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.

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Dinis Machado

Dinis Machado (1930–2008), a journalist, prosaist and screenwriter, son of a soccer referee and composer of Portuguese songs in the fado style, spent his childhood and youth in one of the most typical quarters of Lisbon, the Bairro Alto. He did not go to high school, he loved cinema, particularly American adventure films, and he himself wrote screenplays for several TV series. He started his journalism career as a sports journalist. Under the pseudonym of Dennis McShade he wrote four successful and original detective novels. He also translated from French and English.