One night – many experiences: public readings of contemporary literature performed by well known personalities at attractive and unusual venues in cities across Europe.


European Literature Night builds on the concept of literature being a unique creative medium which embraces the voices of individuals along with the values of the society they live in. The umbrella project “European Literature Nights 2012 – 2014” aims to bring contemporary European literature to the general public in an innovative way through a series of public readings and accompanying events. Supported by a grant from the Culture Programme of the European Union, the project partners hope to deliver high level of impact to their audiences. Although it is Brno, Bucharest, Dublin, Lisbon, Vilnius, Prague and Wroclaw who are jointly co-organizing the project “ELN 2012 – 2014”, the other partner cities where Literature Night already took root are of no lesser importance for the event’s development.

partner cities

The highlighted cities are the main organizers of the project "European Literature Nights 2012 - 2014":

European Literature Night Edinburgh
Wednesday 15th May, 7pm
Free, all welcome

Edinburgh will celebrate European Literature Night for the second year with a smorgasbord of European writers, stories and chat. 

This year, with the support of the Czech Centre, we're excited to welcome Czech writer Martin Reiner to talk about his story ‘Angel of Destruction’, among other things. We'll also be joined by Kapka Kassabova, novelist, poet and travel writer who was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, lived in New Zealand and travelled extensively. She now lives in Scotland. And Anikó Szilágyi, a translator and PhD student at the University of Glasgow. Her Hungarian translation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will be published later this year by Evertype. There will be readings and conversation, and the opportunity to borrow from the Itinerant Poetry Librarian and her travelling library of European poetry delights.

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