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

Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante is a pseudonym of a woman (or male?) writer from Naples. Nobody knows her true identity, although it has been subject of many speculations. Elena Ferrante does not collect prizes even though she has won several awards for her work. Two of her books were adapted for screen. Typical heroes of her novels are primarily strong female characters who try to come to terms with their own personality, their past and complex relations oscillating between love and hate.