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LONDON BOOK FAIR 2018 EVENTS CALENDAR (APRIL 7 - 14) /PDF/

December

7–10 December

Translators' Meetup

Riga is to host a meetup for literary translators translating into Lithuanian, Estonian, Finnish, German, English, Japanese, Hungarian, French, Croatian, Czech, Italian, and Armenian. The translators will be sharing their fresh insights about literature, the translation process, as well as meeting with the book industry representatives, authors and publishers.

 

7 December 7pm

Poetry for Preservation

Participating: Livonian poet and academic Valts Ernstreits

Consider how poetry can play a role in the preservation of language and culture at a reading and Q&A session with Livonian and Shetlandic poets.

Livonian is a Finnic language spoken by just over 20 people in Latvia and listed by UNESCO as critically endangered. Despite being much more widely known, and having a rich poetic tradition, Shetlandic language remains vulnerable.

This evening brings together Livonian poet and academic Valts Ernstreits, poet and translator Ryan Van Winkle, and Shetlandic poet Roseanne Watt in discussion and performance. The event is supported by Latvian Literature.

Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Cl, Edinburgh EH8 8DT, Royaume-Uni

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5 December 8pm

Poetry for Preservation

Participating: Livonian poet and academic Valts Ernstreits

Consider how poetry can play a role in the preservation of language and culture at a reading and Q&A session with Livonian and Scots poets.

Southbank Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

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November

29 October–4 November

Poetry Translation Workshop in Riga

Participants: Lauris Veips (LV), Elvīra Bloma (LV), Raimonds Ķirķis (LV), Ausma Perons (LV), Tessa Berring (UK), Patrick James Errington (UK), Samuel Tongue (UK) and Roseanne Wat (UK). Moderator: Ryan Van Winkle.

The workshop is supported by the British Council UK.

Nice Place TELPA, Krišjāna Barona iela 21, Rīga, LV-1011

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8 November 2pm-6pm

Conversations on Book Design and Publishing

Riga will be hosting its fourth conference on book design and publishing. This time the conference will focus on various tools book publishers, sellers, designers and artists use in their day-to-day work.

Nice Place, Kr.Barona street 21a, Rīga, LV - 1011

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16–19 November

International Media Visit, Riga

Journalists from "Der Tagesspiegel" (Germany), "Buchhandel" (Switzerland), "Frankfurter Allgemeine" (Germany), and a freelance reporter writing for "Financial Times" and "The Economist" (UK), among others, will be visiting Riga to learn more about the contemporary Latvian literature and children's books, meet writers, illustrators and publishers, tour the city of Riga, etc. The visit is supported by the Latvian Institute.

 

23 November 11:50 am

“Contemporary Literature and Gender”, European Literature festival

Participating: Nora Ikstena

Europa House, 4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, 106-0047 Tokyo

 

30 November 4 pm

"Latvia's best picture books in Berlin"

Participants: Alīse Nīgale

Never seen Liels un Mazs books from Latvia? You have this once chance of meeting publisher Alīse Nīgale and let her tell stories about her outstanding publishing house in Riga.

Mundo Azul, Choriner Str. 49, 10435, Berlin

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30 November 5:30 pm

"Children's Literature from Latvia"

Participants: Inese Zandere, Ūna Laukmane

Readings, animated film from the series "Shammies" and creative workshop with the artist Ūna Laukmane.

OstPost, Choriner Str. 84, 10119, Berlin

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October

9 - 13 October

The Americas poetry festival of New York 2018

Participating Latvian poet Inga Pizāne

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10 - 14 October

Frankfurt Book Fair Hall 5.0, stand B79 (National stand of Latvia)

 

11 October 10am

Children's literature from Baltics

Participating Latvian publishing house "Liels un mazs" director Alīse Nīgale

Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt Kids, Foyer 5.1/6.1

 

11 October 5pm

Iamintrovert Happy Hour at the Latvian stand B79

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13 October @7.30 pm

The European Poetry Festival

Participating Latvian poet Krišjānis Zeļģis

Brand new collaborative performances from some of Europe's most exciting European poets, with works made especially for the night, celebrating the possibilities of contemporary avant-garde and literary poetry. This special Camarade, an interim event for the wider European Poetry Festival, will be a remarkable night of live poetry and experimentation that brings poets from 20 European nations together in London.

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA, London

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14 October @4pm

Durham Book Festival, The Art of Translation

Participating Latvian writer Pauls Bankovskis

Join a trio of international authors for a fascinating discussion. Pauls Bankovskis is an award-winning Latvian writer, whose work ranges from Latvian history to the realities of its recent Soviet past, and the possibilities for the future. His latest novel is 18.

Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery), Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ, United Kingdom

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15 October @7pm

Manchester Literature Festival

Participating Latvian writers Dace Rukšāne, Svens Kuzmins

The Book of Riga. An 800-year-old city with a century’s status as capital of an independent Latvia provides an interesting cultural history for its writers. The stories gathered in The Book of Riga, published by Manchester’s Comma Press, chronicle Riga’s growth and on-going transformation, and offer glimpses into the dark humour, rich history, contrasting perspectives, and love of the mythic, that sets the city’s artistic community apart. 

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, The Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY, United Kingdom

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16 October

Burton-on-Trent Library and Newcastle under Lyme Library

Participating Latvian writer Ieva Flamingo

Poetry worshop and reading to children, private school events.

 

19 October @7pm

Halesworth Arts Festival, Suffolk Young Poets Parade

Participating Latvian writer Ieva Flamingo and translator Richard O`Brien

A prolific and prize-winning children’s poet, Ieva’s first UK publication The Noisy Classroom celebrates the highs and lows of childhood and the universal rituals, trials and triumphs of school life. Ieva is an engagingly mischievous performer, ably supported by her translator Richard O’Brien. This will be the first time that a poet in translation stars as the headline guest reader at the Suffolk Young Poets Parade.

The Cut Arts Centre, New Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY, United Kingdom

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29 October–4 November

Poetry Translation Workshop in Riga

Participants: Lauris Veips (LV), Elvīra Bloma (LV), Raimonds Ķirķis (LV), Ausma Perons (LV), Tessa Berring (UK), Patrick James Errington (UK), Samuel Tongue (UK) and Roseanne Wat (UK). Moderator: Ryan Van Winkle.

The workshop is supported by the British Council UK.

Nice Place TELPA, Krišjāna Barona iela 21, Rīga, LV-1011

September

8 September

Another Story Festival, Skopje, Macedonia 

Participating Latvian writer Inga Žolude

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11 September @7.45

The Festival of the Centennial Nations’ Capitals

Participating Latvian writer Inga Gaile

Grădina, Muzeului Național al Literaturii Române (Nicolae Crețulescu 8), Bucharest, Romania

12 September

Aulă Biblioteca Centrală Universitară „Carol I" (Calea Victoriei 88), Bucharest, Romania

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August

25 August @ 5 PM

The Edinburgh International Book Festival 

Participating Latvian writer Kristīne Ulberga

Audacity and invention are at the core of Will Eaves's and Kristīne Ulberga’s work and this event reveals two writers taking the contemporary novel in new directions. Eaves’s latest, Murmur, takes its cue from the real-life chemical castration of Alan Turing. Ulberga’s The Green Crow has led to comparisons with Michel Houellebecq as she explores a woman battling for freedom from incarceration and hallucinations.

Writers Retreat, Edinburgh International Book Festival ​​​​​​,​Charlotte Square in the centre of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh

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July

7 July @ 11am

Bradford Literature festival: Children's storytelling event. Queen of Seagulls

Participating Latvian illustrator Rūta Briede

Angry, irritable Renata is on a journey of self-discovery. People see her as a run-of-the-mill grumpy neighbour, but clues emerge about a life she has forgotten. What are the seagulls trying to tell her? What is the meaning of the accordion player's mysterious song? Will Renata remember who she really is?

City Hall, Centenary Square, BD1 1HY, Bradford, West Yorkshire

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8 July @ 12pm

Reading at DVF Latvian House

Participating Latvian illustrator Rūta Briede

Free entry

5 Clifton Villas, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 7BY

 

July @ 09:30am

Reading KS2 assembly for 120 children

Horninglow Primary School Horninglow Road North, Burton-On-Trent DE13 0SW

Private school event

 

9 July @ 11am  

Reading 60 x Year 2 children

Scientia Academy Mona Road, Burton Upon Trent DE13 0UF

Private School event

 

10 July @ 10:30am

Reading for children

Rykneld Primary, Main Street, Branston, Burton-On-Trent DE14 3EX

Private school event

 

10 July @ 1pm

Reading for children

Victoria Community School Victoria Road, Burton-On-Trent DE14 2LU

 July @ 09:30am

Reading KS2 assembly for 120 children

Horninglow Primary School Horninglow Road North, Burton-On-Trent DE13 0SW

Private school event

 

9 July @ 11am  

Reading 60 x Year 2 children

Scientia Academy Mona Road, Burton Upon Trent DE13 0UF

Private School event

 

10 July @ 10:30am

Reading for children

Rykneld Primary, Main Street, Branston, Burton-On-Trent DE14 3EX

Private school event

 

10 July @ 1pm

Reading for children

Victoria Community School Victoria Road, Burton-On-Trent DE14 2LU

Private school event

 

14 July @ 12pm

Reading and workshop

Participating Latvian illustrator Rūta Briede

Birmingham Children Library, Centenary Square, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2ND

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22 July until 28 July

Summer School 2017

Participating Latvian writer Inga Ābele and translators Christopher Moseley, Ieva Lakute and Terēze Svilāne

British Centre for Literary Translation, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, Norwich, UK

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June

June 1 @ 10.30 am

Book of Clouds reading and workshop 

Latvian writers participating: Juris Kronbergs

Join award-winning poet Juris Kronbergs and award-winning poet and translator Richard O’Brien as they read poems from the book and lead a fun creative workshop to get you writing your own cloud poems. Where do clouds go on holiday? What do clouds eat for breakfast? How many types of cloud can you name? Come along on Friday 1 st June and let your imagination fly!

25 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, SE24 9JU, London 

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June 1 @ 3 pm

The Book of Clouds: Children’s Poetry Workshop

Latvian writers participating: Juris Kronbergs

Join award-winning poet Juris Kronbergs and award-winning poet and translator Richard O’Brien as they read poems from the book and lead a fun creative workshop to get you writing your own cloud poems. Where do clouds go on holiday? What do clouds eat for breakfast? How many types of cloud can you name? Come along on Friday 1 st June and let your imagination fly!

The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, WC2H 9BX London

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June 2 @ 2 - 3:30 pm

I Was Born with Two Tongues: Poetry as a Tool for Livonian Cultural Revival

Latvian writers participating: Valts Ernštreits, Uldis Balodis (translator)

In spring 2018, the bilingual anthology Trillium will be published in English and Livonian featuring the work of these three poets and celebrating the centennial of Latvia’s independence as well as its guest nation status at the London Book Fair. The round table will introduce its participants to Livonian history from ancient to modern times as well as present Trillium along with readings of poems in both Livonian and English by its authors and translators. This will also be an opportunity to discuss new perspectives for Livonian language and literature.

History Corner, Stanford University, California, USA (450 Serra Mall, Building 200), 015

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June 5 @ 11 am

The Book of Clouds

Latvian writers participating: Juris Kronbergs

Juris Kronbergs, author of The Book of Clouds, and translator Richard O'Brien will be performing poems from the book for Rhymetime at Coventry Central Library. Suitable for ages 0-4.

Central Library, Smithford Way, CV1 1FY, Coventry

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June 7 @ 7.30 pm

Latvian poet Krišjānis Zeļģis will read poems from his recently translated poetry collection 'Beasts' (Parthian Baltic, 2018). Also features guests Elizabeth Parker reading from her debut poetry collection, 'In Her Shambles' (Seren 2018), and Poet/Novelist Christopher Meredith reading from his new short story collection, 'Brief Lives' (Seren 2018). Plus open mic.

Latvian writers participating: Krišjānis Zeļģis

£2.50 (on the door)

Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE, UK

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June 9 @ 4.30

Poetry at the Pound - An afternoon of new poetry with Kate North, Mari Ellis Dunning, Natalie Ann Holborow, Rhys Owain Williams, Susie Wild, and Krišjānis Zeļģis.

Latvian writers participating: Krišjānis Zeļģis

Llansteffan festival, Glyn Jones Centre, Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, CF10 5AL, Cardiff

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May

6 May @12pm, @14.30

Bicki-Buck Books exhibition and Screen Printing Workshops

To celebrate the opening of the Latvian Bicki-Buck Books exhibition, you are welcome to attend the screen printing sessions for families. Enjoy a story and find out more about screen printing and illustration.

The Story Museum, Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP

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22 May @ 4 pm

Salon with poets 

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writers Katrīna Rudzīte, Henriks Eliass Zēgners, Inga Pizāne, Eduards Aivars

Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Cl, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

 

23 May @ 7pm

Performance 

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writers Katrīna Rudzīte, Henriks Eliass Zēgners, Inga Pizāne, Eduards Aivars

Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Cl, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

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May 24, 2018 from 7:30 PM -11:30 PM

“International Simmer: Latvia meets Scotland”

Visit Edinburgh Food Studio for a special Latvian edition of a unique collaboration series between food & poetry. Listen to Latvians poets: Katrīna Rudzīte,, Henriks Zēgners, Inga Pizāne, Eduards Aivars and enjoy the meal prepared by Latvian chef Raivo Behmanis who is finding his gourmet inspiration from Latvia's vibrant woodlands.

Edinburgh Food Studio, 158 Dalkeith Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5DX, UK

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May 30, 2018 @ 13 PM

Victor Dixen, Rutendo Tavengerwei, Jenny Valentine, Ene Sepp and Janis Jonevs

Latvian writers participating: Jānis Joņevs

Are themes of childhood and adolescence universal? How are they represented in fiction? Join a panel of YA writers from France, Zimbabwe, Estonia, Latvia and the UK as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of writing children’s and YA novels in their countries. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts Ltd, Drill Hall 25, Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD

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April

7 April @ 7:30pm

European Poetry Festival: The European Camarade

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Sergejs Timofejevs

30 poets in 15 pairs presenting brand new collaborations of literary performance made especially for the night. The Camarade is a way to bring together dozens of European poets to London to collaborate, perform and to build connections that will last for decades.

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

Free entry

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8 April @ 6.00pm

Parthian Baltic poetry launch

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writers Madara GruntmaneEduards Aivars and Krišjānis Zeļģis

An evening of poetry and beer-tasting to kick off London Book Fair 2018 and celebrate the launch of Parthian Baltic, an exciting series of books showcasing the best writing from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Each country's poetry will be accompanied by a sample of its finest beer for a real Baltic sensory treat!

Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB

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8 April @ 7:30pm doors, 8pm start

European Poetry Festival: Performance Literature & Sound Poetry

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Sergejs Timofejevs

European poetry is going through a remarkable renaissance in avant-garde and innovative practise. A series of poets explore the possibilities of performance, liveness, space, time and sound. This event is a unique opportunity to witness first-hand the possibilities of an old art in a new century.

IKLECTIK, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London SE1 7LG

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9 April @ 2:30pm

Reading and a workshop for children by Luīze Pastore

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Luīze Pastore

Award-winning Latvian author Luīze Pastore will be running a workshop and talking about her new book Dog Town. Dog Town is a charming adventure story, full of surprises, wisdom and humour. It is Pastore`s debut in English published by Firefly Press Ltd.

For ages 8-12s

Moon Lane Ink, 300 Stanstead Road, London SE23 1DE

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9 April @ 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Being Baltic: At the crossroads of influence

Latvian writers participating Latvian writer Nora Ikstena

Explore the literary influences of European, Russian and Nordic cultures on contemporary Baltic authors! Three leading Baltic writers - Mihkel Mutt (Estonia), Nora Ikstena (Latvia) and Kristina Sabaliauskaitė (Lithuania) - join the discussion!

Knowledge Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

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10 April – 20 May @ 9.30am - 6.30pm daily

Pop Up Creators Exhibition

Latvian writers participating: Latvian illustrators including Liāna Mihailova, Pauls Rietums, Roberts Rūrāns, Vivianna Marija Staņislavska, Zane Zlemeša, Oskars Pavlovskis

Pop Up Creators is an international exchange of 18 professional illustrators across the UK, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania working with multilingual groups of talented emerging artists. Guided by their mentors, the 150 young artists produced illustrated leporellos, published by Nobrow, Päike Ja Pilv, kuš! and the Vilnius Academy of Arts Publishing House.

Royal Over-Sees League, 5 Park Pl, St. James's, London SW1A 1LR

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10 April @ 10am – 11am

London Book Fair Seminar: Pushing the limits of graphic stories: spotlight on the Pop-Up creators project

Latvian writers participating: Latvian editor and artist Sanita Muižniece (magazine KUŠ!)

Join a panel of artists, mentors, tutors and publishers from the project to discuss their experience of the process and the main outcomes from it. The panel will explore how the innovative and eccentric styles of these young artists push the limits of the genre.

Children's Hub, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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10 April @ 10am – 11am

London Book Fair Seminar: From promotion to pitching seminar

Latvian writers participating: Latvian literary agent Vilis Kasims

This panel explores how publishers choose which books to translate and how literary translators and cultural institutes can influence these choices. The panel will discuss how publishers, translators and cultural institutes can work together – from pitching through editing to promotion.

Literary Translation Centre, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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10 April @ 11:30am – 12.30pm

London Book Fair Seminar: Translating illustrated children's books: the challenges of text and image seminar

Latvian writers participating: Alīse Nīgale, director of the publishing house "Liels un mazs"

In many beloved children's books, text and illustration are inseparable. This poses a range of problems for translators and editors: what to? Join Emma Wright of the Emma Press, alongside Latvian publisher Alīse Nīgale, translation specialist Lawrence Schimel, and picturebook publisher Greet Pauwelijn for a discussion of how to get things across.

Cross-Cultural hub, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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10 April @ 1pm – 2pm

London Book Fair Seminar: Get connected to Baltic books! Publishing markets in the Baltics

Latvian writers participating: Renāte Punka, the president of the Latvian Publishers Association

When looking on the region, a usual question for an outsider is whether you can consider the Baltics as one market, or whether there are three separate markets.

Come and learn about Baltic book markets!

Cross-Cultural hub, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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10 April @ 1pm – 2pm

London Book Fair Seminar: A dialogue between poets: Baltic and UK poets explore memory and history

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Kārlis Vērdiņš

Maarja Kangro (Estonia), Kārlis Vērdiņš (Latvia) - the author of six collections of poetry for adults and children, containing work that is gentle, vivid and intimate as it explores ideas of coming to terms with one’s self and Tomas Venclova (Lithuania) will discuss the political and aesthetic dimension of memory and history alongside British poets and chaired by Ellen Hinsey.

Poets’ Corner, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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10 April @ 4pm - 5pm

British Council Seminar: Revealed or lost in translation: literature from the Baltics

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Kārlis Vērdiņš

How much can be ‘lost’ or ‘revealed’ by translation? And how can we translate different genres such as poetry, folk songs, and dialects? Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian are very different languages, and their idiosyncrasies make them undeniably challenging to translate. Latvian writer Kārlis Vērdiņš and Estonian writer Maarja Kangro discuss their experiences.

Literary Translation Centre, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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10 April @ 7pm

Band Sigma concert "Mythemes"

This year, Latvian indie-rock band "Sigma" is releasing its second album "Mythologies", especially significant for the fact that all song lyrics are written by well-known Latvian poets - Kārlis Vērdiņš, Inese Zandere, Marts Pujāts, Anna Auziņa, Jānis Rokpelnis, Inga Gaile and Uldis Bērziņš. Sigma will be performing songs in Latvian and English to celebrate Latvia’s participation at The London Book Fair 2018 and Latvia's Centenary.

St Ethelburga's, The Nave, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG

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11 April @ 9.15 AM

Literary breakfast with Introvert Latvian writers

Latvian writers participating: Madara Gruntmane, Artis Ostups, Sergej Timofejev

Start your LBF morning with literary discoveries and join us at the Baltic café for networking breakfast! We’ll be sharing some of the new Latvian titles coming out over the year in the UK. It’s a great chance to meet some of our writers and hear more from Latvia about the exciting literary adventures that await you. Breakfast pastries, tea and coffee will be offered.

Baltic Café, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

 

11 April @ 10am - 11am

British Council Seminar: Finding new voices: children's literature from the Baltics

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Luīze Pastore

Each of the Baltic countries has a flourishing children’s book market, previously little known in the UK. This panel discussion explores the publication choices of several UK children’s publishers and introduces the authors / illustrators and the books they have chosen to publish.

Children's Hub, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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11 April @ 11:30am – 12.30pm

London Book Fair Seminar: Promoting reading – experience and ideas in the Baltics

Participating: Silvija Tretjakova, director of the Children's Literature Centre of National Library of Latvia

At the seminar, each of the Baltic countries will present activities for promoting reading that have been designed for different audiences in order to involve them in reading, boost their imagination, and develop a joy for reading in an era of new challenges.

Children's Hub, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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11 April @ 12am – 1pm

London Book Fair Book launch: children's book "Dog Town" by Luīze Pastore

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Luīze Pastore

Award-winning Latvian author`s Luize Pastore's debut in English, published by Firefly Press Ltd..

Wales stand (5C129), London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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11 April 1pm – 1:30pm

PEN Salon: Baltics Author of the Day- Nora Ikstena in conversation with Claire Armitstead

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Nora Ikstena

Guardian journalist Claire Armitstead will be exploring the background of one of the most astonishing Latvian literature voices - Nora Ikstena.

English PEN literary salon, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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11 April @ 2:30pm – 3:30pm

British Council Seminar: Interpreting cultures: Russia, Europe and the West

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Sergejs Timofejevs (Orbita)

Sergejs Timofejevs is a member of the Latvian Russian poetry collective Orbita. Orbita not only creates multimedia poetic work but actively seeks to create dialogues between Russian and Latvian speaking authors. In conversation with Estonian-born Andrei Ivanov and Sasha Dugdale, they will discuss the Russian language, and what it can give an author that other languages cannot, as well as its limitations.

Cross-Cultural hub, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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11 April @ 4pm – 5pm

British Council Seminar: Transformations: women’s writing from the edges

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Nora Ikstena

Nora Ikstena’s novel "Soviet Milk", a Latvian bestseller recently translated into English, looks at the lives of three women – daughter, mother and grandmother – during twenty years of socialist rule. UK writer Alys Conran, who has worked with disadvantaged groups to increase access to creative writing, examines the roles of the voiceless in society and will join Latvian and Lithuanian writer to discuss women’s writing.

Cross-Cultural hub, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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11 April @ 4pm – 5pm

London Book Fair Seminar: Educational Publishing in the Baltics: from Soviet state-sponsored textbooks to digital learning, and teaching materials in 30 years

Latvian writers participating: Sintija Buhanovska, the Head of E-Learning Materials, Publishing house “Zvaigzne ABC”

This year, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are celebrating the centenary of their independence. Independent statehood, however, was in all three countries reinstated short of thirty years ago. The process involved many reforms in all walks of life, education included, and necessitated the introduction of a new educational programme, new curricula, new study materials. In what way has educational publishing developed during these thirty years?

The Faculty, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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11 April @ 4pm – 6pm

Book launch: “Classical Modernism. Early 20th Century Latvian painting” by Dr Dace Lamberga

"Neputns" Publishers art patrons Dina and Jānis Zuzāni (Latvia) and Calvert 22 Foundation invite you to the launch event of the book by art historian Dr Dace Lamberga.

Listen about the art book publishing in Latvia by "Neputns", book launch and drinks reception.

Calvert 22 Foundation, 22 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP

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11 April @ 5pm – 6pm

Book launch: children's book "UciPuci"

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Zane Zuste

Reading from series of "Ucipuci is looking for home" and "Ucipuci thinks outside the box" by Latvian author Zane Zusta. Children will be able to interact in the workshop after the reading.

London Latvian House, 72 Queensborough Terrace, London W2 3SH

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11 April @ 5:15pm – 6:15pm

London Book Fair Seminar: Translator mentorship presentation

Latvian writers participating: Latvian translator Mārta Ziemelis

Writers' Centre Norwich invites you to join us in celebration of the work of our literary translation mentorships programme 2018. Featuring for the first time emerging translators working from Latvian, Lithuanian, Korean and Malayalam, as well as Arabic, Catalan, Greek, Polish and Norwegian, the reception will showcase an impressive array of new talent with publications and presentations.

Literary Translation Centre, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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11 April @ 5:30pm

London Book Fair Seminar: Created in Latvia: writer Imants Ziedonis as a brand of freedom, joy and creativity 

Latvian writers participating: Foundation “Viegli”: Goran Gora, Renārs Kaupers, Žanete Grende, Dace Zariņa

Poet Imants Ziedonis is considered a legendary figure in Latvia. As a young poet during the Soviet occupation, he understood that his calling was to write, so with the power of the word he could preserve and strengthen Latvia’s identity. Readings and events he participated in were always special occasions, with several thousand people in attendance. In order to honour his work, several Latvian celebrities came together to form Viegli Foundation, which embodies his ideas in the form of music, books, concerts, and campaigns.

The Club Room, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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11 April @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Film: Knutification + Q&A with poet Kārlis Vērdiņš and film director Ivars Tontegode

Documentary film about Latvian writer and poet Knuts Skujenieks whose works were published, but forbidden until the fall of the Soviet Union. Since then his works are translated into more than 30 languages, but has only made it into English recently.

Prior the screening, join a discussion with the poet and translator Kārlis Vērdiņš, along with the director of the film Ivars Tontegode. The discussion will be moderated by visual artist and filmmaker Simons Puriņš.

Cine Lumiere, Queensberry Place 17, London SW72

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12 April @ 10am-11am

British Council Seminar: Writing the city: Baltic spaces, British places

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Inga Ābele

What attracts writers to cities, and what is it about a city that inspires writers? Lithuanian author Kristina Sabaliauskaitė joins Latvian poet, prose writer and playwright Inga Ābele. Abele’s work is known for the deep psychological portraits of her characters, and the effect of the space they find themselves in on their narratives. Estonian author Vahni Capildeo attempts to “remake” herself in modern cities. Chaired by Steven Fowler, who works on cross-national poetry collaborations through the Enemies project

Cross-Cultural hub, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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12 April @ 11:30am – 12:30am

London Book Fair Seminar: Presentation of the main literary events and literary residencies in the Baltics

Participating: Juta Pīrāga (platform "Latvian Literature")

Are literary events just about books? What is their purpose? Is it to see our favourite authors on stage, hear them read from their books and engage in conversation? The Baltic countries host a wide range of literary events and speakers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will provide a snapshot of literary activity in the Baltic region – from festivals and book fairs to writing residencies.

High Street Theatre, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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12 April @ 1pm – 2:15pm

London Bok Fair Seminar: Why print your books in the Baltic countries?

Latvian writers participating: Ģirts Karlsons, head of sales, printing house “Jelgavas Tipogrāfija”

Printing industry representatives from all three Baltic countries discuss recent developments in the sector and the mechanisms of coping under new circumstances and new pressures. Discuss why printing in the Baltics offers distinct advantages – affordability, proximity, expertise – and why you should consider it as an option for your future print needs.

Buzz Theatre, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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12 April @ 1pm – 1:30pm

PEN Salon: Inga Abele in conversation with Nicolette Jones

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Inga Ābele

Inga Ābele in conversation with writer, critic and broadcaster Nicolette Jones discuss Ābele’s writing and powerful emotional imagery that she spread through her plays and prose.

English PEN literary salon, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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12 April @ 1pm – 2pm

British Council Seminar: Through a child’s eyes: Baltic and UK perspectives on fiction writing

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writers Nora Ikstena and Luīze Pastore

Claire Armitstead chairs discussion about writing stories from childhood, or from the perspective of a child. Recent novels by Latvian writer Nora Ikstena and Lithuanian author Alvydas Šlepikas have both explored childhoods lived out under oppressive regimes. The writers will discuss the similarities and differences in their work, and the effects of childhood on later life.

Cross-Cultural hub, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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12 April @ 2:30pm – 3:30pm

London Book Fair: How to reheat leftover soup and recycle 4 poetry

Latvian writers participating: Latvian author and director Maira Dobele

M. Dobele presents her project recycling4poetry. It is a series of 12 short films with Latvian poems. When sequenced one after the other, these 12 short films almost by chance grew into an algorithm of life – a life story. The film series is inspired by Latvian poetry and the work of diary filmmakers Philip Hoffman and Dagie Brundert.

Poets' Corner, London Book Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

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12 April @ 7pm – 8pm

Children of History

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Nora Ikstena

Grandparents, mothers, fathers and children – at its heart, the idea of a family should be universal. But in reality, how does a country’s history or identity affect its idea of family? Where do different cultures agree on their views of motherhood, fatherhood and childhood, and where do they differ?

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3GA

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12 April @ 8pm – 9:30pm

World Poets Series

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Kārlis Vērdiņš

Join this one-off event with visiting Baltic poets. The evening will showcase three of the most celebrated poets from the Baltic states, Maarja Kangro (Estonia), Kārlis Vērdiņš (Latvia) and Tomas Venclova (Lithuania). The poets read from their work and discuss the poetry scene in their respective countries.

National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX

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13 April @ 2pm – 4pm

Story Cafe: Baltic writers

Latvian writers participating: Latvian Writer Inga Ābele

Discover the joy of being read at the legendary lunchtime Story Cafe, immerse yourselves in tales of life, love and longing by the best women writers from across the globe.

Glasgow Women's Library, 23 Landressy Street, Glasgov G40 1BP

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13 April @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Latvia: Image Music Text

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Kristīne Ulberga, Latvian author and director Maira Dobele, musician Anete Graudiņa

Acclaimed author Kristīne Ūlberga will be reading from her astonishing new novel "The Green Crow", published by Peter Owen, followed by a series of 12 short films created by writer and filmmaker Maira Dobele, and traditional Latvian music from Anete Graudina. The event will be followed by reception where guests will have a chance to talk to the artists.

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Free entry

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13 April @ 7pm

The Book of Riga launch at Housmans

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writers Svens Kuzmins and Dace Rukšāne

In the year in which Latvia celebrates a centenary as an independent state, we bring you stories which demonstrate how Riga has established itself as a vibrant creative centre, attracting artists, performers and writers from across the region and beyond. This rare showcase of contemporary Latvian writing gathers together stories by some of the country's finest writers, chronicling the city's continuing growth and transformation after centuries of foreign rule.

Housmans Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX

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13 April @ 7pm

European Poetry Festival: The European Camarade in Manchester

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Inga Pizāne

Bringing together some of the finest modern poets of the thriving Manchester scene in collaborative pairs with writers visiting from Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, France, Germany and Italy, this special Camarade event will present dynamic new duets of live literature made especially for the night.

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill. 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY

Free entry

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13 April @ 6:30 - 8:30pm

Hit the Ode

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Kārlis Vērdiņš

Apples and Snakes presents Hit the Ode, Birmingham’s premier poetry night. Every month, Hit the Ode brings the most exciting poets from the region, the country and the world to the heart of Birmingham. Join us at our new home, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome for poems from all across the world. We have poems and lots of them. Poems to ruffle feathers and caress your heart strings. Poems that will challenge your nan to a hip-hop cypher. Poems that taste like hot cocoa. Good poems. Great Poems. Come and get them.

Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome

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14 April @4pm - 6pm

Up the Baltick, a talk by Mike Collier

Mike Collier is a writer and journalist who has lived in Latvia for 11 years. Mike’s recent book, Up the Baltick. is presented as a remarkable literary find. 

Latvian House, 72 Queensborough Terrace, London W2 3SH

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14 April @ 7pm

European Poetry Festival : The European Camarade in Middlesbrough

Latvian writers participating: Latvian writer Inga Pizāne

Bringing together some of the finest modern poets of the thriving North East scene in collaborative pairs with writers visiting from Norway, Latvia, Germany and Italy, this special Camarade event will present dynamic new duets of live literature made especially for the night.

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Centre Square, Middlesbrough  TS1 2AZ

Free entry

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14 April @7pm – 10 pm

Concert of Imants Ziedonis Foundation “Viegli”

Imants Ziedonis Foundation “Viegli” was established in the spring of 2010 with the aim to pursue the mission dear to the patron of the Foundation, poet Imants Ziedonis, – “Latvia is an incredibly beautiful land, but such beauty needs help to shine.”

The Foundation promots and implements the ideas and values of Imants Ziedonis, continues to support creative and unusual ideas, and organizes public projects that reveal the beauty of Latvia.

154 Holland Park Avenue, London, W11 4UH

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March

No events in UK, but come and meet us in Leipzig Book fair March15-18th, H4/D307 and Bologna Childrens Book fair March 26-29th H21/C54

February

12 February @ 3pm

Ieva Flamingo participates in Imagine Festival in London: Exhilarating Entertaining Poems

In the mood for some exhilarating, entertaining poetry? Then head to the National Poetry Library for this special Imagine poetry reading for 8 to 11-year-olds and their grown-ups.

Featuring Ieva Flamingo and her translator Richard O’Brien, Amina Jama and Dean Parkin.

National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall

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17 February @ 2pm

Ieva Flamingo participates in Verve Festival in Birmingham: Ieva Flamingo & Richard O’Brien: Poems about School

It isn’t easy being a kid, especially in the noisiest class in the school. Would it be better if you could smuggle a cat in? Join Latvian poet Ieva Flamingo and translator Richard O’Brien for this bi-lingual reading of poems from The Noisy Classroom.

Waterstones, 24-26 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7SL, United Kingdom

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23 February @ 7pm

Reading by Nora Ikstena 

Guardian journalist Claire Armitstead will be exploring the background of one of the most astonishing Latvian literature voices - Nora Ikstena.

Nora will be reading from her latest novel 'Soviet milk' which is being published by Peirene Press in the UK.

Embassy of Latvia in London, 45 Nottingham Pl, Marylebone

 

24 February @ 7pm

Nora Ikstena participates in Peirene Spring Salon

Evenings of literature, conversation, dinner and wine.

‘A combination of fringe theatre, psychiatrist’s couch, conversazione society and flirtation parlour, the Peirene salon is unlike any other literary gathering.’  – John Walsh, The Independent

Peirene’s 2018 Spring Salon will star Latvian writer Nora Ikstena, author of Peirene No. 25, Soviet Milk – the literary bestseller that took the Baltics by storm.

Peirene Press Ltd, 17 Cheverton Road, London N19 3BB, United Kingdom

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24 February @ 2pm

Inga Gaile, Madara Gruntmane, Marija Luīze Meļķe participates in Birmingham Multicultural festival

For thousands of years, people from different parts of the world have gathered in Britain. Millennia ago the invading Roman soldiers came to UK; the shores of this great land gave shelter to Dutch merchants; ill fated slaves had been brought here from Africa five hundred years ago. Two World Wars brought people from all corners of the globe; the South Asian nations came to UK to serve the ‘Queen and the Country’. People from different nation, religion, caste came to UK to find a better a future.

All these people brought their language, culture and heritage with them. This mixture and explosion of our different background enriched the culture of Britain. In London alone people speak 250 languages every day which makes it the world's most multilingual city! Birmingham, on the other hand, is no less remarkable- 110 languages are spoken here. The magnitude of this cultural variation is truly a remarkable feat of our diverse society. No wonder this diverse and strong culture is the beauty and strength of Britain, a place we all now call home.

Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2ND.

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