Slovak Lit in the UK

With the anniversary of the events of 1989 upon us there will be a series of events revolving around contemporary Slovak writing taking place in the UK. Presented under the banner ‘Raising the Velvet Curtain:A journey through contemporary SLOVAK arts’ a series of writers and publications will be presented by translator Julia Sherwood as well as various organizations from Oct 22 – Nov 29 in Manchester, Oxford, London and Cambridge.

The program includes talks and discussions with award-winning writers and filmmakers, a one-day conference, as well theater and dance. It’s also being done in conjunction with the launch of the website, that will serve as a portal for everything on Slovak lit in English, including reviews, interviews, and other resources.

Some of the writers participating in the events include:

Literalab-favorite Uršuľa Kovalyk, whose story collection The Night Circus was published by Parthian Books in April of this year and whose novel The Equestrienne came out with the same publisher in 2017. Look for a review of Kovalyk’s work in B O D Y’s own forthcoming 1989 commemorative short story special issue.

Balla, whose novel Big Love was published by Jantar Press on Oct 22. Jantar also published Balla’s In the Name of the Father in 2017. Read an excerpt of his previous novel in B O D Y here.

Ivana Dobrakovová, whose novel Bellevue was published by Jantar Press on Oct 22.

All of the above authors have work in the anthology of Slovak writing Into The Spotlight, reviewed on B O D Y here.

Other participants include writer Zuzana Kepplová, actor/director Tereza Nvotová, writer/director Sláva Daubnerová and dancer/choreographer Soňa Ferienčíková.

For a full program of events go here or go to to book tickets.

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