Saturday 27 September 2014 -
12:00 to 16:00
Stoa tou Vivliou (Book Arcade), Athens

This Autumn, in partnership with EUNIC (European Union National Institutes of Culture), we invite you to meet a number of well-known writers from all over Europe.

Renowned writers, actors and journalists will read extracts from our guest writers’ work in the presence of the writers themselves at an event at the Book Arcade (Stoa tou Vivliou). Each reading will be followed by a conversation with the writer and will be repeated so that everyone will have the opportunity to take part in all the readings.

This year’s writers are:

  • David Harsent (British Council)
  • Pierre Assouline (French institute)
  • Xaver Bayer (Austrian Embassy)
  • Rafael Chirbes (Instituto Cervantes)
  • Tefcros Michaelides (House of Cyprus)

David Harsent will be presented by poet and translator Panayotis Ioannidis, who will also co-ordinate the discussion.

Admission is free.


Biography: David Harsent

The English poet David Harsent has published ten volumes of poetry: most recently, Fire Songs, published by Faber and Faber in August this year. His English versions of poems by Yannis Ritsos, In Secret, appeared in the UK in 2012 and in the USA in 2013. Night, published in January 2011, won the Griffin International Poetry Prize, was Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring 2011 and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize. Harsent is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton.

Harsent will read poems from his latest collection Fire Songs (August 2014) and his award-winning Night, along with versions of poems by Yannis Ritsos from his collection In Secret, which constitutes a homage to one of Greece’s finest and most celebrated poets.


For further information, please contact Maria Papaioannou:

Telephone 210 369 2336