Bridget Guzner: Hungarica at the British Library or the Extraordinary Journey of the Books of a Hungarian Collector

Bridget Guzner will talk about the birth of what subsequently became the second largest collection of Hungarian books held in any library outside Hungary. After his employment as full-time assistant in 1838, Thomas Watts started acquiring books in all languages for the  British Museum Library. With the steady increase of funds, this process culminated in … Read more

14th February, 7pm: A reading by Clive Wilmer and George Gömöri to introduce Clive Wilmer’s New and Collected Poems recently published by Carcanet Press.

Apart from Clive Wilmer’s own poetry the book contains over fifty translations, including thirty-six from the Hungarian. They will also be introducing their recently published translations of János Pilinszky’s poems Passio. Clive Wilmer teaches at the University of Cambridge, where he is Emeritus Fellow in English at Sidney Sussex College and an Affiliated Lecturer in … Read more

17 January, 7pm, Mátyás Sárközi: Párban magányban (Together Yet Alone)

Please note this talk will be in Hungarian Since the political changes of 1989 the London-based writer Mátyás Sárközi has published eighteen books in Hungary: essays, short-stories, diaries, monographs, urban sociography, literary history and two novels. Age does not seem to stop him producing new works almost every year. This year he turned 75 and in a … Read more