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Balkan Day – A Celebration of Creativity and Identity - A British Library Seminar

Ethnographical map reproduced from the “Balkan Peninsula” by Jovan Cvijić 1920

When: Fri 13 Jun 2014, 10.30-17.30

Where: Conference Centre, Eliot Room

Price: Free, booking essential

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This event promotes the Balkan region from the perspective of its literary and cultural achievements, and widens the knowledge of our shared European heritage, especially in the centenary year of the start of World War One. By bringing together some of most prominent Balkan writers, as well as British academics and commentators who have a long-standing relationship with the region, we hope to stimulate discussion and interest, as well as provide a counter-balance to the negative perceptions sometimes promoted in the UK media. 

Featuring: Dubravka Ugrešić, Vladislav Bajac, Igor Štiks, Andrej Nikolaidis, Muharem Bazdulj, Dragan Kujundžić, Christina Pribicevic-Zoric and Alex Drace-Francis. With special literary afternoon events: ‘Balkanisation: the pick of recent Balkan fiction in English’ with Rosie Goldsmith and the UK launch of the Wasafiri Literary Magazine special Balkan edition, with guest editor Professor Vesna Goldsworthy

This event is a unique collaboration between the British Library and UK publisher of writing from the region in translation, Istros Books. Part of the ‘Best of the Balkans’ project, initiated by Istros Books and the British Library, and partly funded by the Arts Council, England.

Programme for this event (PDF format)