Institut Ramon LLull




Sant Jordi in London at Borough Market on Sunday 22 April

Culture.  London,  22/04/2018

Sant Jordi / St George is celebrated both in England and Catalonia. In recognition of this, the Catalan Government and organisations join up once again with London Borough Market to present a festive day of arts, roses and books on Sunday 22 April 2018 from 12pm to 4pm. Newham Bookshop will join us once again with a book stall with translations of Catalan literature. Free event, all welcome! 


The romantic Catalan custom of exchanging roses and books with their loved ones will be one of the attractions of the Catalan stand at Borough Market. The idea could not be simpler: traditionally men offered roses to women and in exchange for the flowers the women gave books as gifts. Nowadays, both men and women exchange books and roses. 
So books could not be missed at this festivity!

Once again, Newham Bookshop and Institut Ramon Llull will bring a book stall to the market, which will sell some of the most important English translations of Catalan literature. 

Mercè Rodoreda’s Death in Spring (translated by Martha Tennent and Introduction by Colm Tóibín), Alicia Kopf's Brother in Ice, and more will be sold during our Sant Jordi celebration. Death in Spring was published by world-renowned publisher Penguin on 5 April 2018. Brother in Ice will be published by And Other Stories on 23 April 2018. 

We will also have a book signing by Catalan poet Noèlia Díaz Vicedo. Noèlia Diaz Vicedo is a poet, academic and translator. She has published her poetry in various magazines in Spain and USA (Quadern de les idees, les arts i les lletres, Trafika Europe: Penn State University, Reduccions: Girona, Kokoro: Barcelona). Her poems have also appeared in Donzelles de l’any 2000, antologia de dones poetes dels Països Catalans (Editorial Mediterrània, 2014) and also in Autisme, trenquem el silenci amb la poesia (Editorial Viena, 2014). She has performed her poetry around UK and Spain (National Poetry Day London Waterstones, 2014, Surrey Poetry Festival, 2014, Setmana del llibre en Català, Barcelona, 2013, La poesía española en el siglo XXI, Madrid, 2017, Jocs Florals Cambridge, 2014,etc.). As a translator she has published along with poet Montserrat Abelló the book The Body’s Reason (Francis Boutle Publishers, 2014) by Maria-Mercè Marçal from Catalan and poems by several authors included in the magazine Alba Londres. Culture in Translation where she was a co-editor (2011-2015).

There will be a rich cultural programme, with the support of the Catalan community in the United Kingdom: performances by the London Catalan Choir, Castellers of London, who will show you the art of making Catalan human towers, and performances with some storytelling of the legend of St George and the dragon. Moreover, Escola Catalana (Catalan School, in English) will offer a dragons workshop for kids. 

In parallel, Jocs Florals prize awarding will take place at CatalansUK stand.

Finally, and for the first time this year, the Catalan community in London will commemorate the work of Muriel Casals by honouring her daughter with the Carrasco i Formiguera medal.


Free event

​St George’s Day: the Catalan day of love and culture
Borough Market
Sunday 22 April // 12pm to 4pm


A consortium of:

Generalitat de CatalunyaGovern Illes BalearsAjuntament de Barcelona

This website uses its own and third party cookies to offer better browsing. By browsing in it the user agrees to the way we use cookies. Users can prevent cookies from being generated and erase them by using the options on their browser. Blocking cookies may mean that some of this website’s services and options do not work properly.

Cookies are small pieces of data that websites send to browsers and which are stored in users’ devices: computers, mobile telephones, tablets, and so on. Their purpose is to improve the experience of using the website, as these archives make it possible for the website to remember information about the user’s visits, such as preferred options or language. In this way the website personalizes its content and becomes more agile and useful for the user.

By browsing this website users agree to cookies being installed in their equipment that enable us to find out the following information:

Types of cookies

This website uses session, or temporary, cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies merely keep data while the user is visiting the website. Persistent cookies store the data on the device’s hard drive so that it will be accessible in more than one session.

Depending on the type of data obtained the website can use technical cookies.

These allow users to browse the webpage and use the different options or services it contains. For example, controlling data traffic and communication, identifying the session, entering restricted access areas, requesting enrolment or participation in an event, using security features while browsing and storing content.

Personalization cookies.

These allow users to access the website with some general characteristics that are either already predefined in their hard drive or defined by the user. For example, the language, the type of browser used to access the website, the chosen content design, the geo-location of the device or the regional configuration from where access takes place.

Statistical analysis cookies

These make it possible to monitor and analyse the behaviour of visitors to the website. The information gathered is used to measure a website’s activity and to produce users’ browsing history, making it possible to improve the service.

Third party cookies

Third party cookies that manage and improve the services offered can also be installed. For example, statistics services like Google Analytics.

Managing the cookies in my browser

Users can allow, block or erase the cookies installed in their device by configuring the browsing options.

If the use of cookies in the browser is blocked, some services or functions of the webpage may not be available