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Peirene Spring Salon 2018 with Nora Ikstena

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Evenings of literature, conversation, dinner and wine.

'A combination of fringe theatre, psychiatrist's couch, conversazione society and flirtation parlour, the Peirene salon is unlike any other literary gathering. It was intellectually stimulating but full of laughter, argumentative but friendly, seriously focussed on the Novel but without forgetting the Wine. And Meike Ziervogel -- gracious, beautiful and just slightly wicked -- is the best salonniere since Madame Geoffrin in 18th century Paris.' John Walsh, The Independent


24th February 2018: Nora Ikstena, author of Peirene No 25, Soviet Milk

The bestseller that took the Baltics by storm now for the first time in English.

This novel considers the effects of Soviet rule on a single individual. The central character is deprived first of her professional future, then of her identity and finally of her relationship with her daughter. Banished to a village in the Latvian countryside, her sense of isolation increases. Will she and her daughter be able to return to Riga when political change begins to stir?

Nora Ikstena is one of the most successful Latvian authors of her generation. Publishing her first novel in 1998 she has written over twenty books since. She has won numerous awards such as the Three Star Medal for Literature and the Baltic Assembly Prize. Soviet Milk, her most recent novel, won the 2015 Annual Literature Award for Best Prose along with the Dzintars Sodums Prize.


Further 2018 Salons:

16th June 2018: Vytene Muschick, Lithuanian author and translator, and friend of the late Dalia Grinkevičiutė, author of Peirene No 26, Shadows on the Tundra

At the age of 21, Dalia escapes the Siberian gulag and returns to her home in Lithuania. She writes her memories on scraps of paper and buries them in the garden, fearing they might be discovered by the KGB. They are not found until 1991, four years after her death.

This is the story Dalia buried. The immediacy of her writing bears witness not only to the suffering she endured but also the hope that sustained her. An amazing, beautiful piece of survival literature.

Vytene Muschick, translator of the German edition of Shadows on the Tundra, was close friends with Dalia Grinkevičiutė before her death. Having known Dalia, and worked on this autobiography, Vytene is the most direct link we now have to the author.

Praise for Vytene's German edition:

A distressing historic document and a literary work of great significance.’ Andreas Breitenstein, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

An incredible force of language ... the story of constant indignation.’ Regina Mönch, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


15th September 2018: Guđmundur Andri Thorsson, author of Peirene No 27 And The Wind Sees All

On a summer’s day a young woman in a polka-dot dress cycles down the main street of an Icelandic fishing village. Her name is Kata and she is the choir conductor. As she passes, we glimpse the members of the village: a priest with a gambling habit, an old brother and sister who have not talked for years and a sea captain who has lost his son. But perhaps the most interesting story of all belongs to the young woman on the bicycle. Why is she reticent to talk about her past?

Guđmundur Andri Thorsson was born in 1957 in Reykjavik. He works as a writer, translator, editor and newspaper columnist and has published ten books, including four novels. The Wind Sees All was nominated for The Nordic Council Literary Prize 2012 and chosen as one of the fifty best books published in Denmark in 2014. It is Thorsson’s first time to be translated into English.


1st December 2018: Peirene Now! Commission No 3, Shatila Stories. With Suhir Helal, Editor. Meike Ziervogel, Publisher. Paul Romans, photographer. And hopefully a couple of the authors (if we're able to secure the visas).

Peirene's 2018 commission, Shatila Stories, tells a single narrative of the Shatila refugee camp, written by nine Syrian and Palistinian refugees.

There is a girl whose father wants to pay for a debt at the grocer's by marrying her off, a man whose best friend is killed by the low hanging electric cables in the camp, a Palestinian boy who has a visa to travel to Canada but with a grandmother who stands in his way, and a young woman who falls in love with a freedom fighter.

Peirene Meike Ziervogel and the Syrian editor Suhir Helal travelled to the camp in 2017 to run creative writing workshops, while Paul Romans accompanied them to take photograhs. The writers, all of whom live in the camp, will join us if it possible to secure visas for them to journey to the UK.


Doors open at 7.30pm. The evening starts with drinks, and the reading will commence at 8.15pm, followed by dinner and wine. Whiskey and coffee are served at 11pm.

Tickets for each salon: £15 for Peirene 2016 subscribers, £25for non-Peirene subscribers.

We're also offering an Under-25s ticket for this salon, at £15.

You can buy one ticket for a reduced price of £40 for all three 2017 Peirene Salons.

To become a Peirene subscriber, click here.

Please note, we can not offer refunds for non-attendance or cancelled tickets.

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