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 London for Litro Live! Join us on the Upper Concourse of London’s iconic St Pancras International Station at The Betjamen Arms for an evening of inspiration (and probably a few drinks). Whether you are into short stories, spoken word, literary talk or just a jolly good time, it’s going to be a great night, and best of all it’s FREE so bring your friends!


Speakers include:

Grażyna Plebanek (Stork Press)

Grażyna Plebanek is a bestselling, highly acclaimed author in her native Poland. Plebanek’s latest novel Illegal Liaisons (translated by Danusia Stok) was published in October 2012 and was voted Best Book of 2012. In 2011 Plebanek was awarded the Literary Prize Zlote Sowy for her contribution to promoting Poland abroad. She lives in Brussels, Belgium.

A.M. Bakalar (Stork Press)

A.M. Bakalar was born and raised in Poland. She lived in Germany, France, Sicily and Canada before she moved to the UK in 2004. Madame Mephisto, published in April 2012, is her first novel and was among readers recommendations to the 2012 Guardian First Book Award. She is the first Polish woman to publish a novel in English since Poland joined EU in 2004. A.M. Bakalar lives with her partner, a drum and bass musician, in London.

Wioletta Grzegorzewska (Off_Press)

Poet, writer, editor. Her poetry volumes include Wyobraźnia kontrolowana (Częstochowa 1998), Parantele (Częstochowa 2003), Orinoko (Tychy 2008), Inne obroty (Toronto – Rzeszów 2010), Smena’s Memory (English language collection, London 2011) and Notatnik z Wyspy (Częstochowa 2012). Her poems have been published in the following literary journals: “Arterie”, “Arkusz”, “OFF_Press”, “Studium”, “Tygiel Kultury” and “Zeszyty Literackie”. She won the “Tyska Zima Poetycka” prize for the publication of a volume of post-debut poetry. Her poems have been translated into English. In 2006, she left Poland and moved to the UK, where she currently resides in the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Jacek Dehnel (Dedalus)

Jacek Dehnel (born 1980) is a poet, novelist, painter and translator. In 2005 he was one of the youngest ever winners of Poland’s Koscielski Prize for promising new writers. He studied Polish Literature at Warsaw University then wrote his PHD thesis on the Polish translations of Philip Larkin, some of whose poetry he has translated himself. He has published four volumes of his own poetry which has been widely translated, including into English.

and 2012’s UK Slam Champion Adam Kammerling. Music from avant-garde harpist and Rockabilly Gypsy Jazz pioneer Lucinda Belle and DJ Liminal Londoner.

This event is organised in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute in London.