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23 Aug 2006 00:00 - 24 Aug 2006 00:00

Alexandra Berkova & Magdalena Platzova

A rare and welcome chance to hear the literary voices of Eastern Europe. Two prominent Czech women writers make a special visit to the International Book Festival in Edinburgh bringing resonant prose, stories and much-needed perspective on nations which have undergone turbulent change.


Tickets: www.edbookfest.co.uk or call 0845 373 5888



Supported by: Literature Across Frontiers




Povídky: Short Stories by Czech Women, Saqi Books, 2006

Edited by Nancy Hawker


Bringing together authors of different generations, styles and backgrounds – including, for the first time in an English translation, two stories by Czech Roma – this collection expresses women’s multiple perspectives on social and intimate issues with by turns caustic and sensitive insight into human nature.


Nancy Hawker is reading Languages and Cultures at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Raised in France and the Czech Republic, she has studied English, French, Czech, Hebrew and Arabic literature.



Svatava Antošová

Alexandra Berková

Tera Fabiánová

Viola Fischerová

Sabrina Karasová

Květa Legátová

Erika Olahová

Magdaléna Platzová

Lenka Reinerová

Kateřina Rudčenková

Kateřina Sidonová

Věra Stiborová

Alena Vostrá

Anna Zonová


Alexandra Berková was born in 1949. A well-known television producer as well as a novelist, she is also a famous feminist who deals with issues of relationship breakdown. Knížka s červeným obalem (‘Little Book With a Red Cover’, 1986) was her publishing debut and made her name, but excerpts of her later work have also been published in English anthologies. She teaches in Prague.


For more information about Alexandra Berkova click here.



Magdaléna Platzová was born in 1972 in Prague. She studied philosophy at Charles University, Prague, and worked as freelance translator and journalist until 2001 when she became the literary editor of the Czech cultural weekly Literární noviny. She is the author of three theatre plays and her prose and poetry has been published in the journal Souvislosti and literary supplement of the daily Právo. In her book Sul, ovce a kamení (Salt, Sheep and Stones, 2003), a collection of loosely linked stories set in Dalmatia and Prague, the turbulent history of the region is reflected in the lives of several generations of characters. Her second book, a novel entitled Návrat poítelkyni (The Return of a Friend), is was published in 2004.





Do not miss the authors' reading in London :


24.8.2006, 6.30 for 7pm

Embassy of the Czech Republic

Kensington Palace Gardens, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QY

Space is limited, booking necessary

RSVP on events.london@embassy.mzv.cz or 020 7229 2911


25.8.2006, 6.30pm

Borders Charing Cross

Charing Cross Road, 122 Charing Cross Rd, London, WC2H 0JR

Tel: 0207 379 8877

For more information click here



30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


From: 23 Aug 2006 00:00
To: 24 Aug 2006 00:00


Literature across Frontiers

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