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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Julian Barnes

Julian (Patrick) Barnes (1946) is a British experimental prose writer and essayist, as well as an author of detective novels, which he publishes under the pen name of Dan Kavanagh. He comes from a family of teachers of French from whom he inherited an ardent relationship to France. In return, Mr Barnes is one of the most favourite and recognized English-language authors in that country. The novel Flaubert's Parrot from 1984 (Czech translation 1996) is considered to be the highlight of his work. As its title suggests, it is a brilliant homage to the classical French novelist and his immortal Madame Bovary.

PHOTO © ČTKAP Kathy Willens, 2006