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Review of Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City on Book Worm’s Head

‘A reportage book cannot get much better than this…excellent pieces of journalism…The Assassin from Apricot City is right there in the footsteps of the best tradition of Pol…ehm actually world class reportage. If you want to know something about contemporary Turkey from the pen of a brilliant foreign reporter, this is the book you were looking [...] Read more »

A.M. Bakalar on BBC Radio 4, Wednesday 17 December

Listen to A.M. Bakalar in conversation with Michael Goldfarb. Wednesday, 17 December At Home Abroad BBC Radio 4, 20.00 The world is on the move. More than 200 million people live today in a different country to their birthplace. Britain is a major crossroads of this seething human migration. Among developed nations more Britons live [...] Read more »

Joanna Jodełka on BBC Radio 4, Wednesday 19 November

Our Polish author Joanna Jodełka in conversation with Zygmunt Miłoszewski talks to Mark Lawson about Polish crime fiction. Wednesday, 19 November Foreign Bodies, BBC Radio 4 13.45-14.00 Poland (Post-Communism) – Zygmunt Miłoszewski and Joanna Jodełka reflect on how Polish crime fiction has reflected the country’s occupation by both Nazis and Communists, the transition to democracy through the [...] Read more »

EVENT: Book launch – Martin Llewellyn’s House of the Missing, 3 October, London

We are thrilled to invite you to the book launch of Martin Llewellyn’s first novel House of the Missing.   Friday, 3 October 2014 Clubroom @ 6.30pm The Somers Town Coffee House 60 Chalton St London NW1 1HS Nearest tube: King’s Cross St Pancras   Event is free with lots of wine. Spaces are limited [...] Read more »

EVENT: A.M. Bakalar at Wasafiri’s Words on the Water, 21 September

Sunday, 21 September Wasafiri‘s Words on the Water 2pm (board) – 5.15pm (disembark) The William B River Cruiser, Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH   In celebration of Wasafiri’s 30th anniversary, six acclaimed contemporary writers share readings on the Thames for one special afternoon of ‘words on the water’.  Come and celebrate Wasafiri’s 30th [...] Read more »

Review of Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City in the Hurriyet Daily News

‘Its epigrammatic chapters brim with colorful characters from across the country’s varied human landscapes, which the Polish journalist has come to know intimately after many years on the beat… part of what makes “The Assassin from Apricot City” a success is the way it complicates supposedly rigid divisions. The people it describes emerge in various shades of [...] Read more »

EVENT: A.M. Bakalar at Felixstowe Book Festival, 29 June

Sunday, 29 June @ 17.30 Felixstowe Book Festival The Orwell Hotel, The Elisabeth Suite Hamilton Road, Felixstowe Suffolk, IP11 7DX   William Brodrick and A. M. Bakalar talk to The Times journalist Liz Hoggard about their novels featuring Poles: The Day of the Lie and Madame Mephisto, as well as Polish literature, culture and history. William is [...] Read more »

People’s Book Prize Final Round of Voting for Różewicz’s Mother Departs

Tadeusz Różewicz and the People’s Book Prize Final Round of Voting for Mother Departs begins 21st May! Tadeusz Różewicz, one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, passed away on April 24th aged 92. His intimate biographical memoir, Mother Departs, translated into English by Barbara Bogoczek and published by Stork Press, is a finalist [...] Read more »

Event: Mariusz Czubaj at More Bloody Foreigners. Criminally Good Writing from Across the Channel, 11 June, London

  Wednesday, 11 June London Review Bookshop, 7.00pm 14 Bury Place London WC1A 2JL   Four sparklingly original crime writers offer their perspectives on culture and society from different corners of Europe. As they say, tell me about your crimes and I’ll tell you about your society.     Read more »

Events: Witold Szabłowski’s Book Tour in the UK

Tuesday, 13 May Wood Green Central Library 19.00-20.00 187-197A High Road Wood Green, London N22 6XD Come and hear award-winning Polish journalist and author of The Assassin from Apricot City, Witold Szabłowski, speak about his work ahead of his appearance at European Literature Night at the British Library. He is most widely known for his [...] Read more »

RIP Tadeusz Różewicz (1921-2014)

We are deeply saddened to announce that Tadeusz Różewicz passed away today on 24 April 2014 at his home.   Photo: Ela Lempp Read more »

The Assassin from Apricot City selected for European Literature Night

We are delighted to announce The Assassin from Apricot City by Witold Szabłowski, translated by Antonia-Lloyd Jones, has been selected to appear at the European Literature Night event on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 at the British Library.   The Assassin from Apricot City is joined by: The Misfortunates, by Dimitri Verhulst, translated by David Colmer (Belgium) A Fairy [...] Read more »

Review of Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City in the World Literature Today

‘Szabłowski’s Turkey is a land of paradoxes: Kurds who praise family values but kill their daughters and sisters if they’re raped, artists who loath the West but crave its approval, love-struck young men who long to sleep with their girlfriends but know this would make the women unmarriageable…he tells poignant stories about tangible men and [...] Read more »

Review of Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City in The Majalla

‘the book is an excellent introduction to Turkey’s debates about almost everything going on in the country—fresh, confident, funny without mockery and spiced with cleverly phrased insights…Szabłowski’s comic-strip theater of the absurd gets to the soul of Turkey and masterfully conjures up a conspiracy-theory approach to politics in which anything is possible.’ Hugh Pope, The Majalla [...] Read more »

Review of Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City in The Huffington Post

‘Witold Szablowski strikes an excellent balance between hard-hitting journalism, astute political analysis, and humorous observations. His reportage provides a fascinating insight into contemporary Turkey, its strengths and many contradictions…essential reading, seamlessly translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.’ Lucy Popescu, The Huffington Post    Praise for The Assassin from Apricot City:  World Literature Today’s Notable Translation 2013 Winner English PEN Award 2013 [...] Read more »

Review of Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City in The Economist

‘This is not a travelogue: Mr Szablowski is a time-traveller, a disenfranchised Pole who hangs out like Gulliver in a land where politics, crime, humour, home economics and family life seem topsy-turvy yet strangely familiar…We need Mr Szablowski at our side as we walk through Istanbul’s covered bazaar, or follow a protest march. He captures the spirit [...] Read more »

Three Stork Press titles selected World Literature Today’s Notable Translations 2013

We are thrilled to announce three of our titles published this year have been selected for the World Literature Today’s Notable Translations 2013.   Mariusz Czubaj’s 21:37, translated by Anna Hyde Tadeusz Różewicz’s Mother Departs, translated by Barbara Bogoczek Witold Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City. Reportage from Turkey, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones   Our [...] Read more »

Event: Polish Crime Night with Mariusz Czubaj and Joanna Jodełka, 30 January, London

We’re very happy to start 2014 with a really cool event with our two award winning Polish crime authors Mariusz Czubaj and Joanna Jodełka. An evening at which crime novelists William Brodrick, Mariusz Czubaj, Anya Lipska, and Joanna Jodełka in a session chaired by journalist Rosie Goldsmith discuss what it is about the country’s people, culture and history that makes it such rich [...] Read more »

Review of Różewicz’s Mother Departs in The Times Literary Supplement

‘[A] complex, multi-voiced meditation on family writing and modern history in its peculiarly harsh Polish incarnation…The originality of Mother Departs lies in its astute, self-critical arrangement of texts radiating out of the mother’s life. It is, as Polish critics noted, the most personal of Różewicz’s books…haunting volume.’ Clare Cavanagh, The Times Literary Supplement    More praise for Tadeusz Różewicz’s Mother Departs [...] Read more »

Event: Witold Szabłowski in the US, November

Ahead of the UK publication of Witold Szabłowski’s award winning The Assassin from Apricot City. Reportage from Turkey (translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones), we are thrilled to share the dates for Witold’s events in the US promoting the book. The UK book launch of The Assassin from Apricot City. Reportage from Turkey will take place on Thursday, 21 November at Word [...] Read more »

Event: Book Launch – Witold Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City, 21 November, London

In association with the Polish Cultural Institute in London we delighted to invite you to a book launch of Witold Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City. Reportage from Turkey, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.   Thursday, 21 November Free Word Centre, 6.30pm Lecture Theatre 60 Farringdon Road London EC1R 3GA Event is FREE. A panel discussion [...] Read more »

Event: Grażyna Plebanek in the US and Canada, October – November

Grażyna Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons (translated by Danusia Stok) was published in the US in September this year by New Europe Books and is distributed by Random House. We are delighted to share the list of events, part of Grażyna’s US Book Tour.   Friday, 25 October 2013 International Festival of Authors, 8.00pm York Quay Centre – [...] Read more »

Review of Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire on Magic Realism

‘This book is so many things – it’s a coming of age tale, it’s about following one’s calling and ignoring the demands of family tradition, it is political and social satire, it plays with words, language and literature. One thing it is not is a conventional vampire story… funny and intelligent and had me giggling [...] Read more »

Review of Różewicz’s Mother Departs in the New Welsh Review

‘Mother Departs deals with loss and memory and what it means to be a poet, but above all it records the love between members of a family, and its greatest gift may lie in the repeated opportunities that it creates for its readers to recognise themselves in the thoughts and actions of people who are [...] Read more »

Event: Grażyna Plebanek, 28 September, Brussels

In association with Polish Insight Brussels and Sterling Books we are delighted to invite you to an event with Grażyna Plebanek in the heart of Brussels, Belgium. Saturday, 28 September Sterling Books, 5.00pm Rue du Fossé aux Loups 38 1000 Brussels, Belgium With free refreshments! Watch a promo trailer of the event.   (Photographed by © Sabina Jaworek / [...] Read more »

Różewicz’s Mother Departs – The People’s Book Prize Finalist Summer 2013

We are very happy to announce that Tadeusz Różewicz’s Mother Departs has been selected as the finalist for The People’s Book Prize, Summer 2013, in the category of non-fiction. Mother Departs was translated from Polish into English by Barbara Bogoczek and edited and introduced by Tony Howard.     This is the first time that any [...] Read more »

Review of Różewicz’s Mother Departs in The Tablet

‘“Unless it’s broken – smashed,” Różewicz writes, “poetry won’t ever rise up from its grave.” But if he has stripped his verses down to basics, without metre, without rhyme, there is music in his prose. Lyrical, evocative and richly detailed, Mother Departs is a challenging investigation to the monstrous injustices and numbing losses of public [...] Read more »

Review of Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons in Foreword Reviews

‘Fascinating…[E]xposes what can happen when the tables are turned in an ego-driven marriage, and a husband plays a secondary role next to a successful wife. Admirable command of language, as well as perceptive understanding of human character, sets this author’s work apart from run-of-the-mill erotic fiction. Strong description, creating a complete sensory experience, brings to [...] Read more »

Review of Różewicz’s Mother Departs on A Geography of Reading

‘a wonderfully polyphonic memoir as the voices harmonize to tell a greater story. And although the emphasis is on the family, the narrative is deeply influenced by the fascinating period in Polish history starting before World War I and ending just after the fall of communism.’ Isla McKetta, A Geography of Reading   More praise for [...] Read more »

A.M. Bakalar on Proms Plus Literary, BBC Radio 3, Wednesday 17 July

Writer Eva Hoffman and novelist A.M. Bakalar talks to Rana Mitter about the proliferation of contemporary literature and visual arts created by Polish artists. Proms Plus Literary Wednesday, 17 July 5.45pm – c6.30pm Royal College of Music Event is Free.   A.M. Bakalar was born and raised in Poland. She lived in Germany, France, Sicily [...] Read more »

Review of Czubaj’s 21:37 on Crime Fiction Lover

‘Czubaj manages to create his own style and sense of place. This is gritty, realistic, almost noir-ish writing, yet suffused with real humour and human warmth. The story itself is well-paced, keeps you guessing, and the back story or personal life of the characters never slows down the investigation…it’s an intriguing read from a young [...] Read more »

Review of Czubaj’s 21:37 in The Crime Segments

‘21:37 is one of those crime novels I love — dark, mysterious, with absolutely zero hint of cutesy to get in the way of getting into the crime and starting the journey toward its solution…I was beyond happy with 21:37. It kept me entertained, glued and — the best sign of a good mystery for me — [...] Read more »

Review of Różewicz’s Mother Departs on Winstonsdad’s Blog

‘I would describe the piece and feel of this book, yes memoir, yes prose poetry. But not fully either, one could almost say the reportage that Polish writers post world war two have often been known for the likes of Kapuscinski or Stasiuk are well-known, has been turned internally on to the family trying to [...] Read more »

Review of Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons in Publishers Weekly

‘Plebanek’s crisp and intelligent new novel is full of pitch-perfect descriptions, mostly but not exclusively about sex, and its contemplation…A merciless comedy of modern manners, and the politics of desire.’ Publishers Weekly   More praise for Grażyna Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons: Illegal Liaisons voted Best Book of 2012 - ‘Illegal Liaisons is an excellent example of great European literature that otherwise wouldn’t [...] Read more »

Różewicz’s Mother Departs nominated for The People’s Book Prize

We are delighted to announce that Tadeusz Różewicz’s Mother Departs, translated by Barbara Bogoczek, is nominated for The People’s Book Prize, Summer 2013, in the category of non-fiction. This is the first time that any book in translation has been accepted for nomination for this prize and we are thrilled Tadeusz Różewicz’s Mother Departs has been selected. The People’s [...] Read more »

Review of Różewicz’s Mother Departs in The Independent

‘Every mother’s son – and daughter – will appreciate this powerful chorus of family memories…Published in 1999, when it won Poland’s leading literary award, Mother Departs also champions Rózewicz’s aesthetic of assembled voices…These fragments are simply, poetically, put together. The cumulative effect is astonishing… powerful and poignant. Barbara Bogoczek’s translation is excellent, as is Tony [...] Read more »

Review of Różewicz’s Mother Departs on Complete Review

‘It’s an effective collection, switching from personal reminiscence to the immediacy of diary-entries…The collection has a fragmentary feel — much ends (and some begins) with ellipses, to underline that fact — and readers might wish for more filling in the blanks in this century-spanning work, but there’s a satisfying wholeness to the text as is. A [...] Read more »

CJ Schuler on Różewicz’s Gala: Mum, Dad, I’m a Poet in The Independent Arts Blog

‘The poet, playwright and novelist Tadeusz Różewicz is Poland’s most celebrated living author, a Nobel prize nominee described by Seamus Heaney as “one of the great European poets of the 20th century”. Last Saturday, as part of the 2013 London Literature Festival, a lively audience of Britons and Poles packed the Purcell Room for an evening to celebrate the [...] Read more »

Event: Grażyna Plebanek and A.M. Bakalar at Litro Live! 2013 St Pancras Take Over

Thursday, 20 June St Pancras International Station, 6.00-11.00pm The Betjemen Arms, Unit 53 Pancras Road, London N1C 4QL For one night only, Litro is taking over St Pancras International Station for an evening of readings, discussions and live music inspired by Polish Literature. To celebrate Litro June issue, we’re bringing Poland to the heart of [...] Read more »

Review of Różewicz’s Mother Departs on Literati and Tony’s Reading List

‘we witness the anguish of a man looking at  his mother fading away. Both Herbert and Rózewicz, in two completely different styles, narrate with an impeccable choice of words the last days in the life of their mothers. Heartbreaking yes, but the literary value of these books lay within the ability of these authors to talk about death [...] Read more »

Catherine Millet’s praise for Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons the US edition

‘A remarkable achievement. This riveting novel not only shows that intimate liaisons can feel every bit as “illegal” as they do dangerous, but it also offers (sometimes literally) penetrating insights into the confluence of the personal and the political–here, at the heart of a twenty-first-century Europe where conceptions of gender roles and morality clash, comingle, [...] Read more »

Review of Różewicz’s Mother Departs on A Discount Ticket to Everywhere

‘a quite remarkable memoir of a family, of Poland in the twentieth century and of life, and death.’ A Discount Ticket to Everywhere   More praise for Tadeusz Różewicz’s Mother Departs Winner of the 2000 Nike Prize, Poland’s most prestigious literary award ‘One of the great European poets of the twentieth century’ Seamus Heaney ‘Tadeusz Różewicz is a great [...] Read more »

Event: A.M. Bakalar, 25 April, Liverpool

Thursday, 25 April  Merseyside Polonia will present a Polish writer, A.M. Bakalar, based in the UK who reflects on her experience of Poland from London perspective and Englishness from Polish migrant side through a fictional character presented in her book Madame Mephisto. Toxteth Library, 6.30pm Windsor Street, Liverpool L8 1XF       A.M. Bakalar was born [...] Read more »

Event: Noémi Szécsi at PEN World Voices Festival, 3-4 May, New York, USA

Friday, 3 May 2013 A Literary Safari Wesbeth Center for the Arts, 6.30pm 55 Bethune St New York, NY 10014 Explorers may discover a bedside reading, a dinner-table discussion, or a poet in the elevator at this event, where each participant is given a map and left to roam the halls of the city’s oldest [...] Read more »

Event: Tadeusz Różewicz’s Gala: Mum, Dad, I’m a Poet, 25 May, London

Saturday, 25 May Southbank Centre, Purcell Room, 7.45pm Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX Tickets: £10 / £5 concessions Book online (booking fee £1.75) Ticket Office: 0844 875 0073 (booking fee £2.75) Booking in person (no booking fee)   Tadeusz Różewicz is the most celebrated living Polish author, the great ‘anti-poet’ who has succeeded in writing poetry after Auschwitz. [...] Read more »

Event: Hungarian Literature Night with Noémi Szécsi, 29 April, Brighton

Monday, 29 April Hungarian Literature Night with Noémi Szécsi and George Szirtes The Attenborough Centre Creativity Zone, Sussex University, 7.00pm Pelham Building 3- at the lower end exit of their Car Park 1/Science Car Park Sussex House, Southern Ring Rd, Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9RH Entry £8 (£7 with Student Card) Ace Stories goes to [...] Read more »

Review of Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire in World Literature Today

‘Most innovative, trenchant vampire tale…Two engines drive this most unconventional bildungsroman: Jerne’s witty, sardonic narrative voice and “Grandma.”…It’s her [Jerne] voice—misogynistic, wry, astute, and unfailingly deadpan—that keeps us rapidly turning pages even as we savor every sentence….The Finno-Ugrian Vampire belongs at the top of your “must-read” list.’ Michael A. Morrison, World Literature Today   More praise [...] Read more »

Review of Procházková’s Freshta in British, Czech and Slovak Review

‘In the best Czech tradition, Procházková uses plenty of humour. She does her best to understand without passing judgment…expertly translated by Julia Sherwood…Her [Sherwood’s] rendering of Freshta is similarly flawless: smooth and easy to read. I cannot recommend the book high enough.’ by Zuzana Slobodová, British, Czech and Slovak Review   More praise for Petra Procházková’s Freshta: [...] Read more »

Review of Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire in The Times Literary Supplement

‘Written in 2001, long before the recent teenage craze for the Twilight films, The Finno-Ugrian Vampire now appears in Peter Sherwood’s skilful and entertaining translation…amusing postmodernist farce…If at first she [Jerne] believes literature might provide an alternative to the vocation of vampirehood, maturity yields the discovery that authors feed on each other just as voraciously [...] Read more »

Event: A.M. Bakalar at Woman’s Day, Kinoteka Polish Film Festival, 8 March, London

Friday, 8 March Riverside Studios, 7pm Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL 020 8237 1111 FREE events for all ‘female spirits’ and a party! Complimentary tickets to be collected from the Riverside Studios box office on Friday from 6pm   Women’s Day (Dzień kobiet), dir. Maria Sadowska, 2012, 90 mins, Drama In this debut feature from [...] Read more »

Review of Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire in Publishers Weekly

‘Sherwood’s translation is noteworthy—skillful but unobtrusive. Lauded in Szécsi’s native Hungary and popular in Europe, this tale of an awkward vampire amuses; the disaffected protagonist and the inherent absurdity of vampires in a mundane setting provide a looking glass with which to examine modern life.’ Publishers Weekly   More praise for Noémi Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire: [...] Read more »

Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire selected for Adapting For Cinema project

We’re delighted to announce The Finno-Ugrian Vampire by our Hungarian novelist Noémi Szécsi has been selected for the Adapting For Cinema project. The Finno-Ugrian Vampire, translated by Peter Sherwood, tells the story of a young woman, Jerne Volt Ampere, who – against the wishes of her 200-year old grandmother – would rather become a writer [...] Read more »

Event: Grażyna Plebanek and A.M. Bakalar at Emigrating Landscapes, 20 March, London

Wednesday, 20 March Debate on contemporary Europeans, new ideas about borders and ‘New Europeans?’: Grażyna Plebanek and A.M. Bakalar UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, 5.00pm Room 433 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW A meeting with the authors hosted by Urszula Chowaniec. The discussion and commentary by Tim Beasley-Murray and Agata Pyzik. [...] Read more »

Review of Procházková’s Freshta on Judging Covers

‘a surprisingly easy read…diverse and hugely entertaining cast of characters…Freshta is not a novel that offers easy answers to questions about war, women or the West, but it is a novel that is moving and funny in the most unexpected ways.’ Judging Covers   More praise for Petra Procházková’s Freshta: ‘This was my favourite book of those published [...] Read more »

Review of Procházková’s Freshta on Book Snob

‘This was my favourite book of those published by Stork Press…[Herra's] witty observations are the true strength of the novel. It is not because of the ‘family secrets’, ‘tales of husbands and lovers’ you should read this book but because of its cultural perceptiveness which shows a more complex picture of Afghanistan. Also, did I say [...] Read more »

Review of Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire on Hungarian Literature Online

‘The Finno-Ugrian Vampire clearly will take its place alongside other present renditions of the vampire myth, including the novels of Anne Rice and the most recent Twilight series. (Perhaps it is unfair to compare Jerne to the rather lock-jawed Bella, but there is certainly no contest when it comes to wit.) Hopefully, readers will find [...] Read more »

Review of Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire on WhichBook and Libritudine

‘If you’ve ever felt like the outsider, even within your own family, Jerne’s tale will resonate like struck crystal. Gawkily unpredictable and meandering, wry and clever and vivid, this is not the vampire story you’re expecting’ WhichBook ‘Strange book in two parts that I both appreciated even if I’m partial to the first one. Do [...] Read more »

Bakalar’s ‘Polish people are Britain’s invisible minority’ in the Guardian

‘Many Poles see themselves as commuting to work by coming to Britain. It is perhaps a sign of our times that migration between countries offers to many people the best of both worlds. The early excitement of joining the EU and the freedom to choose where to live or work has passed. My friends in [...] Read more »

Review of Procházková’s Freshta on Shapeshifting Green

‘The characters are vivid and the reader really feels for them all caught up in their family dilemmas and the cultural misunderstandings that arise with well meaning, but culturally unaware foreign aid workers… brilliant, insightful and entertaining.’ Shapeshifting Green   More praise for Petra Procházková’s Freshta: ‘Petra Procházková’s assured debut, Freshta, a bitter-sweet hymn to Afghanistan told from an outsider’s [...] Read more »

Review of Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons on For Books’ Sake

‘This book remains a fascinating look at the generation that are living the reality of Poland’s new role at the heart of Europe. It is also a brave examination of changing gender roles, and suggests that the old order is, at least among the ex-pat elite, very much on the way out. Jonathan is a [...] Read more »

Review of Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto on A Discount Ticket to Everywhere

‘I found the book more moving and funnier than I expected though I was sometimes irritated by Magda’s destructiveness and slightly alarmed by the author’s detailed knowledge of the cannabis trade…It’s well done though, and the voice comes through strongly, drawing you into Magda’s world.’ A Discount Ticket to Everywhere   More praise for A.M. Bakalar’s Madame [...] Read more »

Press release: Witold Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City receives financial assistance from English PEN’s PEN Translates!

We are delighted to announce Witold Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, has been selected to receive financial assistance from English PEN’s PEN Translates! Programme grant supported by Arts Council England. English PEN exists to promote literature and our understanding of it, to uphold writers’ freedoms around the world, to campaign [...] Read more »

For Books’ Sake Talks to Grażyna Plebanek

‘One of the most striking things about Plebanek’s writing is the prominence of strong female characters, and when I bring it up it is evident this is not by accident. “I doubt I would find pleasure in creating a female character who would be a victim. Women have been portrayed as such for centuries and [...] Read more »

Interview with Noémi Szécsi on Hungarian Literature Online

‘I like being an outsider, because I want to keep the privilege of an observer, I want to keep the distance. I don’t like getting involved in causes, communities and movements, I don’t like building Hungarian or cosmopolitan identities for myself, because I insist on moving freely between categories, on keeping every door and window open. [...] Read more »

A.M. Bakalar on BBC Radio 3 Night Waves programme, Tuesday 11 Dec at 10pm

We are very excited that our Polish author A.M. Bakalar will be on BBC Radio 3 Night Waves programme ‘International Review’ on Tuesday, 11 December at 10pm. She is the first Polish woman to publish a novel in English since Poland joined EU in 2004. Her first novel Madame Mephisto was among readers’ recommendations for the Guardian First [...] Read more »

Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto and Procházková’s Freshta in Huffington Post

‘Finally, another publisher of merit is Stork Press who specialise in translating exceptional new writing from Central and Eastern Europe. They are celebrating their first year of publishing this month. I was impressed with the two titles I’ve read: A.M. Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto, a darkly-comic account of a Polish immigrant’s experiences in London and Petra Procházková’s assured debut, Freshta, a [...] Read more »

Grażyna Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons voted Best Book of 2012

Our warm congratulations to Polish author Grażyna Plebanek whose novel Illegal Liaisons, translated by Danusia Stok, has been voted Best Book of 2012 by These Little Words! We are very happy for Grażyna; we love her books and we are very proud to have been able to publish Illegal Liaisons and to have had such [...] Read more »

Review of Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire on For Books’ Sake

‘Very funny…The book is witty and bleak, and in the first half in particular it’s lightly drawn together. The second part is more absurd and defiant in its refusal to become what readers might expect’ For Books’ Sake   More praise for Noémi Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire: ‘a clever satire on the whole notion of Hungarian-ness, [...] Read more »

Review of Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons on Nudge

‘Though the sensual scenes between the unfaithful couple are thrilling and explicit, offering some of the most pleasurable moments in the novel, Illegal Liaisons is much more than a story of sex amongst today’s Euro-elites. Moving beyond passion, the novel is in fact a smart study of identity in the ‘new Europe’, examining the rapidly [...] Read more »

Event: Stork Press Xmas Party 2012, 13 December, London

We are delighted to invite you to  celebrate our first year of publishing at a very special Stork Press Xmas Party. Plenty of booze and live jazz from our very good friends Purveyors of Filthy Swing – Top Shelf Jazz. We will be also announcing the winner of our Stork Mini Short Story Competition ‘Alternative [...] Read more »

Review of Procházková’s Freshta on Little Words

‘Prochazkova is expert at creating scenes of familial chaos with ten things happening at once, and emotions running high.’ Little Words   More praise for Petra Procházková’s Freshta: ‘I could not but recommend this novel to anyone wanting either a humane and balanced description of Afghan and traditional Muslim life or simply a highly engaging story with [...] Read more »

Review of Procházková’s Freshta on Blogbook

‘I could not but recommend this novel to anyone wanting either a humane and balanced description of Afghan and traditional Muslim life or simply a highly engaging story with characters whose vividness is matched by their ability to generate empathy.’ Blogbook   More praise for Petra Procházková’s Freshta: ‘the plot is gripping, the characters convincing and the [...] Read more »

Stork Mini Short Story Competition!

Christmas is coming and we are launching our Stork Mini Short Story Competition! Celebrating publication of our 4 books this year and the first year of Stork Press we are delighted to announce our first Stork Mini Short Story Competition.     Theme: Abstract Christmas Word count: maximum 600 words Deadline for submissions: Monday, 3 [...] Read more »

Review of Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire on Bookgeeks

‘The Finno-Ugrian Vampire understands that finding one’s own place in the world, the struggle to move beyond the parental yoke, is a far more terrifying reality than falling prey to a creature of darkness…Textured with a witty and ironic language, the novel takes no prisoners…the English language reader should welcome this translation with open arms [...] Read more »

Event: A.M. Bakalar at European Frontline Fiction, 16 November, London

Stork Press in cooperation with Equus Press and 3:AM Press is delighted to invite you to an evening of innovative prose.   The preliminary line-up is as follows: Louis ARMAND representing Equus press A.M. BAKALAR representing Stork Press Thor GARCIA representing Equus press Lee ROURKE representing 3am press Stewart HOME representing everything beyond representation Philip [...] Read more »

Review of Procházková’s Freshta on A Discount Ticket to Everywhere

‘the plot is gripping, the characters convincing and the story ultimately life-affirming…Highly recommended!…Translator Julia Sherwood has done a great job in introducing many unfamiliar words and concepts without burdening the text with long explanations’ A Discount Ticket to Everywhere   More praise for Petra Procházková’s Freshta: ‘Herra’s voice is a revelation, an unexpected blend of humour [...] Read more »

Review of Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire on A World of Randomness

‘fascinating novel! I loved the refreshing take on vampires, going back to a more traditional view of bloodsucking and coffin-sleeping creatures who, against tradition, go out in the daylight and work meaningless jobs and live in less than privileged circumstances despite being rich.’ A World of Randomness   More praise for Noémi Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire: [...] Read more »

Book launch of Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons on Belgravia Books Blog

‘As Maggie Gee said, writing about sex is nothing new. But writing about it and doing it well is a talent  of only a few, and Grazyna Plebanek is one of those few…Yes, there is a fair amount of graphic erotic scenes in the novel, but they are there for a reason. Plebanek writes about [...] Read more »

Review of Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire on A Discount Ticket to Everywhere

‘a fascinating read, very accessible and entertaining, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. Grandma is one of the most original characters I’ve come across for a long time and the contrast between her revelry in vampiredom and Jerne’s reluctance is very well done.’ A Discount Ticket to Everywhere   More praise for Noémi Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire: ‘a [...] Read more »

Reviews of Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire on Complete Review and Bookoxygen

‘an entertaining, sly commentary on Hungary…All in all: an odd, enjoyable literary-vampiric romp’ Complete Review ‘clever and witty piece…refreshing injection of sardonic humour into the vampire vein. Vampy Grandma, with her silk evening dresses and painted toenails is a triumph…I also admired the novel for its linguistic inventiveness’ Bookoxygen   More praise for Noémi Szécsi’s [...] Read more »

Review of Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire in the Guardian

‘a clever satire on the whole notion of Hungarian-ness, nationalism and the stereotypes of Eastern Europe…played for laughs’ Tibor Fischer, Guardian   Read an interview with Noémi Szécsi. Read Peter Sherwood’s reflections on translating The Finno-Ugrian Vampire. Buy the book on Amazon. Read more »

Review of Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons on Little Words

‘Intense and fascinating novel that questions the norm of family life as well the necessity of monogamy and the morality of sex…Plebanek’s writing is unembarrassed about sex and emotions, and is charged with a deep sadness as well as eroticism…thoughtful, unashamed, brave, and ultimately beautiful.’ Little Words   More praise for Grażyna Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons: ‘Powerfully [...] Read more »

Review of Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons on A Year of Reading the World

‘Plebanek is exceptionally good at depicting the dynamics of relationships… the author captures the minute shifts in the way we relate to one  another that force us to renegotiate our place in the world every day, if not every hour. Much of the interaction described in the novel is so natural and well-observed that reading [...] Read more »

UK Book Launch of Petra Procházková’s Freshta, 21-23 November, Sheffield, Oxford, London

We’re delighted to announce three very special events to meet our award-winning Czech author Petra Procházková and her translator Julia Sherwood.     Petra Procházková is an award-winning Czech journalist and war correspondent, humanitarian worker and writer. Petra founded the humanitarian organization Berkat for the support of children and women in Chechnya and Afghanistan and [...] Read more »

Review of Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons on To Be Read

‘For me, Illegal Liaisons works best as a novel of deception, where all the main characters are playing games, at once trying escape their pasts but also continually being coloured by rootlessness and disruption.’ To Be Read   More praise for Grażyna Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons: ‘Powerfully erotic and intelligent, this novel, set in the political capital of [...] Read more »

Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto now available on Kindle

We’re pleased to announce A.M. Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto is now available on Kindle worldwide. Please follow this link to buy Madame Mephisto Kindle edition on Amazon.co.uk. Please follow this link to buy Madame Mephisto Kindle edition on Amazon.com. If you’re using a different device you can visit our Stork Press eBook Store and buy the [...] Read more »

Noémi Szécsi at Birmingham Book Festival, 12 October

We’re very pleased to announce a special appearance of Noémi Szécsi, author of The Finno-Ugrian Vampire, at the European Literature Night event at Birmingham Book Festival, chaired by BBC journalist Rosie Goldsmith.     Friday, 12 October  Noémi Szécsi at European Literature Night with Rosie Goldsmith Birmingham Book Festival, 7.30pm Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Birmingham B1 [...] Read more »

A.M. Bakalar at Folkestone Book Festival and Writing on the Wall

Our Polish-born, London-based author A.M. Bakalar will be on tour with her debut novel Madame Mephisto in October and November. Bakalar will be talking about her book during two wonderful events; Folkestone Book Festival and Sefton Celebrates Writing with Writing on the Wall. The events are part of the Polish Book Autumnfest organised by the [...] Read more »

Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto now available as an eBook in the Stork Press eBook Store

We are thrilled to announce our first book, Madame Mephisto, by Polish-born author A.M. Bakalar, is now available as an eBook.  Madame Mephisto was amongst the readers recommendations for the Guardian First Book Award. To celebrate the publication of Madame Mephisto by A.M. Bakalar as an eBook we have a limited offer: purchase this book [...] Read more »

Review of Procházková’s Freshta on Alex in Leeds

‘Herra’s voice is a revelation, an unexpected blend of humour and pragmatism… a fantastic novel that reads as warm, intelligent fiction…funny, smart and so carefully written that it lit up a region that has, for me, been almost completely obscured by depressingly sterile documentaries and bombastic war reports until now.’ Alex in Leeds To find [...] Read more »

Grażyna Plebanek and Noémi Szécsi Book Tour Launch, 17-20 October, Oxford, London, Manchester, Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce the UK Book Tour Launch of two our wonderful authors, the bestselling Polish writer Grażyna Plebanek, and Noémi Szécsi, the Hungarian winner of the European Union Prize for Literature. Grażyna Plebanek is a bestselling, highly acclaimed author in her native Poland. Plebanek’s latest novel Illegal Liaisons is her first to [...] Read more »

Tadeusz Różewicz nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature

We are delighted to have our Polish author Tadeusz Różewicz among the candidates for the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature. Tadeusz Różewicz (b. 1921) is Poland’s foremost living writer. Remarkable for his simultaneous mastery of poetry, prose and drama, he has been previously nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature and has won many Polish and [...] Read more »

Petra Procházková’s Freshta featured on Czech Literature Portal

We are excited to see our Czech author Petra Procházková and Julia Sherwood, translator of Petra’s first novel translated into English Freshta, featured on Czech Literature Portal. The novel is due for publication in November. ‘Debut novel by acclaimed journalist and humanitarian set in post-Taliban Kabul. Among upcoming publications of Czech books in English translation [...] Read more »

Review of Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto on Winstonsdad’s Blog

‘Polish fiction / British polish fiction…a perfect example of the good girl gone bad…it maybe the first in a new line of literature to be written in English by Polish people…A.M. Bakalar here in turn giving rise to a new line of fiction like windrush’ Winstonsdad’s Blog More praise for A.M. Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto: ‘Reading and [...] Read more »

Review of Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto on To Be Read

‘Bakalar…has a sharp eye for detail, be it the business of smuggling or the tragi-comedy of the migrant experience…a very promising debut novel’ To Be Read More praise for A.M. Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto: ‘Reading and loving Madame Mephisto by A.M. Bakalar. Exceptional book.’ Deon Meyer, author of Thirteen Hours, Dead at Daybreak (shortlisted for The Sunday Times [...] Read more »

A.M. Bakalar on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, 17 August, 9pm

A.M. Bakalar, author of Madame Mephisto, will be talking about her first novel and writing in English on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire on Friday, 17 August, at 9pm. To listen please follow this link. A.M. Bakalar was born and raised in Poland before she moved to the UK in 2004. Madame Mephisto is her first novel [...] Read more »

Event: Grażyna Plebanek and Noémi Szécsi at Manchester Literature Festival, 19 October

We are very excited to announce two our wonderful authors, the bestselling Polish writer Grażyna Plebanek, and Noémi Szécsi, the Hungarian winner of the European Union Prize for Literature, will be taking part in the Manchester Literature Festival. Friday, 19 October, 7.30pm Manchester Literature Festival Sex and the Cities: Anjali Joseph, Grażyna Plebanek and Noémi [...] Read more »

Review of Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto on Literalab

‘Impressive debut novel…Madame Mephisto touches on the worlds of international crime, corporate culture, globalization and immigration and deftly manages to explore what has and hasn’t changed in Polish social mores since the end of communism through a vivid portrait of Magda’s family.’ Literalab More praise for A.M. Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto: ‘At the start you are not [...] Read more »

New Cover: Grażyna Plebanek’s lllegal Liaisons

We are delighted to share with you our new cover – Illegal Liaisons – by our wonderful Polish author Grażyna Plebanek, translated by Danusia Stok. Illegal Liaisons is a passionate novel of unstoppable physical obsession amongst a group of Brussels eurocrats. Expect the upending of stereotypes, a fair amount of profanity and a good share [...] Read more »

Madame Mephisto – Guardian First Book Award Reader Nominations

Congratulations to A.M. Bakalar! Madame Mephisto is one of the titles nominated by the readers for the Guardian First Book Award the 10th Title. ‘At the start you are not sure who you are. I liked this about the book as it was fun trying to work it out…Magda makes some great observations about Britain and [...] Read more »