Pole Position

Polish Book Autumnfest



We're not talking Formula One, nor X-rated Strictly Come Dancing, instead Pole Position is the UK's largest Polish literary event of the year, and a must for readers of all genres in search of sassy character and gripping narrative. 

This unprecedented programme of events brings together 7 key writers selected for their wit and for literary brilliance, who in just 2 months will take part in 18 events, at 15 venues across 10 different cities, an unmissable chance to hear from Central Europe's most exciting authors.

In a compelling and controversial biography of Ryszard Kapuściński, one of the greatest journalists of the 20th century, Artur Domosławski explores the dilemmas of integrity, conscience and the challenging relationship between journalism and literature.
Artur Domosławski, Ryszard Kapuściński. A Life, trans. by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Verso, Sep 2012
On tour 19-26 Sep

One of Poland's most loved and accomplished authors, three times shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, Paweł Huelle weaves a mesmerising seascape full of life, politics, loss, love and books.
Paweł Huelle, Cold Sea Stories, trans. by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Comma Press, Oct 2012
On tour 7-12 Oct

A real treat for intelligent fans of erotic fiction, best-selling Polish author Grażyna Plebanek's latest novel, set within the capital of new Europe, is a passionate and witty exploration of unstoppable physical obsession told from from the perspective of a... man, husband and father.
Grażyna Plebanek, Illegal Liaisons, trans. by Danusia Stok, Stork Press, Oct 2012
On tour 17-20 Oct

One of the most impressive debuts of this year, London-based A.M. Bakalar introduces Magda, a charismatic anti-heroine railing against Polish patriarchal obsessions, London's drug-dealing underground, corporate culture and migrant solitude. The book was among the readers' recommendations to the Guardian First Book Award.
A.M. Bakalar, Madame Mephisto, Stork Press, Apr 2012
On tour 20 Oct - 7 Nov

Gaining a celebrity status among crime fiction aficionados for his first detective novel, Entanglement, Zygmunt Miłoszewski's second instalment in the Teodor Szacki trilogy follows this sharp-witted, world-weary, and white-haired investigator as he steps out on the thin ice of anti- and philo-Semitism to solve a mystery of love triangles, ancient Jewish rituals and Nazi symbols.
Zygmunt Miłoszewski, A Grain of Truth, trans. by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Bitter Lemon Press, Sep 2012
Events 4&5 Nov

Polygamist and bisexual, charismatic genius and immoral fan of monstrosity, a man full of love and an autocratic father - in his new historical novel, shortlisted for the prestigious Nike Award (the Polish Booker), Jacek Dehnel, Poland's representative to London's Poetry Parnassus this year, paints a sensational portrait of Francisco de Goya and his toxic relationship with his delicate, subdued son.
Jacek Dehnel, Saturn, trans. by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Dedalus Books, Jan 2013
Events 5&6 Nov

One of Poland's most celebrated and enigmatic writers, Magdalena Tulli, tells a fantastical, dark and parabolic fairy tale of Europe's 20th century crises and transformations, seen through the eyes of bizarre inhabitants of a fictional and somewhat sinister town Stitchings.
Magdalena Tulli, In Red, trans. by Bill Johnston, Archipelago Books, Nov 2011
Event on 7 Nov

Pole position events:

19 Sep | Artur Domosławski, Neal Ascherson, chaired by Charles Glass | London, The Frontline Club | book online
20 Sep | Artur Domosławski, Antonia Lloyd-Jones | Oxford, Blackwell's | £3 Call 01865 333623
21 Sep | Artur Domosławski | Bristol (Bristol Festival of Ideas), Foyle's | book online
24 Sep | Artur Domosławski | Edinburgh, Word Power Books | FREE
25 Sep | Artur Domosławski, Antonia Lloyd Jones | Glasgow, Glasgow University, School of Modern Languages & Cultures |FREE
26 Sep | Artur Domosławski | Liverpool, Toxteth Library | FREE
7 Oct | Paweł Huelle | London (Notes & Letters Festival), Kings Place | book online
8 Oct | Paweł Huelle, David Constantine | Manchester (Manchester Literature Festival), International Anthony Burgess Foundation | book online
9 Oct, 7:30pm | Paweł Huelle, David Constantine | Ilkley (Ilkley Literature Festival), Ilkley Playhouse | book online
10 Oct, 6:30pm | Paweł Huelle, Antonia Lloyd-Jones | Liverpool, Toxteth Library | FREE
17 Oct, 6pm | Grażyna Plebanek, Noémi Szécsi, chaired by Tibor Fisher | Oxford, Albion Beatnik Bookshop | FREE
18 Oct, 6:30pm | Grażyna Plebanek, Maggie Gee | London, Belgravia Books | FREE rsvp jimena(at)belgraviabooks.com
19 Oct, 7:30pm | Grażyna Plebanek, Anjali Joseph, Noémi Szécsi | Manchester (Manchester Literature Festival),  International Anthony Burgess Foundation | book online
20 Oct, 3pm | Grażyna Plebanek, A.M.Bakalar | Edinburgh, Blackwell's South Bridge | tickets tbc
4 Nov, 3pm | A.M.Bakalar, Zygmunt Miłoszewski, chaired by Sophie Mayer | Folkestone (Folkestone Book Festival), Quarter House | book online
5 Nov, 7pm | Zygmunt Miłoszewski, Jacek Dehnel | London, Daunt Books Fulham Road | FREE
6 Nov, 7pm | Jacek Dehnel | Oxford, Blackwell's | tickets £3 01865 333623
7 Nov, 7:30pm | Magdalena Tulli, A.M.Bakalar | Sefton, Merseyside (Sefton Celebrates Writing with Writing on the Wall), Southport Town Hall | book online

Pole Position
is a result of numerous organic initiatives and vibrant collaborations amongst many individuals and institutions devoted to promoting the best literature on the UK market: translators (Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Danusia Stok, Bill Johnston), publishers (Verso, Comma Press, Stork Press, Bitter Lemon Press, Dedalus Books, Archipelago Books), cultural promoters (Polish Cultural Institute in London, English PEN, Frontline Club, literary festivals in Manchester, Folkestone, Ilkley, London's Notes & Letters and Bristol's Festival of Ideas, Liverpool's Writing on the Wall, Merseyside Polonia, Kasia Kokowska and Interactive Writing Salon in Scotland, dr Elwira Grossman of Glasgow University, Anna Ready), and finally bookshops and libraries (London's Daunt and Belgravia, Oxford's Albion Beatnik, Blackwell's in Edinburgh and Oxford, Toxteth library in Liverpool). Zygmunt Miloszewski's appearance is supported through European Literature Night by the European Commission.

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