Institut Ramon LLull

The Catalan poet Jordi Larios participates in the European Writers' Festival in London.


This is the second edition of this European literary event, created by EUNIC London, the local cluster of the network of European cultural institutes with a presence in the capital of the United Kingdom.

This year’s European Writers’ Festival will take place in London on 18 and 19 May and will focus on the concept of “Transformation”. Thirty authors will participate in various round tables representing their European countries of origin.

After discussing the topics of each round table, the authors will read excerpts of their work, which will be translated into English, and sign copies of their books. These sessions will be held at the British Library in London, in collaboration with the Festival together with the European Literature Network, an association dedicated to the promotion of European literature in the United Kingdom. The event's curator is Rosie Goldsmith, a journalist and editor of the literary magazine The Riveter, and director of the European Literature Network.

The round table dedicated to "Transformation through Translation" (18 May) will be attended by the Catalan poet, academic and translator Jordi Larios along with the following authors: Joanna Elmi (Bulgaria), Simone Atangana Bekono (Netherlands) and Ioana Pârvulescu (Romania). Will Forrester, head of the English PEN literary translation support programme, will moderate the session.

Jordi Larios was born in Palafrugell in 1959 and holds a PhD in Catalan Philology. He is currently a professor at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He has published four collections of poetry: Home sol (1984), El cop de la destral (2006), Rendezvous (2013), and En vespres grocs (2020). In 2023, Fum d'Estampa Press published In Yellow Evenings, a bilingual Catalan-English edition of his poetry anthology, translated by Ronald Puppo, an expert in translating classical Catalan poetry into English. Among others, Larios has translated works by Oscar Wilde, Henry James, Dorothy Parker, Anthony Powell and Robert Coover into Catalan. Larios was a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Cardiff University and Senior Lecturer in Catalan Studies at Queen Mary University of London, where he directed the Centre for Catalan Studies. His participation in this literary event is supported by the Institut Ramon Llull.

The European Writers’ Festival is organised by EUNIC London. In June 2022, the Institut Ramon Llull became a member of the London cluster of EUNIC, a network of European national cultural institutes and entities. EUNIC London currently has 37 members who work collaboratively to share knowledge and resources in order to promote culture and foster greater cultural cooperation among European nations and UK organisations.

The EUNIC network is headquartered in Brussels (EUNIC Global) and is structured through 140 clusters in different cities around the world. These clusters promote European cultural and artistic projects in fields such as literature, music, cinema and the performing arts are promoted.

The IRL's membership in this structure enables it to work collaboratively with the members of each cluster and participate in many initiatives. It also facilitates access to European cultural projects for Catalan creators.

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