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14 Mar 2005 00:00 - 00:00

Central Europe at the London Book Fair

London Book Fair is the only truly international and the largest publishing networking forum in Europe.


7pm Debate

Central European Literature in the United Kingom

Panel debate with Alexandra Büchler (Literature Across Frontiers), Angela Jarman (Arc Publications), Dana Kalinová (BookWorld Prague), Tomasz Pindel (Polish Book Institut – Instytut Książki) and  Dorota Malinowska – Grupińska (Polish Chamber of Books)


8pm Poetry Reading

Agnieszka Kuciak (Poland), Katarína Kucbelová (Slovakia) and Kateřina Rudčenková (Czech Republic) - three poets featured in an anthology of  young poetry from Eastern Europe.




A Fine Line: New Poetry from Eastern & Central Europe is published by Arc Publications as a joint project with the UK-based international organisation Literature Across Frontiers. The anthology, with a foreword by Václav Havel, brings together the best of poetic talent from ten Eastern European countries, eight of which joined the EU in May. Poland is represented by the works of Edward Pasewicz and Agnieszka Kuciak.



Katarína Kucbelová was born in 1979 in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, and studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Bratislava, where she obtained an MA in screen writing. Two of her screenplays have been made into short films, one of which she directed, and her first collection of poetry Duály (Duals) was published in 2003. Her work – poetry, prose and film reviews – has appeared in a number of Czech, Slovak and Hungarian literary magazines. She is currently working as script editor.


Agnieszka Kuciak lives in Poznań and lectures on Polish literature of the Romantic era and the works of Dante. She is known for her translations from Italian and has published a new edition of Dante’s Inferno and a collection of sonnets by Petrarch. Her first collection of poems Retardacja (Retardation), 2001, is considered the most outstanding Polish poetry debut of the past decade. Characterised by wit, irony and humour reminiscent of Wisława Szymborska’s work, it represents the “Polish school of poetry” in its concern with existential issues and human experience.


Kateřina Rudčenková was born in Prague in 1976. She studied at the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory and at the Faculty of Economics and Management in Prague. Since 1998 she has published poetry in Czech dailies and literary magazines. She is editor of the cultural internet magazine Dobrá adresa. Her first collection Ludwig was published to general acclaim in 1999. Her second book Není nutné, abyste me navštěvoval (No need for you to visit me) came out in 2002, and Noci, noci (Nights, nights) in 2004. A bilingual book of her poetry Nicht nötig, mich zu besuchen was published by Wieser Verlag in Austria in 2002. Kateřina Rudčenková lives in Prague.



The readings and debate are organised in cooperation with Literature Across Frontiers, Arc Publications, the BookWorld Prague - International Book Fair, Polish Cultural Institute in London , Ars Polona S.A., and with the kind support of  the Czech Ministry of Culture, Slovak Literary Information Centre, Polish Chamber of Books and Polish Book Institute and the Czech Centre.



Event within the project “ Visegrad Countries Literary Presentation – A Major Focus on Young Literary Presentation” with financial support of International Visegrad Fund.



30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


14 Mar 2005 00:00 - 00:00



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