Archive of Past News


A curated site for Slovak literature in English.

Raising the Velvet Curtain

A series of events in the UK marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of communism in Slovakia.

Raising the Velvet Curtain:

Slovak Writers’ Tour

A series of readings and discussions with Balla, Ivana Dobrakovová, and Uršuľa Kovalyk in Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge, and London. 22.10. – 25.10.2019.

Who Would Publish Slovak Literature in the UK?

Martina Šimkovičová of Slovak Radio International talks to British publishers willing to take the risk of introducing Slovak fiction and poetry to the UK market.

“Madness and Misanthropy”

Donald Rayfield reviews Bellevue and Big Love in The Literary Review.

Andreea Scridon's review of Big Love and The Night Circus and Other Stories in

Interview with Ivana Dobrakovová

Featured as Author of the Week on BookBlast Diary

Slovak Literature
makes a splash on the

European Literature Network

Two translations and five Riveting Reviews

Three Slovak authors
featured in

Uršuľa Kovalyk, Dušan Mitana, and Richard Pupala
in the Central European Short Story Issue

Asymptote: A report
from Slovakia

An overview of what's new in Slovak literature.

Raising the Velvet Curtain
in words, sounds and pictures

Looking back at the season of Slovak literature and arts in the UK in October and November 2019.

in memoriam

On February 10th, 2020, Pavel Vilikovský,
one of Slovakia’s most prominent writers,
passed away at the age of 78.

Bellevue nominated for prize

Ivana Dobrakovová’s book has been longlisted for the EBRD Literature Prize 2020.

Eternal Traffic book release

Congratulations to Mila Haugová and her translator,
James Sutherland-Smith, on their latest collection
of poetry in English, released by Arc Publications.

New podcast

Julia Sherwood now hosting a biweekly podcast of conversations about Slovak literature

Asymptote: Literary News
from Slovakia

Book of the Year, Slovakia's take on European Literature Night, and more

Balla “On the Pandemic”
in Asymptote

In This Together: Writers From Around the World Respond to the COVID-19 Outbreak

LIC now in English

The Centre for Information on Literature has a new website in English called Books from Slovakia

Congratulations to Mila Haugová

Slovak poet Mila Haugová is this year’s winner of the Vilenica Prize for Central European Literature.

Pavel Vilikovský featured
in Asymptote

"A Sentimental Education in March" by Pavel Vilikovský, translated and with an introduction by Charles Sabatos.

LitCast with Jonathan Gresty

In Lit_cast Slovakia #6, translator Jonathan Gresty talks about going native in Slovakia, and much more.

Corine Tachtiris reviews Bellevue

Read the latest review of Ivana Dobrakovová’s award-winning novel in World Literature Today.

Tomáš Forró’s Donbas
in Asymptote

Read an excerpt from Forro’s account of the Ukrainian conflict, translated by Magdalena Mullek.

“Slovak writers struggle to find path to Anglophone readers”

An article in The Slovak Spectator.

LitCast with Katarína Gephardt

In Lit_cast Slovakia #7, literature scholar Katarína Gephardt discusses her plans for a Companion to Contemporary Slovak Literature.s

Contemporary Slovak poetry featured in

Translations of 5 Slovak poets, and an interview with writer and translator Lucia Duero.

LitCast with Michael Stein

In Lit_cast Slovakia #8, writer and journalist
Michael Stein talks about the Central European
literary sensibility.

LitCast with Nataša Ďurovičová

In Lit_cast Slovakia #9, Nataša Ďurovičová talks about exile as the point of no return.

with James Sutherland-Smith

In Lit_cast Slovakia #10, James Sutherland-Smith talks about why translating prose is more difficult than translating poetry.

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