” – Poëziekrant

Kostas Gouliamos, PhD, is an elected Rector of the European University Cyprus. He is also a poet, essayist and a literary critic. His research interests include the domains of politics, culture (poetics and arts), media and communication. Since 1980, he has written extensively, including poetry collections, books, chapters and papers on issues pertinent to media, culture, poetics, communication and politics, with a critical perspective and approach. Gouliamos is a member of the Hellenic Authors’ Society. He has published five volumes of poetry, some of which has been included in national and international anthologies and translated into English, French and Italian. 

Born in 1972, Çiler İlhan studied International Relations and Political Science at Bosphorus University; and then Hotel Management at the Glion Hotel School in Switzerland. She has worked in fields of hotel management, marketing/communications, and magazine publishing (as editor/writer). A member of Turkish and Dutch PEN, İlhan is currently working on her novel.

Jan Carson is based in Belfast. Recent works include the novel Malcolm Orange Disappears (Liberties Press, 2014), the short story collection Children’s Children (Liberties Press, 2016) and a microfiction collection, Postcard Stories (Emma Press, 2017). She recently signed a three-book deal with Doubleday, with a novel forthcoming in early 2019. Carson’s stories have aired on BBC Radio 4 and most recently on Radio 3 (read by Liam Neeson). Her work has appeared in journals like Banshee, Harper’s Bazaar and The Honest Ulsterman. Currently, she’s the Roaming Writer in Residence on Translink Trains throughout Ireland for the Irish Writers’ Centre Dublin.

Marius Burokas is a poet, writer, translator and editor-in-chief of the Vilnius Review. As master of paradox, he can both shock and entertain in a single line. His recent book, of clean being (švaraus buvimo), was published in 2018. Parthian books will soon publish his book of selected English poetry, Now I Understand. His work has won a number of awards, including The Young Yotvingian literary prize, and been published in eight further languages. Burokas has translated the poetry of Charles Simic, Walter S. Merwin, William Carlos Williams, Charles Bukowski, Ted Hughes and Alan Ginsberg. He lives in Vilnius.

Marije Langelaar is a Dutch poet. Her second collection, De schuur in (Into the Shed, 2009) won the biennial Hugues C. Pernath Prize and nominations for the Jo Peters Poetry Prize and J.C. Bloem Prize. Her latest collection Vonkt (It Sparks) won the 2017 Jan Campert Prize, the Awater Poetry Prize and a nomination for the 2018 VSB Poetry Prize. Langelaar gives expression to the natural forces between people and between people and their environment – exchanges that are far from idyllic. In her vital, sometimes surrealist poems, a fairytale quality verges on grimness as she navigates through the miraculous and the doubtful.

Elmar Kuiper is a trained psychiatric nurse, visual artist and poet, as well as a performer and singer of the postpunk/new wave band Tigers fan Greonterp. He has published seven poetry collections. Hertbyt (2004) received a nomination for the Fedde Schurer Prize for debuting Frisian writers. Then followed Ut namme fan mysels (2006), Hechtzwaluwen (2010, nomination Cees Buddingh Prize), Granytglimkes (2011), Hiemsiik (2015), Ruimtedier (2016, nomination JC Bloem Prize and shortlist Piter Jelles Prize) and Stienkeal (2018). His sensitive poems have been translated into English, French, German and Portuguese and chosen for anthologies.

Giorgio Montefoschi is a writer, literary critic and translator. He has written sixteen novels, many of which are set in his native city of Rome. In 1994 he won the Premio Strega, Italy’s most important literary prize, with La casa del padre. He wrote his graduate thesis on writer Elsa Morante, worked for the Corriere della Sera newspaper and made cultural programs for the Italian public broadcaster RAI. His latest novel, Il buio dell’India, is an essayistic travelogue about a fascinating country and its veiled light.

Dana Grigorcea is a Swiss-Romanian writer and philologist, born in Bucharest and living in Zürich.  She studied philology, theatre and film direction, and journalism in Romania, Belgium and Austria. After an early journalism career she made her literary debut with Baba Rada (2011), followed by the award-winning Das primäre Gefühl der Schuldosigkeit (The Fundamental Feeling of Innocence, 2015) and Die Dame mit dem maghrebinischen Hündchen (the Lady with the Mahgrebian Lapdog, 2018). She also writes children’s books as well as essays and columns for newspapers and magazines, and frequently travels in Europe and abroad to give readings and lectures.

Jaroslav Rudiš is a writer, musician, artist, playwright and journalist. He studied German language and literature, history and journalism at the Technical University Liberec, the Charles University Prague and the Free University Berlin. He broke through with his debut, Nebe pod Berlínem (The sky under Berlin, 2000), in both the Czech Republic and Germany. The Dutch translation his latest novel, Het volk boven, was recently published, following Het einde van de punk in Helsinki in 2016. Rudiš writes in both Czech and German, and was the first non-native German speaker to be awarded the prestigious Preis de Literaturhäuser

Born in Lübeck and now living in Berlin, Svealena Kutschke completed an academic degree in cultural studies and aesthetic practice. After her literary debut in 2009, she received several scholarships and completed writing residencies from the Goethe-Institut in China, Poland and Croatia. She publishes regularly in magazines and anthologies. Her latest novel, Stadt aus Rauch (City of Smoke) has been released in Dutch translation by Atlas Contact with the title Een stad, het meisje en de duivel. It interweaves 20t- century German history with a family saga, and is furthermore a declaration of love to her hometown.

Robert G. Elekes was born into a multiethnic family in Brașov, Romania. He currently teaches literary and translation studies at the Transilvania University of Brașov. He published his first poem, “Speologia Sinelui,” (Speleology of Self) in 2012. His first poetry volume, aici îmi iau dinții-n spinare și adio (here i sink my teeth into my spine and i’m off, 2015) was awarded the Mihai Eminescu Opus Pimum National Poetry Prize, the Iustin Panța National Poetry Debut Prize and the Debut Prize of the Romanian Writers' Union. He is the founder and coordinator of the poetry festival Dactăr Nicu’s Skyzoid Poets.

The One Minutes presents: Europe in a day.

Dawn in Bucharest, minutes pass by in Istanbul, Amsterdam, London, Kaliningrad. The light shifts, the day grows longer, faces in Berlin, Zurich, Rome, Trieste, Lisbon. A day in the life of European cities.