BIG BOOK FESTIVAL IN ENGLISH

Join us, relax and read for two exciting days
We are an international celebration of reading and writing.

Meet the authors and enjoy our open reading room. You are welcome to take part in talks, happenings and debates.

Big Book Festival is Poland‘s funniest, hippiest and most innovative festival of reading and arts.
It takes place every June, lasts throughout a weekend and brings together authors from 20 countries.
We merge urban space, literature and people.
We test new ways of experiencing literature.

Big Book Festival is run by „Kultura nie boli“ Foundation – an NGO upbuilding the culture of reading.
It is created in partnership over 40 institutions and companies and co-funded by the readers.

Big Book Festival 2018 motto is EXPEDITION: Forget the limits!

This year‘s festival venue is
Fun Park & Climbing Arena
2, Merliniego St.
Warsaw, Poland

Feel free to join us for all the events available in English.

THE DAY WE STOOD ALONE
SIGRÍÐUR HAGALÍN BJÖRNSDÓTTIR – author and journalist from Iceland speaks on the dangers of isolation and the future of a world divided by borders.
SAT, 23.06, 14.00, ARENA

TENDERS
EVE AINSWORTH – British author talks on kids taking care of grown ups and unbalanced relations.
In partnership with British Council.
SAT, 23.06, 14.00, PLAC ZABAW

WILD HERBS
LISEN SUNDGREN – Swedish author and botanist presents the healing effects of plants and delicious flower dishes.
After the talk you can join the author and walk through the city in search of edible plants.
SAT, 23.06, 14.00, ŁĄKA

FAMILY: A GENETICS ENQUIRY
KARIN BOJS – Swedish author and science journalist shows how closely related Europeans really are.
SAT, 23.06, 16.00, ARENA

LADY ON THE TRAIL
DAN RICHARDS – British author talks on following into the footsteps of his ancestor and pioneer climber – Dorothy Pilley.
In partnership with British Council.
SAT, 23.06, 16.00, PLAC ZABAW

THE FUTURE OF ISLAM
ZIAUDDIN SARDAR – one of Europe’s top muslim thinkers speaks about the big change in modern Islam and the role women get to play in it.
In partnership with British Council.
SAT, 23.06, 18.00, ARENA

YOGA READING SESSION
Bring a book and a mat (or borrow one at the spot) and get to know all the right ways of placing your body when reading on a beach or in a park. Try relaxing your eyes and resting your spine.
With KASIA BEM, acclaimed yoga couch.
SUN, 24.06, 12.00, OGRÓD

EXPEDITION. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF UNCERTAINTY
BEA UUSMA – Swedish author and medicine doctor talks about the years she spent trying to establish what happened to explorers who went missing on their way to the North Pole back in 1897.
SUN, 24.06, 14.00, ARENA
Right after the talk (at 16.00) you can join Bea Uusma in an exhibition room to follow the history of the lost expedition.
For this private meeting ask for a pass: spotkania@big-book.pl

THE MELTDOWN
LALINE PAULL – British author talks about eco-thrillers and how the climate change sets a new scenery for the modern novel.
In partnership with British Council.
SUN, 24.06, 14.00, OGRÓD

LOVE IN A DEATH ROW
Reporters LINDA POLMAN and JUSTYNA KOPIŃSKA talk about the prose of every day life with a death sentence and about romance that cuts through the bars.
SUN, 24.06, 16.00, ARENA

IMAGINING CITIES
KAREN McCARTHY WOOLF – British poet and performer reads form her latest book and talks on the future of poetry in an urban landscape.
In partnership with British Council.
SUN, 24.06, 16.00, OGRÓD

THE FEMALE PLANET
Big round table debate. Ten female authors from Europe imagine what would change if women ruled the world.
JANA BEŇOVÁ (Slovakia) , CLÉMENTINE BEAUVAIS (France), HILA BLUM (Israel), SVETLANA CÂRSTEAN (Romania), SYLWIA CHUTNIK – (Poland), PETRA HŮLOVÁ (Czech Republic), KRISTINA STOLTZ (Denmark), DALIA STAPONKUTĖ (Lithuania), KATARZYNA SURMIAK-DOMAŃSKA (Poland), TATIANA ȚÎBULEAC (Moldova)
In Partnership with EUNIC – European Union National Institutes for Culture
SUN, 24.06, 16.00, OKRĄGŁY STÓŁ

AFTER US, THE DELUGE
ANNIE PROULX – American author and Pulitzer laureate talks on centuries of deforestation, our cruelty towards the Nature and her recent novel – „Barkskins“.
SUN, 24.06, 18.00, ARENA