We have started up a Polish reading group and invite readers of Polish with some involvement in or awareness of the UK publishing market to join. The focus is on contemporary literary fiction. The group is being organised by Tasja Dorkofikis (editor of PEN Atlas), and Antonia Lloyd-Jones (translator), who have picked out some titles to set the ball rolling. Meetings to discuss each book will be held in London roughly every four to six weeks. Dates and location to be found by scrolling down below.
The books identified for discussion at the next meeting are: Kazimierz Brandys’s Wariacje Pocztowe (Postal Variations, Aneks, 1989) and Filip Springer’s Miedzianka, The Story of a Disappearance (Czarne, 2011).
Please add your comments to the author pages below. We’d love to see you at the meetings if possible. This form of discussion, on line and in person, may provide a publishing opportunity for a book that deserves to be translated into English.
- Joanna Bator
- Wojciech Kuczok
- Sylwia Chutnik
- Michał Witkowski
- Piotr Paziński
- Igor Ostachowicz
- Angelika Kuźniak
- Lidia Ostałowska
- Kazimierz Brandys
- Filip Springer
How it works
- Extracts in English are being added to this website where possible – see the relevant author’s page. All the books are available from the Merlin website as print or e-books.
- Read the excerpts, then comment online via the author pages.
- Come to a meet-up to discuss what has been read. You can be sure of lively, well informed discussion.
Where and When
12 February 2013 – Present
The first meeting, to discuss Joanna Bator’s Ciemno, Prawie Noc, will be held on Tuesday 12 February, 7pm, at The Coach and Horses, a gastropub at 26-28 Ray Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3DJ.
The second meeting, to discuss Piotr Paziński’s Pensjonat and Wojciech Kuczok’s Gnój, will be held on Monday 29 April, 7pm, at The Coach and Horses.
The third meeting, to discuss Morfina by Stefan Twardoch and Male Lisy by Justyna Bargielska will be held on Tuesday 2 July, 7pm, at The Coach and Horses.
The fourth meeting, to discuss Sylwia Chutnik’s Cwaniary and Igor Ostachowicz’s Noc żywych Żydów, will be held on Tuesday 1 October, 7pm, at The Coach and Horses.
The fifth meeting, to discuss Michał Witkowski’s The Lumberjack, will be held on Tuesday 19 November, 7pm, at The Coach and Horses.
Our sixth meeting will be held on Tuesday 14 January 2014, 7pm, at The Coach and Horses.
Our seventh meeting will be held on Tuesday 18 March, 7pm, at The Coach and Horses, a gastropub at 26-28 Ray Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3DJ a gastropub at 26-28 Ray Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3DJ. (Ray Street is opposite the Free Word Centre and the nearest tubes are Chancery Lane, Farringdon, or King’s Cross)
Discussion at the March meeting will be of Kazimierz Brandys’s Wariacje Pocztowe (Postal Variations) and Filip Springer’s Miedzianka, The Story of a Disappearance.
Previous titles discussed
The books discussed in winter-spring 2013 were: Joanna Bator’s Ciemno, Prawie Noc (Dark, Almost Night) – discussed at our first meeting in February; Piotr Paziński’s Pensjonat (The Boarding House) and Wojciech Kuczok’s Gnój,– discussed at our second meeting in late April; Morfina by Stefan Twardoch and Male Lisy by Justyna Bargielska – discussed at our third meeting in July.
The books discussed for summer 2013 – spring 2014 included: Cwaniary (Hustlers) by Sylwia Chutnik, Noc żywych Żydów (Night of the Living Jews) by Igor Ostachowicz – to be discussed at our third meeting in early October – Drwal (The Lumberjack) by Michał Witkowski, Szopka (Farce) by Zosia Papużanska, Na krótko (Briefly) by Inga Iwasiów, Angelika Kuźniak’s Papusza and Lidia Ostałowska’s Farby Wodne (Water Colours).