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The Book of Riga Launch 0

In April, I had the pleasure of hosting the launch of Comma Press’s The Book of Riga at Housmans bookshop in London. 

As part of the festivities I interviewed two authors who contributed short stories to the anthology: Svens Kuzmins and Dace Ruksane.

The launch came at the end of the 2018 London Book Fair week – the Baltic countries being this year’s market focus.




The Nordic Riveter 0

In autumn 2017 I once again edited (with Riveter-in-Chief Rosie Goldsmith) The Riveter, the European Literature Network’s print magazine.

This edition was our longest so far, and was devoted to literature from the Nordic countries. Esteemed Norwegian crime writer Gunnar Staalesen was our guest editor, and we were honoured to include content from luminaries from across the region, including an exclusive extract from celebrated Icelandic author, Sjón’s Codex 1962.

Free copies of the magazine were distributed at events across the UK – and in Europe too.

Click here to download a pdf of the magazine.


Interview with The Book Trail 0

In August, I was interviewed by award-winning book blogger The Book Trail. The focus of the Q&A was The Riveter magazine, which I edit, and the European Literature Network, which I write and edit for; but we also discussed my work for Orenda Books and how I came to work in publishing and arts journalism.

You can read the interview here: http://www.thebooktrail.com/translated-fiction-european-literature-network/


An Interview with Translator Don Bartlett 0

In September my interview with Norwegian < English translator, Don Bartlett was published on the  ELit Literature House Europe website and the European Literature Network.

I have worked with Don on his translations of Gunnar Staalesen’s crime novels for Orenda Books; and in preparation for the interview, I took my first plunge into Karl Ove Knausgaard’s remarkable work.

The result was a comparison between two contemporary greats of Norwegian literature. The results were fascinating.

An interview with translator Don Bartlett by West Camel


An interview with John Donatich of Yale University Press 0

IMG_0432Having reviewed the two translations of Máirtin Ó Cadhain’s seminal Irish-language work, Cré na Cille that YUP’s Margellos World Republic of Letters published this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing John Donatich, Yale’s Director.

Our discussion about the motivations behind publishing two translations of the same book within the same year, and the significance of Ó Cadhain’s masterpiece can be found both here on the European Literature Network website, and here on Elit’s observatory of European literature.




Garden of Ideas presentation to the House of Lords 0


On 24 June I joined Simon Elliott and the rest of his Garden of Ideas team at the Palace of Westminster to present this extraordinary arts and entertainment project at an event for the House of Lords, hosted by Baroness Lola Young.

Speakers including architects Jolyon Brewis, Jerry Tate and Neil Thomas, theatre producer Jenny King, Auro Foxcroft of Village Underground, Richard Parry from UKTI and development expert Katie Kopec presented their views on this ambitious, large-scale arts and entertainment social enterprise to an audience of lords and arts and enterprise experts.

There were also video presentations from, among others, the British Council’s Graham Sheffield and Tim Smit of the Eden Project. Images and videos of the event, plus the full line-up of speakers can be found here.

At the reception afterwards I interviewed many of the participants, with Be The Image  media consultants doing the filming.

Visit www.gardenofideas.org and follow @GdnOfIdeas for more information about this revolutionary new arts, culture, entertainment and environmental concept.




Garden of Ideas/ Ahh… Arts Igniting Minds 0

I am currently working with Ahh… artistic director, Simon Elliott, on his major arts project, Garden of Ideas. GOI will be a large-scale visitor attraction – combining arts and popular culture in spectacular cavernous halls beneath a hill-shaped pleasure garden.Gif_GOI-Logo_v2.3

I write copy for Ahh… and GOI, articulate the project mission, advise on narrative and story, and work as writer for GOI incubation projects.

Recently, I interviewed Graham Sheffield, Director Arts at the British Council, about GOI:



Korean fiction – editing, reviews and author interview 0

While at Dalkey Archive Press, I edited two books from their Library of Korean Literature – published in association with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea: The Republic of Uzupis by Hailji and Scenes from the Enlightenment by Kim Namcheon.

List, LTI Korea’s English-language magazine, asked me to review two of the books from the Library of Korean Literature that I hadn’t edited.

My review of Pavane for a Dead Princess by Park Min-gyu is here. My review of Another Man’s City by Ch’oe In-ho is here.

I subsequently interviewed Hailji – author of The Republic of Uzupis – at The Korean Cultural Centre in London.