Hungarian Lit Night: tributes to László Krasznahorkai
March Wednesday 20th 2019 : 7pm at Hungarian Cultural Centre : London
10 Maiden Ln, London WC2E 7NA : Free Entry but registration is required! Please email


László Krasznahorkai has produced an iconoclastic and utterly unique body of work throughout the 20th and 21st century. This event, the first in a new literary series, celebrates the idiosyncratic Hungarian novelist through brand new commissions of contemporary artists, writers and musicians, who will respond to Krasznahorkai - his novels, ideas & life - with new performances, recitations and reading.

Free to attend at the Hungarian Cultural Centre in the heart of Covent Garden, this is a chance to re-experience the writing of one of the foremost novelists of our time through innovative, literary and experimental live works.

The event will feature Eley Williams, David Spittle, Mischa Foster Poole, Karen Sandhu, Benedict Taylor, Christian Patracchini, SJ Fowler & Stephen Watts.


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Eley Williams' Attrib. and other stories (Influx Press, 2017) was awarded the Republic of Consciousness Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2018. With stories anthologised in The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story (Penguin Classics, 2018) and Liberating the Canon (Dostoevsky Wannabe, 2018), she is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the Royal Society of Literature. 

Karen Sandhu is currently completing her PhD in contemporary poetry and artists’ books at Royal Holloway. Her poetry has been published by The Archive of the Now, Opon, HOW2, and BlazeVOX. She has collaborated with the ICA (London) and performed at Camden People’s Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and Arnolfini (Bristol). She has also written for The Blue Notebook: Journal for Artists’ Books and her bookworks have been exhibited at The Showroom (London) and Galerie éof (Paris). 

Mischa Foster Poole is interested in the politicopoetics of nonsense. His work has appeared in 3:AMHotel, HVTNPerversePoetry LondonPoetry Wales,SALADEStride, Tentacular, and X-Peri. His debut collection unboxing, teardown is forthcoming from Veer Books.

David Spittle has poetry published in Blackbox Manifold, 3am, The Literateur, DatableedZarf, and is translated into French by Black Herald Press. Twice shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize (2015/2016) and included in the Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 Anthology (Eyewear Press). His first pamphlet, B O X, is with HVTN Press (September, 2018). In addition to poetry, he has written the libretti to three operas, performed at various venues around Cardiff and at Hammersmith Studios in London. In 2014 David was commissioned to write a song cycle for the Bergen National Opera, since performed internationally. He has curated a series of interviews, Light Glyphs, with poets-on-film and filmmakers-on-poetry. This ongoing series has included John Ashbery, Guy Maddin, Sophie Mayer, Andrew Kötting, Redell Olsen, John Adams, and Lisa Samuels. See here for Spittle’s website. 

Christian Patracchini is an artist, writer and curator, working across different art forms, projects alternate between performance, text based work, sound and drawing. He has recently completed Knots a new writing project presenting a collection of one line poems and aphorisms exploring the notion of the event in the making. He is the founder of ZenoPress an independent publisher.

Benedict Taylor is a solo violist & composer. He is an active figure within the area of contemporary string performance, at the forefront of the British & European new and improvised music scene. He performs, records & composes internationally, featuring in many venues and festivals including: Cafe Oto, Jazz en Nord France, Royal Court Theatre, The Vortex, Ronnie Scott's, BBC Late Junction, BBC Hear and Now, BBC Arts Online, BBC Radio 3 & 2, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Cantiere D'Arte di Montepulciano, Edinburgh Fringe, CRAM Festival, The Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, ICA London, Radio Libertaire Paris, Resonance FM London, Film London, Rotterdam Film Festival, Berlinale, TriBeCa Film Festival, London East End Film Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Theatre 503 London, Venice International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Vault Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival, Bike Shed Theatre, Old Red Lion Theatre, Third Man Theatre.  As an ensemble performer, he has worked with Evan Parker, Paul Dunmall, Hannah Marshall, Marcello Magliocchi, Terry Day, Keith Tippett, Wadada Leo Smith, Alex Ward, Renee Baker, Steve Beresford, Pat Thomas, Tetsu Saito, Alison Blunt, Gianni Mimmo, Veryan Weston, Sylvia Hallett amongst others. He is involved with a number of higher education institutions, giving lectures in performance, improvisation & composition at the Royal College of Music, City University of London, Goldsmiths College, Royal Holloway College London. He is the founder, and a curator of CRAM, a music collective and independent label.