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FREE - Romanian Literature: A European Topos

Hosted by the Consul of the London City Trotters Group
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Tue 12 Mar 19:00 - 21:00

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In continuation of attending exclusive events at different Embassies and Cultural Institutes, Protected content and they have kindly allowed to invite my friends to this flagship literary event.

This event is part of Romanian participation in London Book Fair Protected content .
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For the flagship event in their programme, an evening of invigorating conversations and exquisite prose, Romania’s European Union Prize for Literature laureates take centre stage. Celebrated authors Ioana Pârvulescu and Claudiu Florian, winners of the EUPL Prize, will be reflecting on writing in a new Europe and the borderless imagination in the company of revered British author Paul Bailey, a refined connoisseur of Romanian literature and culture at large. The conversation, chaired by former BBC journalist Rosie Goldsmith, director of the European Literature Network, will be illustrated by readings from the awarded writings - Ioana Pârvulescu’s novel Life Begins on Friday and the short story A Voice, as well as Claudiu Florian’s The Ages of the Game. Citadel Street.

Ioana Pârvulescu was born in Braşov in Protected content . She graduated from the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest, establishing herself as a distinct voice within Romania’s literary circles, and currently works as Professor of modern literature at the same faculty. She has coordinated the series Cartea de pe noptieră (Bedside Book) at Humanitas Publishing House, worked as an editor at the literary journal România literară, and has also translated from French and German (Maurice Nadeau, Angelus Silesius, Rainer Maria Rilke, Milan Kundera, Saint-Exupéry and Asterix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo). Ioana Pârvulescu is the author of three bestselling novels: ‘Life Begins on Friday’ Protected content , ‘The Future Begins on Monday’ Protected content her latest, ‘The Innocents’ Protected content . She received the Protected content Union Prize for Literature for ‘Life Begins on Friday’ and, in Protected content , the Jury Prize for the short story ‘A Voice’.

Claudiu M. Florian was born in Rupea, central Romania, in Protected content . He received a degree in German Studies at Bucharest University in Protected content , an MA in Humanistic Interdisciplinary Studies in German at Bucharest University in Protected content , and another Master’s degree in Contemporary History at Bielefeld University in Germany. From Protected content , he joined Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and functioned as Cultural and Press Attaché at the Romanian Embassy in Berlin between Protected content . Between Protected content held a similar role at the Romanian Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. In Protected content joined the Romanian Cultural Institute in Berlin. He is the recipient of the Protected content Union Literature Prize for the novel 'The Ages of the Game. Citadel Street', published by Cartea Românească.

Paul Bailey, a great friend of Romania, which sometimes forms the source of inspiration for his prose, is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He was awarded the E.M. Forster Award in Protected content in Protected content won the George Orwell Prize for his essay 'The Limitations of Despair', first published in The Listener magazine. His novels include ‘At the Jerusalem’ Protected content , which won a Somerset Maugham Award and an Arts Council Writers' Award; ‘Peter Smart's Confessions’ Protected content ‘Gabriel's Lament’ Protected content , both shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction; and ‘Sugar Cane’ Protected content , a sequel to Gabriel's Lament. His latest books are ‘Chapman's Odyssey’ Protected content ‘The Prince's Boy’ Protected content .

Rosie Goldsmith is an award-winning journalist specializing in arts and current affairs, in the UK and abroad. In 20 years at the BBC she travelled the world and presented flagship BBC programmes Front Row and Crossing Continents. Today she combines journalism with chairing and running events and festivals in Britain and overseas and works closely with many leading cultural organisations. Known in the UK as a champion of international literature, translation and language learning, she promotes them whenever she can.

Event will be followed by exclusive Romanian wine reception.
Protected content s team. Dress code is smart casual and do enjoy wearing your best outfit, considering nature of the event and venue. ******

I look forward seeing you there !

Faisal - Honorary Group Consul (London City Trotters)