Episode 31: Bloc Party
The Special Relationship presents Istros Books’s ‘Best of Croatian Short Fiction’
For the London Book Fair, the Special Relationship with Istros Books and the Croatian Ministry of Culture present an evening of the finest short fiction. We have three readers followed by wine and nibbles.
The readers for the evening are:
LUCY CALDWELL, multi-award winning author of three novels: Where They Were Missed (2006), The Meeting Point (2011), and All the Beggars Riding (2013). Her works have been chosen as BBC’s Book at Bedtime, Belfast’s and Derry’s One City One Book initiative, a Fiction Uncovered choice and shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year. Her stage plays and radio dramas have also won awards including the George Devine Award and the Imison Award.
In 2011 she was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for her body of work to date and in 2012 she was the recipient of a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
EDO POPOVIĆ was born in Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in 1968, together with his family, he moved to Zagreb. He studied at Zagreb’s Faculty of Philosophy, received a degree in comparative literature, and completed his studies of Croatian language and Yugoslav literature. He now lives in Gornja Stranica, a small village in the Ribnik municipality.
His publications include collections of stories Ponoćni boogie (Midnight Boogie – 1987; second extended edition 2002), San žutih zmija (Dream of Yellow Snakes – 2000) and Tetovirane priče (Tattooed Tales – 2006, illustrated by Igor Hofbauer); novels Izlaz Zagreb Jug (2003; Zagreb, Exit South, Ooligan Press, 2005), Oči (2007) and Lomljenje vjetra (2011); while his short novel Dečko, dama, kreten, drot (2005) together with his novellas Koncert za tequilu i apaurin (2002) and Plesačica iz Blue Bara (2004) was turned into a “trilogy of hallucinations, dance and shooting” and published in 2006 under the title Igrači. His autobiographical writings and essays were published in Kameni pas (2001) and Priručnik za hodače (2009). His work has been translated into English, German, Polish and Slovene and included in many anthologies. The third, complete edition of his celebrated collection of stories was just released under the title Ponoćni boogie i druge priče to mark the 25th anniversary of its first publication.
ROMAN SIMIĆ BODROŽIĆ was born in Zadar. He holds a degree in Spanish Language and Literature and Comparative Literature from the University of Zagreb. He served as the editor of Quorum, one of Croatia’s most important literary magazines, and, for the past 13 years, is the director of the Festival of the European Short Story, an annual gathering held in Croatia that brings renowned short story writers from Europe and elsewhere.
His publications include U trenutku kao u divljini (poetry, 1996), which was a runner-up for the Goran Poetry Prize, Mjesto na kojem ćemo provesti noć (short stories, 2000), U što se zaljubljujemo (short stories, 2005), which won him the Jutarnji list Prize for the best Croatian book of fiction in 2005, and Nahrani me (short stories, 2012). This last collection won the 2013 Kiklop Prize for the best Croatian book of fiction, and one of the stories from the collection won the annual Ranko Marinković Prize for the best short story (awarded by the Večernji list daily). His books were translated into German, Spanish, Slovenian, Polish, and Macedonian, and his texts were included in various anthologies.
Roman Simić Bodrožić lives in Zagreb and works as an editor at Fraktura Publishing.
This event is free but please RSVP via WeGotTickets
Tuesday April 8 at The Grove Bar & Restaurant
83 Hammersmith Grove, W6 0NQ
Show starts at 7.30, with drinks and Croatian nibbles to follow.