On 15 and 16 May 2018 a dozen authors from across Europe came together at two European Literature Nights to discuss the theme 'What time is it?'. The European Literature Nights was held in both Leeuwarden (as part of the European Capital of Culture programme) and Amsterdam. They are organised by EUNIC, the network of European national institutes for culture and national bodies engaged in cultural activities.
Belfast based author Jan Carson represented the UK at the European Literature Nights. Jan Carson currently has one novel, 'Malcolm Orange Disappears' (Liberties Press, 2014), a short story collection, 'Children’s Children' (Liberties Press, 2016), and a micro-fiction collection, 'Postcard Stories' (Emma Press, 2017). He stories have appeared in several anthologies, including 'Settling' in 'The Glass Shore' (New Island, 2016), and 'Egg' in 'The Female Line' (New Island, 2017). She has recently signed a three book deal with Doubleday with a novel forthcoming in early 2019. Jan’s stories have aired on BBC Radio 4 and most recently on Radio 3, read by Liam Neeson.
Her work has appeared in journals including Banshee, Harper’s Bazaar and The Honest Ulsterman. In 2014 she received Arts Council NI Artist’s Career Enhancement Bursary and is part of the British Council’s International Literary Showcase. She was shortlisted for the Sean O’Faolain prize (2016) and won the Harper’s Bazaar story competition, (2016). She’s read at literary festivals across the UK, Europe and America. She works as a freelance community arts and literary programmer, curating the CS Lewis Festival, Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas and LitCrawl Belfast. She runs school literature projects and specialises in arts development work with older people, particularly those living with dementia. Jan is currently the Irish Writers’ Centre Dublin's, Roaming Writer in Residence on Translink Trains throughout Ireland.
More information about the European Literature Night on Tuesday 15 May in Leeuwarden is available on Lan fan Taal.
Find out more about the European Literature Night on Wednesday 16 May at the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam.