European Literature Network: ELNet Needs You!

by European Literature Network in United Kingdom

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Help us continue promoting Europe’s outstanding literature in the UK in our unique way, keeping the UK's connections with Europe strong.

by European Literature Network in United Kingdom

The European Literature Network needs you!


1616349968_screenshot_2021-03-21_at_19.05.54.pngFor over ten years, the European Literature Network has been championing European literature in the United Kingdom. From incredible events bringing together authors, translators, readers and publishers from France to Georgia to the Low Countries, to our active and original website, the Riveter magazines celebrating the best writing from Poland to Romania, Switzerland and the Baltics, we are immensely proud of our achievements. We want to continue rolling out the red carpet for European Literature - and for this, we need your support. 

From the outset, the goal of our director, Rosie (The Riveter) Goldsmith, was to promote ‘riveting’ writing from across Europe and to make it accessible to bookshops, universities, libraries and festivals – to everyone across the UK for free. For ten years we have achieved this. Then Brexit happened, Covid came and we lost our core funding, but we believe that never has ELNet’s positive and professional networking been more necessary. However, we can’t do this with empty coffers. In order to continue sharing and promoting Europe’s outstanding literature and culture in the UK in our unique way, to support our specialist team of ELNeters and to keep the United Kingdom’s connections with Europe strong and fruitful, we need money. There are still many Riveters to publish, new partners and contacts to meet, events to celebrate, and an abundance of new European writing to discover – the show must go on!

With your help, we can continue our work, as well as building on the all-important idea of networking - offering a space, physical and online, for authors, translators, readers and publishers from all over Europe to collaborate, to showcase their writing and share their love for literature.

We are therefore seeking donations and sponsors. We would be grateful for any donation, small or large, to help us to continue the work we are so passionate about - for you, for Britain and for Europe.


What do we do?


Riveting Writing!

1616245097_dutch-riveter.jpgAt ELNet, we are incredibly proud of our ‘Riveter’ magazines, available to everyone for free, in print, and online. In the last ten years, we have published expertly curated magazines of literature from Poland, Russia, The Balkans, the Nordic countries, Switzerland, Germany and Romania, along with a very special edition of the Riveter magazine that brought together Queer writing from across Europe. The latest, our 9th edition, focuses on all things Dutch and was launched just last week in collaboration with the British Library. This star-studded evening of celebration was a sparkling cabaret of live art and music and readings and discussions with featured authors and translators.

Each Riveter magazine is passionately researched and compiled by the ELNet team, along with a special guest editor. This results in fantastic magazines featuring outstanding European writing. The Riveter’s biggest goal is to share and promote literature in translation and literature yet to be published in English from across Europe. As you can see, we have already worked to bring together and promote literature from many European shores, however, there is still so much great writing out there that we want to bring to you – for free!  

Read all of 'The Riveters' online here

Order hard copies of the Romanian and Dutch 'Riveters' here


Events

Here is just a taste of some of the brilliant events ELNet held in 2020…

1616245400_unknown.pngRomania Rocks was a month-long Romanian literature festival held in Autumn 2020 in collaboration with the Romanian Cultural Institute London. The festival brought together Romanian and British writers, poets, translators, publishers, illustrators and musicians, with over ninety artists participating across thirty incredible events. Readings, performances and discussions centred around fantastic Romanian literature, and some of the biggest global literary names appeared at the festival, including Elif Shafak, Norman Manea, Deborah Levy, Ian Rankin and Ben Okri1616245819_maxresdefault.jpgFestivities ended in style with a brilliant finale: a live rock concert from the lead singer of Publika. We filmed and recorded everything and made it available for free on our YouTube Channel. It was a truly triumphant festival, and we are incredibly proud of it. With your support, we could organise many more special events and festivals like this. Explore the Romania Rocks Festival here

1616245894_unknown-1.pngIn December 2020, we collaborated with Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, and the Swiss Embassy in London to create the first-ever UK-Swiss Publishing Book Fair. This was a day-long, online event that consisted of panels with authors, translators, publishers and literary festival directors, and covered all aspects of the UK-Swiss book trade. The idea was to promote Swiss writing in the UK and encourage more translation and publication1616245962_panel-4-scaled-e1607447331655.jpgThe finale of this fantastic day was the launch of 'The Twelve Nights', by Urs Faes, translated by Jamie Lee Searle. If our crowdfunding campaign is successful, ELNet could continue to produce many more ‘firsts’, uniting authors, translators and publishers from across Europe. Explore the UK-Swiss Publishing Day here

Our Fr1616246256_screenshot_2021-03-20_at_14.16.17.pngench Book Week, held in the summer of 2020, was a feast of all things French. Once again it was held entirely online (as a BBC broadcaster my media skills have come in handy this past year!) and aimed to promote French literature in the UK. On Monday, the focus was1616246273_screenshot_2021-03-20_at_14.17.19.png on French authors, followed by ‘Translator’s Tuesday’, and reviews of French literature on Wednesday. Thursday focused on French poetry, followed by French publishers on Friday. The week was filled with brilliant articles, new research, seminars and interviews. Explore the French Book Week here

Our show-stopping catalogue of Riveters, events, reviews and more can be found on our website. Help spread the word about our campaign and the great work we do, by sharing your experiences with the European Literature Network using the hashtag #ELNetneedsyou


How do your donations help?

#ELNetneedsyou ! Your donations mean the survival of ELNet!

The money we raise from a successful Crowdfunding campaign will help us in many important ways. For one, it will support the publication of The Riveter magazine - we have four issues planned over the next two years, riveting writing from Italy, Spain, the Balkans and Turkey. We also hope to raise enough money to give our very active website a much needed revamp and – last but very much not least – we’d like be able to pay the ELNet team for all the hard work they do, currently pro bono.  In this way ELNet can continue to hold its fantastic events, continue to bring together creative minds from across Europe and continue sharing outstanding European writing.

Now, more than ever, we believe it is essential to maintain our close links with Europe, its languages and its literature. 

With your kind donations, you can help us reach our target.

Share this campaign across social media using the #ELNetneedsyou and help us reach our target!

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If you would like to get in touch, please use the contact form found at the top of this page. The European Literature Network team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and looks forward to hearing from you!

Our website


To say thank you...

To say thank you for your donations, we are offering some fantastic prizes that have been kindly donated by some of the brilliant literary organisations, authors, and publishers we have worked with over the years.

1616350256_unnamed.jpgOur star prize, however, is a stay in Rosie 'the Riveter' Goldsmith's Italian house. This stunning mountain-top home is located in the Garfagnana area of Northern Tuscany. This idyllic location is the perfect space for a writer's or artist's retreat, perhaps the ideal setting in which to translate your next novel? The house is large and comfortable, sleeps six and has a terrace. Receivers of this prize must arrange their own travel to the location. If you would like any more information, please get in touch.

*Please note we can only deliver rewards to UK addresses. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1,000 or more

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Exclusive stay in Rosie's Italian House

For this special pledge of £1000, you will receive an exclusive week-long stay in Rosie the Riveter's Italian house. This beautiful home set in the Tuscan countryside is the perfect location for a writer's or artist's retreat, or to simply kick back and relax! *Recipient of this award must organise own travel. ** For more detailed information about this reward, please get in touch.

£25 or more

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Two specially selected books in translation

For a pledge of £25, you will receive a bundle of two specially selected books in translation. Let ELNet send you on your literary travels!

£25 or more

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Bundle of five Riveter magazines

For a pledge of £25 you will receive a selection of five Riveter magazines from our limited back catalogue. Some of these editions are exclusive and can not be ordered from NewsStand.co.uk! Each Riveter focuses on a region or country, and features expertly curated translations, as well as reviews and interviews.

£25 or more

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Caroline Evely, Bluebell Woods

For a pledge of £25 or more, you will receive painting, "Bluebell Woods" (acrylics on A4 canvas), donated by the artist, Caroline Evely. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£25 or more

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Caroline Evely, Bennett's Water Garden, Weymouth

For a pledge of £25 or more, you will receive painting, "Bennett's Water Garden, Weymouth" (acrylics on 20x16 in canvas), donated by the artist, Caroline Evely. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£25 or more

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Rosie Goldsmith "The Thames"

For a pledge of £25 or more, you will receive painting, "The Thames" (acrylics on paper), by Rosie "the Riveter" Goldsmith. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£25 or more

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Rosie Goldmsith, "After Turner"

For a pledge of £25 or more, you will receive painting, "The Thames" (acrylics on canvas), by Rosie "the Riveter" Goldsmith. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£25 or more

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Rosie Goldsmith, "After Monet"

For a pledge of £25 or more, you will receive painting, "After Monet" (acrylics on canvas), by Rosie "the Riveter" Goldsmith. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£25 or more

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Rosie Goldsmith, "After Dalí"

For a pledge of £25 or more, you will receive painting, "After Dalí" (acrylics on paper), by Rosie "the Riveter" Goldsmith. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£25 or more

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Rosie Goldsmith, "After Picasso"

For a pledge of £25 or more, you will receive painting, "After Picasso" (acrylics on paper), by Rosie "the Riveter" Goldsmith. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£25 or more

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Rosie Goldsmith, "Abstract Flowers"

For a pledge of £25 or more, you will receive painting, "Abstract Flowers" (acrylics on canvas), by Rosie "the Riveter" Goldsmith. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£25 or more

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Rosie Goldsmith, "After Van Gogh"

For a pledge of £25 or more, you will receive painting, "After Van Gogh" (acrylics on canvas, by Rosie "the Riveter" Goldsmith. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£25 or more

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Rosie Goldsmith, "After Malevich"

For a pledge of £25 or more, you will receive painting, "After Malevich" (acrylics on paper), by Rosie "the Riveter" Goldsmith. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£25 or more

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Rosie Goldsmith, "After André Derain"

For a pledge of £25 or more, you will receive painting, "After André Derain" (acrylics on canvas), by Rosie "the Riveter" Goldsmith. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£30 or more

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Signed Victoria Hislop Books

For a pledge of £30, you will receive two signed Victoria Hislop books kindly donated by the author herself. These include, 'The Island' (a number one bestseller) and 'Those Who are Loved'.

£30 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Signed 1st ed. of Monsieur Ka, Vesna Goldsworthy

For a pledge of £30 or more, you will receive a signed first edition of Monsieur Ka, by Vesna Goldsworthy. These signed copies were kindly donated by the author herself.

£35 or more

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Four specially selected books in translation

For a pledge of £35, you will receive a bundle of four specially selected books in translation. Let ELNet send you on your literary travels!

£40 or more

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Two full sets of Bicki-Books from Emma Press

For a pledge of £40, you will receive two full sets of Bicki-Books kindly donated by Emma Press. These are beautifully illustrated sets of children's books, featuring poetry translated from Latvian.

£45 or more

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Full set of VERZET Chapbooks

For a pledge of £45, you will receive a full set of VERZET Chapbooks, published by Strangers Press, and kindly donated by the National Centre for Writing. The VERZET series showcases the work of eight exciting, new (to the English language) writers from the Netherlands.

£50 or more

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Signed John Kampfner Books

For a pledge of £50, you will receive a selection of signed John Kampfner books, kindly donated by the political commentator himself.

£50 or more

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Wilmington Square Books

For a pledge of £50, you will receive three beautifully designed Wilmington Square Books, donated by the publisher Francis von Hurter and Bitter Lemon Press

£50 or more

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Christopher Smith, Chapel Porth, Cornwall

For a pledge of £50 or more, you will receive a beautiful painting by Cornish artist, Christopher Smith, titled "Chapel Porth, Cornwall." This is an original A4 watercolour on paper and was kindly donated by Jean Smith. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£50 or more

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Christopher Smith, Barga Hills, Tuscany

For a pledge of £50 or more, you will receive a beautiful painting by Cornish artist, Christopher Smith, titled "Barga Hills, Tuscany" This is an original A4 watercolour on paper and was kindly donated by Jean Smith. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£50 or more

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Starter Art Box + Zoom Master Class

For a pledge of £50 or more, you will receive a starter art box, and an art master class with artist Ed Sumner (via Zoom). cheeseandwinepaintingclub.com/product/art-box/

£75 or more

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A bottle of Burgundy Grand Cru

For a pledge of £75, we will send you a bottle of Burgundy Grand Cru (2017 Corton Les Grèves).

£75 or more

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Selection of 10 Non-Fiction Books

For a pledge of £75, you will receive a selection of 10 Non-Fiction books specially selected by Caroline Sanderson, author and non-fiction editor at the bookseller

£75 or more

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Four Fitzcarraldo Editions Books

For a pledge of £75 or more, you will receive four beautiful Fitzcarraldo books. These include: Grove, A Man's Place, The Things We've Seen and The Other Name

£75 or more

Andy Pearce Landscape "Lapping Waves"

For a pledge of £75 or more, you will receive a beautiful landscape painting by Cornish artist Andy Pearce (saltwalls.co.uk) titled "Lapping Waves at Porth Beach, Cornwall". This is an original acrylic painting on A4 paper, kindly donated by the artist. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£100 or more

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Lisa Kalloo, Deliverance 1

For a pledge of £100 or more, you will receive a limited print by photographer Lisa Kalloo (lisakalloophotography.co.uk) titled "Deliverance 1". This limited print is 16x16 in, framed. See image here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£150 or more

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Henny Beaumont Portrait

For a pledge of £150 or more, you will receive a stunning portrait by Henny Beaumont. (hennybeaumont.com). This is an original A4 watercolour and ink on paper, kindly donated by the artist. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£500 or more

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Signed , first ed. of "Girl, Woman, Other"

For a pledge of £500 or more, you will receive a very special reward: a signed, first edition of Bernardine Evaristo's booker-prize winning novel "Girl, Woman, Other".

£25 or more

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Bundle of five Riveter magazines

For a pledge of £25 you will receive a selection of five Riveter magazines from our limited back catalogue. These editions are exclusive and can no longer be ordered from NewsStand! Each Riveter focuses on a region or country, and features expertly curated translations, as well as reviews and interviews.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Rosie Goldsmith, "After Ben Nicholson

For a pledge of £25 or more, you will receive painting, "After Ben Nicholson" (acrylics on paper), by Rosie "the Riveter" Goldsmith. See painting here: https://www.eurolitnetwork.com/elnetneedsyou-crowdfunder-art/

£30 or more

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PASSPORT JOURNAL (Vol.3, Lithuania)

For a pledge of £30, you will receive a copy of PASSPORT JOURNAL, volume 3 (Lithuanian edition), kindly donated by Kristina Sabaliauskaite. This beautiful book brings to the reader an immersive insight into the history of the Lithuanian Jews, also known as the Litvaks. It features engaging photo essays and conversations with inspiring individuals whose experience and wisdom are exemplary.

£40 or more

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A selection of Serbian World Series titles

For a pledge of £40, you will receive a Serbian World Series titles collection, hand-picked and donated by Susan Curtis of Istros Books. These include ‘Fear and his Servant’ by Mirjana Novaković, tr. Terence McEneny, ‘The Tragic Fate of Moritz Tóth’ by Dana Todorović, tr. by the author and ‘The House of Remembering and Forgetting’ by Filip David, tr. Christina Pribićević-Zorić.

£45 or more

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Six specially selected books in translation

For a pledge of £45, you will receive a bundle of six specially selected books in translation. Let ELNet send you on your literary travels!

£50 or more

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Eight+ specially selected books in translation

For a pledge of £50, you will receive a bundle of eight or more specially selected books in translation. Let ELNet send you on your literary travels!

£50 or more

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Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels Box Set

For a pledge of £50, you will receive Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet. This beautiful box set, kindly donated by Europa Editions includes My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child.

£75 or more

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A case of Romanian Wine

For a pledge of £75, you will receive a case of delicious Romanian wine (3xred, 3xwhite) kindly donated by the Romanian Cultural Institute London.

£75 or more

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Cornish Cream Tea Hamper

For a pledge of £75, you will receive a Cornish Cream Tea Hamper with Saffron Cake and a bottle of gold-star rated Camel Valley sparkling wine. This hamper has been donated by Rosie’s Mum Jean, and sister Cathy in Cornwall!

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed A. L. Kennedy Books

For a pledge of £100, you will receive a selection of signed A.L. Kennedy books kindly donated by the author herself.

£100 or more

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Signed Deborah Levy Books

For a pledge of £100, you will receive a selection of signed Deborah Levy books kindly donated by the author herself.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed Elif Shafak Books

For a pledge of £100, you will receive a selection of signed Elif Shafak books kindly donated by the author herself.

£100 or more

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Signed Linda Grant Books

For a pledge of £100, you will receive a selection of signed Linda Grant books kindly donated by the author herself.

£100 or more

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A selection of signed Bernardine Evaristo Books

For a pledge of £100, you will receive signed copies of three Bernardine Evaristo books, kindly donated by the Booker-Prize winning author herself. These include, 'Mr Loverman', 'Blonde Roots', and 'Hello Mum'.

£100 or more

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Eight translated crime novels from Orenda Books

For a pledge of £100, you will receive eight translated crime fiction novels published by Orenda Books and hand-picked by West Camel, editor at ELNet and Orenda. These include Hotel Cartagena, Winterkill, Betrayal, The Seven Doors, Fallen Angels The Creak on the Stairs, Sister, and A Modern Family.

£100 or more

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10 Romanian Books in Translation

For a pledge of £100, you will receive ten Romanian books in translation, published by the University of Plymouth Press, kindly donated by the Romanian Cultural Institute London.

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