Polish Literature Month June 2013



I ve been planning this for last six months since reading Witold Gombrowicz Diaries and deciding that A. I needed to read more Polish literature B. we all need to maybe know a bit more about this hidden gem of European literature and C. There has been some great books from Poland published in the last year or two .


So what is coming up ,well next week I have a give-away for ten books that has been kindly offered by Joanne at Stork press 5 of Madame Mephisto by Am Bakalar ,which was the first book written by a female writer from Poland in English and 5 of their novel Illegal Liaisons by Grazyna Piebanek ,Also Joanne has written me a piece on publishing Polish literature in English .I’ve also a piece from Magda who is the head of Polish Literature at the Polish Cultural Institution . I’m also contacting a number of translators for suggestions of books and Translations they have made from Polish .I hope to have a great list of books for every one to read between now and June .Here is my fist suggestion on I will be reading as well –

stone upon stone

Stone Upon Stone by Wieslaw Mysliwski 

 A badge – I have been working on a badge for Polish literature month but haven’t quite done one I’m happy with so hope to have one in a couple of weeks when I ve work a bit more on it .So every one can have one for post and sidebars in time .

Twitter – I will be using a hashtag for the month and all posts it will be #plm13 ,so if everyone could use it before and during the month it will make finding post much easier .

polish-food from Love warsaw,co,uk

Cooking – I will during the month be cooking a traditional Polish dish ,I will post a the start of the month A list of ingredients then in the last week be doing a cook along via twitter and posting the results here on the blog .

Film – I will be choosing a film to watch during the month ,I ve not quite decide which but will be doing a post on Polish cinema and the choice of Film for everyone to watch .


Drink – I will also be trying some polish Beers and spirits to do a post on what to drink .

As you see I want June to be a month we all get Polish .Its important I feel as a recent report showed Polish is now the UK’s second Language .But if you ask the average reader to name a Polish writer they may just mention one but not many more so lets all get to know Polish literature better .

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 18:39:30

    Sounds great Stu – look forward to it!


  2. Vishy
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 19:09:55

    This is a wonderful idea, Stu! I will look forward to following your Polish reading adventures. I don’t think I have read a Polish book. But I love Polish movies, especially the ones directed by Kieślowski. Happy Polish literature month in June! Can’t wait!


  3. Lisa Hill
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 20:09:12

    Good idea, Stu, I’ll try to join in. I have downloaded The Peasants: Autumn, by Poland’s Nobel prize winning author Władysław Reymont and will aim to read that, so I’m ready to go, I will just need a reminder.


    • winstonsdad
      Mar 10, 2013 @ 20:14:31

      Great Lisa be doing number of post between now and then I ve couple read from last year when thought of this and got couple to read as well all the best stu


  4. Guy Savage
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 20:53:01

    What a fantastic idea. I have a couple of Polish titles on the shelf so I’ll read them in June. Plus I have some Polish films too. Thanks for the effort.


  5. Tony
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 21:38:23

    I’d like to read another by Andrzej Stasiuk – and maybe a classic too 🙂


  6. mary mayfield
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 22:29:59

    An interesting idea. I seem to have been reading a lot of Polish related books recently – set in Poland, or Britain’s Polish community – so it could be good to read something actually BY a Polish writer.


  7. Dwight
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 23:01:45

    I have several Polish novels and plays lined up for this year so I’ll be sure and cover some of them in June. I covered a few Polish works this past year so feel free to poke around for some ideas. Fortunately there is a lot of quality easily available that has been translated into English.


  8. Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 23:46:23

    Hi, Stu!
    I’m looking forward to traveling to Poland in June! Adding drink and cuisine is a terrific idea.

    In the next few months, I hope to learn more about contemporary Polish literature as well as 20th century lit. Sounds like not only a great escape, but a look into a culture and country whose borders have been shifted many, many times during the 20th century and suffered endless tragedies.

    Thanks, Stu!
    Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)


  9. russell1200
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 01:51:36

    The “one” author that comes to my mind is a big one: Joseph Konrad. Granted the borders have shifted around since then, but that is not his fault.


  10. Richard
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 03:31:26

    Count me in, Stu–looking forward to it!


  11. Amateur Reader (Tom)
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 03:39:27

    Reymont – now that is tempting. But I should probably use this as an excuse to finally read some Gombrowicz, one of my main Modernist Humiliations.


  12. Caroline
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 06:47:24

    I’m in!


  13. Rise
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 08:37:14

    I don’t think I have a Polish book ready for this, Stu! Will await your recommendation posts. (That food pix will make for a good badge, I think. Ha!)


  14. Brian Joseph
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 10:57:19

    This is a great idea! I love the way that you are attempting to include all aspects of Polish culture into this.

    I certainly have not read enough Polish literature. If I can fit the time in I will try to participate.


  15. Geosi
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 17:09:33

    Looking forward to it, all best stu


  16. parrish lantern
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 19:17:41

    Will possibly down a Piwo or two with you & maybe read a book also 😀


  17. kimbofo
    Mar 03, 2013 @ 22:55:41

    Great idea, Stu. I don’t think I have ever read any Polish fiction, though I do have a copy of Rondo by Kazimierz Brandys on my shelves, so I will have to dig it out for a read in June.

    If you are looking for Polish film recommendations, I absolutely LOVE Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy (White is my favourite) and his Decalogue series is excellent too.


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