Market Focus POLAND 2017

Detailed schedule of all Polish events during the 2017 London Book Fair



13-17 March
Various Venues

BOOK LBF PASS (some events ticketed separately)

The British Council, in partnership with The Polish Book Institute, have announced the Poland Market Focus Cultural Programme for The London Book Fair 2017 taking place on 14-16 March. This year’s Cultural Programme involves twelve of Poland’s most prominent and exciting writers who represent the very best of Polish contemporary literature. The London Book Fair Cultural Programme will provide a valuable opportunity for UK audiences and publishers to meet and interact with Polish writers, who will in turn be able to engage with their UK counterparts in front of an international literary audience. Read more...

More information about POLAND'S LITERARY TEAM for the LBF.



6-7pm, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
The histories of Poland and Russia. Different paths and models of development
Free but booking essential

Eminent visiting Polish scholar and author Professor Andrzej Nowak, who is widely recognised for his work on the political history of Central and Eastern Europe will discuss 18th and 19th century Poland and Russia with SSEES’s Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Hosking OBE, author of several highly-regarded works on Russian history, and Professor Simon Dixon, a specialist in imperial Russian history. The event will be chaired by SSEES Director Professor Jan Kubik.

2-5:30pm, British Library
Joseph Conrad study day

Professor Robert Hampson initiates an afternoon of expert discussion with a lecture on Conrad as ‘England’s Polish Genius’. This is followed by the first of two panels which explores ‘Joseph Conrad and London’. In the final part of the day, take a look at Joseph Conrad and contemporary fiction reflecting on Conrad’s place in relation to contemporary British and Polish fiction. Read more...


10-11am, London Book Fair, National Hall Gallery Club Room
New poetic universes

Jacek Dehnel and Marzanna Kielar chaired by Sarah Hesketh.

10-11am, London Book Fair, Children’s Hub
Look! Polish Picturebook!

Małgorzata Cackowska introduces Look! Polish Picturebook! – a publication which presents for the very first time such an extensive selection of Polish picturebooks from 1960s until today.

10–11am, London Book Fair, location TBC
Polish Book Market - Publishing and Distribution Landscape. Main Trends and Development Perspectives

Panel organized by the Polish Chamber of Books, panellists: Włodzimierz Albin and Sonia Draga.

11:30am-12:30pm, London Book Fair, National Hall Gallery Club Room
Am I a Crime Writer: crime writing from Poland

Panel discussion with Olga Tokarczuk, Zygmunt Miłoszewski and Amanda Jennings. Chaired by Karen Sullivan.

11:30am-12:30pm, London Book Fair, location TBC
Licensing Books to and from Poland - overview of the Polish market

Panel organized by the Polish Chamber of Books, panellists: Kamila Kanafa, Sandra Sawicka.

11:30am-12:30pm, London Book Fair, Cross Media Theatre
Digital Poland: New Trends in Publishing from The Witchers Homeland (edu-tech, gamification and so forth)

Speaker: Marcin Skrabka.

1-2pm, London Book Fair, National Hall Gallery Club Room
Do pictures travel? Is there a European aesthetic?

Panel discussion in partnership with IBBY, panellists: Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielińscy, Marta Ignerska, Sarah Fanelli, Lisa Edwards, Duncan Partridge.

2:30-3:30pm, London Book Fair, Literary Translators Centre
Translation slam: Polish

Translators Sean Bye and Marta Dziurosz in this fast translation duel. The slam will showcase the art of translation by comparing side by side new translations of contemporary writing by Polish author Ewa Winnicka.

4-4:30pm, London Book Fair, English PEN Literary Salon
Zygmunt Miłoszewski in conversation with Antonia Lloyd Jones

Poland's most acclaimed crime writer talks to UK's most acclaimed translator of Polish literature into English.

4pm, London Book Fair, stand 7E41
Drinks to celebrate Milosz: A Biography by Andrzej Franaszek

Harvard University Press invites you to join them to raise a glass to the forthcoming publication of MIŁOSZ. A Biography by Andrzej Franaszek, edited and translated by Aleksandra and Michael Parker.

5:50pm, London Book Fair, Polish pavilion
Vodka Hour at the Polish stand

Time TBC, London Book Fair
Ceremony of The Excellence Awards

Held in partnership with The Publishers Association, The International Excellence Awards are a grand celebration of publishing and related activities outside the UK.

6:30pm, Daunt Books Hampstead
Life drawing with Mizielińskis


Join acclaimed illustrators of worldwide bestseller Maps, Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński, at Daunt Books in Hampstead, for a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch these artists at work. The Mizielinskis will talk about their work and demonstrate their unique illustration style.

7-8:30pm, British Library, Conference Centre
A life of crime? Crime writing from Poland


Polish writers Olga Tokarczuk and Zygmunt Miloszewski will discuss the permeable boundaries of genre fiction. Miloszewski is a writer who has made his name writing psychological thrillers like Rage and A Grain of Truth, but he has also experimented with other genres, including fantasy and thrillers. Tokarczuk is famous for her strange, introspective works of fiction, but her crime novel Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead has recently been made into a film Spoor by Agnieszka Holland. Together they will discuss genre fiction, its possibilities and limitations, and whether genre restrictions for writers are helpful or unhelpful. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.



10-11am, London Book Fair, National Hall Gallery Club Room
Intellectuals in the Media

Challenging and wide ranging discussion on Polish political philosophy with Prof. Andrzej Nowak and Dr. Dariusz Karłowicz. Chaired by Doug Wallace.

10-11am, London Book Fair, English PEN Literary Salon
Artur Domosławski in conversation with Hugh Thomson

10-11am , London Book Fair, location TBC
How do We Promote Authors and Books in Poland?  

Panel organized by the Polish Chamber of Books, panellists: Piotr Dobrołęcki and Urszula Chwalba.

10am-2pm, London Book Fair, Polish pavilion

The Polish publishing industry is not only about traditional books. Our national inborn creativity and devotion to new technologies have brought the Publishing Technologies from Poland (PubTechPoland) initiative to life. It aims to introduce the world to the joined forces of Polish publishing software companies (ArtaTech, Learnetic, SuperMemo, PWN, Legimi, Vulcan Media, FunMedia, Yellow Dot).

11:30am-12:30pm, London Book Fair, National Hall Gallery Club Room
An equal share: women’s writing from Poland

Panel discussion with Olga Tokarczuk, Ewa Winnicka, Marzanna Bogumiła Kielar and Catherine Taylor


11.30pm-12:30pm, venue TBC
Experience from Poland: Children’s Books and Educational Learning Resources Supported with Technology

Organized by The Polish Chamber of Books, panellists: Maria Deskur and Krzysztof Biedalak.

1-2pm, London Book Fair, National Hall Gallery Club Room
What place for reportage in a post-truth world?

Discussion with Artur Domosławski, Ewa Winnicka and Remi Adekoya, chaired by Tim Marshall.

1-2pm, London Book Fair, Literary Translation Centre
Translating Conrad

Panel discussion with Jacek Dukaj, Magdalena Heydel and Catherine Anyango, chaired by Stanley Bill.

1-2pm, London Book Fair, Children’s Hub
The Mizielińskis. Presentation of creative workshop

2:30-3:30pm, London Book Fair, Polish pavilion
Live drawing with The Mizielińskis

3:30-4:30pm, London Book Fair, Children’s Hub
Is Illustration for Children a Different Kind of Illustration?

Speakers: Marta Ignerska and Magdalena Kłos.

2:30-3pm, London Book Fair, English PEN Literary Salon
Olga Tokarczuk in conversation with Rosie Goldsmith

4-5pm, London Book Fair, English PEN Literary Salon
Ewa Winnicka in conversation with Ellie Mae O’Hagan


10-11am, London Book Fair, English PEN Literary Salon
Salt Monody. Marzanna Bogumiła Kielar in conversation with Sasha Dugdale

1-2pm, London Book Fair, English PEN Literary Salon
Jacek Dehnel in conversation with Marta Dziurosz

2:30-3:30pm, London Book Fair, Club Room
Writing History as Fiction in 21st Century: Poland

Discussion with Jacek Dehnel. Olga Tokarczuk, Jacek Dukaj and Rosie Goldsmith.

4-4:30pm, London Book Fair, Polish pavilion
Handover ceremony

Speakers: Jacks Thomas (director of The London Book Fair), Estonian Minister of Culture Asta Trummel, Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Culture Gintaute Zemaityte. Next Year’s Market Focus Countries are Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Poland will symbolically hand over the Market Focus title to the Baltics.

7-8:30pm, Waterstones Gower Street
Imagining The Future

Are we living in an era predicted by science fiction? What do we imagine for our future? Celebrated Polish science-fiction writer Jacek Dukaj and British-Malaysian writer Zen Cho come together to discuss ‘imagined futures’ within the genres of speculative and science fiction in conversation chaired by Anna James.

7-8:30pm, London Review Bookshop
Olga Tokarczuk in conversation with Deborah Levy


One of the most acclaimed Polish writers of her generation, Olga Tokarczuk has won multiple prizes, most recently for her novel The Books of Jacob, which explores an important moment in 18th Century Polish history. Two recent novels, The Books of Jacob and Flights, will shortly be published by Fitzcaraldo Editions. Here, she discusses writing fiction in Poland and her place within it, as well as the similarities it shares with UK fiction – and the differences that set it apart. Join us for an evening of discussion with Booker prize nominated Deborah Levy.

8-9:30pm, Southbank Centre, Poetry Library
World Poets Series: Polish poets in London
FREE but booking required

In recent years, The Poetry Library has hosted readings from poets from South Korea, Mexico and Syria. This year, we host poets from Poland to celebrate the Polish focus of the London Book Fair. With Marzanna Kielar, Jacek Dehnel and George Szirtes.



2:15-3:15, Harlow Library, Essex Book Festival
Partners in Crime

Tajemnica Domu Helclów (The Mystery of Helcel House) is a deliciously camp pastiche of a period crime story published by Jacek Dehnel and Piotr Tarczyński under the name Maryla Szymiczkowa. The adventurers of their main protagonist, Mrs Szczupaczyńska, often referred to as 'the Miss Marple of Polish crime fiction', will be shared with leading UK ‘partners in crime fiction’ Nicci French.

1.30pm, Toxteth Library, Liverpool
Olga Tokarczuk on her Writing, Polish Identity and Multiculturalism

A special event with Olga Tokarczuk. Master of storytelling with philosophical depth who brings into her writing mythical quality inspired by the work of Carl Jung. Award-winning author courageously looking at Polish identity against its multicultural history set in ethnically diverse Poland.
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