Hungarian Lit Night: tributes to László Krasznahorkai

March Wednesday 20th 2019 : 7pm at Hungarian Cultural Centre : London
10 Maiden Ln, London WC2E 7NA : Free Entry

László Krasznahorkai has produced an iconoclastic and utterly unique body of work throughout the 20th and 21st century. This event, the first in a new literary series, celebrates the idiosyncratic Hungarian novelist through brand new commissions of contemporary artists, writers and musicians, who will respond to Krasznahorkai - his novels, ideas & life - with new performances, recitations and reading.

Free to attend at the Hungarian Cultural Centre in the heart of Covent Garden, this is a chance to re-experience the writing of one of the foremost novelists of our time through innovative, literary and experimental live works.

The event will feature Eley Williams, David Spittle, Mischa Foster Poole, Karen Sandhu, Benedict Taylor, Christian Patracchini & SJ Fowler.


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Eley Williams' Attrib. and other stories (Influx Press, 2017) was awarded the Republic of Consciousness Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2018. With stories anthologised in The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story (Penguin Classics, 2018) and Liberating the Canon (Dostoevsky Wannabe, 2018), she is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the Royal Society of Literature. 

Karen Sandhu is currently completing her PhD in contemporary poetry and artists’ books at Royal Holloway. Her poetry has been published by The Archive of the Now, Opon, HOW2, and BlazeVOX. She has collaborated with the ICA (London) and performed at Camden People’s Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and Arnolfini (Bristol). She has also written for The Blue Notebook: Journal for Artists’ Books and her bookworks have been exhibited at The Showroom (London) and Galerie éof (Paris). 

Mischa Foster Poole is interested in the politicopoetics of nonsense. His work has appeared in 3:AMHotel, HVTNPerversePoetry LondonPoetry Wales,SALADEStride, Tentacular, and X-Peri. His debut collection unboxing, teardown is forthcoming from Veer Books.

David Spittle has poetry published in Blackbox Manifold, 3am, The Literateur, DatableedZarf, and is translated into French by Black Herald Press. Twice shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize (2015/2016) and included in the Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 Anthology (Eyewear Press). His first pamphlet, B O X, is with HVTN Press (September, 2018). In addition to poetry, he has written the libretti to three operas, performed at various venues around Cardiff and at Hammersmith Studios in London. In 2014 David was commissioned to write a song cycle for the Bergen National Opera, since performed internationally. He has curated a series of interviews, Light Glyphs, with poets-on-film and filmmakers-on-poetry. This ongoing series has included John Ashbery, Guy Maddin, Sophie Mayer, Andrew Kötting, Redell Olsen, John Adams, and Lisa Samuels. See here for Spittle’s website.