The programme for the very first Transylvanian book festival has been finalised. The event will run in the old Saxon villages of Richis, Biertan and Copsa Mare in the beautiful Carpathian mountains of Romania from 5-9 September. The festival programme includes lunches and dinner and some great excursions. How Paddy would have enjoyed the talk and the company!
There is still time to book your place by visiting http://www.transylvanianbookfestival.co.uk/ or contacting the organiser, Lucy Abel-Smith direct on +44 1285 750 358/888 or email: lucy[at]realityandbeyond.co.uk
The line-up is varied with a range of talks, discussions and music.
- Michael Jacobs. Memories of Transylvania and other writers.
- Jessica Douglas Home Once Upon Another Time. The threatened destruction of Transylvanian villages.
- Tony Scotland A Journey through Eastern Europe before Christmas 1989
- Nick Hunt Walking the Woods and the Water
- Michael Jacobs will be in conversation with Beatrice Rezzori Monti della Corte and William Blacker.
- Professor Roy Foster “Transylvania Is Not England”: Bram Stoker and the location of Dracula
- Hans Schaas and Sara Dootz in conversation with Caroline Fernolend and Andrea Rost about life in the Saxon Villages before the early 1990s.
- William Blacker Along the Enchanted Way.
- An evening of the poetry of Stephen Watts and Claudiu Komartin.
- The Medias Choir singing some music from the Siebenbürgen and from Georg Meyndt, (1852-1903) from Richis.
- A recital of music by Enescu and Bartók by Carina Raducanu, Eugen Dumitrescu with violinist Ioana Voicu.
- Countess Salnikoff will talk about her grandfather, Miklós Bánffy whose trilogy the Writing on the Wall must rank amongst the greatest works of 20th century literature. In conversation with publisher of Arcadia Books, Gary Pulsifer.
- Jaap Scholten reads from Comrade Baron, and then in conversation with some of those with first hand experience of the early fifties in Communist Romania.
- Artemis Cooper will talk about the subject of her recent biography, Paddy Leigh Fermor, whose writings of pre-war Transylvania, in Between the Woods and the Water influenced many of this festival’s authors.
Sounds wonderful – I hope everything goes well. Do you know if Comrade Baron will be available in the UK?