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Balkan London Event on 19 April 18.30

Dedalus & Istros come together for a joint celebration of short story writing from the Balkans, in two new collections published this spring on Wednesday 19th April 18.30 at The Grove Bar & Restaurant, Hammersmith, London, W6 0NQ
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Join proud publishers, translators and authors in a literary evening to celebrate the publication of two new anthologies focused on writing from the region. There will be readings from the books from author Olja Knezevic and translators Will Firth and Olivia Hellewell and we shall toast the voyages of these wonderful collections out into the reading world!

Take Six: Six Balkan Women Writers is a volume that brings together six unique female voices: Magdalena Blazevic, Tatjana Gromaca, Vesna Peric, Natali Spasova, Sonja Zivaljevic and Ana Svetel from six countries that were part of Yugoslavia until the early 1990s.Elements of a common history shine through in this smorgasbord of classic short stories, travel writing, diarylike accounts and stand-alone chapters from a hard-hitting novel. Despite the intervening wars and crises, the six republics of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia are 'reunited' - albeit briefly - in this collection.

Balkan Bombshells is a collection to whet the appetite of anyone wishing to learn more about a region rich in history, folklore and stories. Telling it like a woman does not mean literature for women only: it provides an insight into half of humanity, a window onto the lives of citizens who work, love and develop their inner lives. Balkan Bombshells brings together established Serbian and Montenegrin writers like the social activist Svetlana Slapsak, Jelena Lengold (winner of the EU Prize for Literature 2013), Dana Todorovic (The Tragic Fate of Moritz Toth, Istros 2016) and Olja Knezevic (Catherine the Great and the Small, Istros 2020), together with a select group of up-coming writers