Noémi Szécsi – Hungary’s very own Stephanie Meyer

Last week, our own Stork Press author, the talented and beautiful face of the new wave of Hungarian literature, Noémi Szécsi, came to London for two very special events to celebrate
the selection of The Finno-Ugrian Vampire for the 2012 European Literature Night in the British Library.

On Tuesday, Waterstones Hampstead hosted an intimate evening with two of the selected authors – Noémi Szécsi and Ognjen Spahić, chaired by our newly-published author A.M. Bakalar. We teamed up with Istros Books, who published Ognjen Spahić’s Hansen’s Children in 2011, to run this unique preview event. Waterstones Hampstead was a truly wonderful home to these authors from Hungary, Montenegro and Poland!

On Wednesday, we ironed the vampire cloak, packed the fangs and wig, and set off for the British Library. First, we met the other selected authors, translators and publishers in the Dickens Room, where the amazing team from Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions took great care of each participant, making sure everyone was well-supplied with coffee and lots and lots of cake. Rosie Goldsmith, dubbed Euro Lit queen by Istros Books, warmed up for the event by wrapping her tongue around a range of European names, learning exactly how to pronounce each name correctly, and even rehearsing the names of the main characters in the selected books. Rosie, we hope you stay with ELN for many years to come!

Rosie introduced Noémi as ‘Hungary’s very own Stephanie Meyer’ and as she took her seat, the vampire entered stage left and skulked in the wings waiting to pounce To see Noémi Szécsi on the stage, stealing the hearts of the audience with her witty stories, was the proudest moment of the evening for the Stork team.

Those two wonderful events would not have been possible without the generous support of Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Centre London who funded travel and accommodation for Noémi, her husband and their lovely daughter. We’d like to thank them for all their assistance in helping us introduce this great new writer to the UK literary scene.