EUPL Digital Initiatives

  • Aurore Basson
  • 22 June, 2020

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the European Union Prize for Literature is joining the #CreativeEuropeAtHome movement with the rest of the Creative Europe community by developping a new range of cultural initiatives online. While live events might be on hold at the moment, we stay commited to helping European stories - and European authors - cross frontiers, be it georgraphic or digital.

Find the list of our #EUPLonline activities below. Check back regularly for updates!

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Upcoming activities: get involved

Ongoing: EUPL Reviews 

In June, we launched a new section called EUPL reviews, where our EUPL laureates read and review other EUPL winning books. First posts are already published, and stayed tuned for more. Follow us here


Book bloggers' call

Calling all #bookbloggers: if you're a book reviewer and would like to know about reviewing opportunities, get in touch.

Finished events and activities

Road to the Ceremony diary

Follow two of our 2020 winning authors - Francis Kirps (Luxembourg) and Petar Andonovski (North Macedonia) - on their road to the EUPL 2020 ceremony. They will share their expectations, thoughts, and ideas during the weeks leading up to the event. Read their weekly entries here.


EUPL Book Club

Looking for new reading material to keep you entertained while you #StayAtHome? Want to engage with readers from all over the world? Want to discover books from emerging fiction writers? Join us for a digital EUPL Book Club!

1 July - Historical fiction: Spothlighting the novels of Ioana Pârvulescu, Gaëlle Josse and Osvalds Zebris, our third book club focused around historical fictions. On 1 July, we were joined by Ioana and Osvalds for a discussion around their books and the historical periods they are set in. Listen to podcast recording from the event here

27 May - Family and relationships: Our second book club meeting spotlighted relationships and family. We looked at the EUPL winning novels from Benetict Wells, Christophe van Gerrewey and Karen Gillece, then had a nice discussion with Chistophe about his book and writing career. Missed our talk? Listen to podcast recording from the event here

22 April - Dystopian fiction: Our first session about dystopian fiction took place on Wednesday, 22 April, 7pm. We were joined by our three winning authors Jasmin B. Frelih, Bianca Bellová, and Piia Leino for a engaging talk on dystopian fiction and the worlds they've created in their novels. Missed our talk? Listen to podcast recording from the event here.


EUPL writers on the occasion of the World Refugee Day

Ahead of the World Refugee Day on 20 June, EUPL spoke with Walid Nabhan (Malta, 2017) and Giovanni Dozzini (Italy, 2019) highlighting topics of displacement, identity, and the role of literature in raising awareness to the challenges refugees and displaced people face globally. Listen to the podcast here.


Digital Q&A - Women's Writes in Conversation with Lana Bastašić and Raquel Martínez Gómez López

On 17 June, 7pm UK time, EUPL laureates Lana Bastašić (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2020) and Raquel Martínez Gómez López (Spain, 2013) spoke about their journeys to writing during an online Q&A with the female-led book club Women's Writes. Rewatch the event here


Jan Carson's lockdown diary

Follow the lockdown of our 2019 laureate from Ireland, Jan Carson, as she tells us about what she's been up to at home. Read her diary entries here and on our social media channels! 


Online Masterclass with Ciler Ilhan's: ReadAct

In this EU Prize for Literature digital masterclass, Çiler İlhan, the Turkish laureate of the EUPL in 2011, introduced us to ReadAct, a practice that she describes as "a unique way of reading", at the crossroad of reading and acting. During the hour-long session, İlhan read excerpts from her EUPL-awarded book "Exile" while teaching how to improve speaking skills and enrich storytelling experience for participants. 


Digital Q&A: Women's Writes in Conversation with Piia Leino and Gabriela Babnik

On 13 May, 7pm UK time, EUPL laureates Piia Leino (Finland 2019) and Gabriela Babnik (Slovenia 2013) talked about their journeys to writing during an online Q&A with the female-led book club Women's Writes. Re-watch the talk here


EUPL and Europe Day 

Ahead of Europe Day on Saturday, 9 May, we spoke with three EUPL winners: Gast Groeber, our 2016 winner from Luxembourg, Haska Shyyan, our 2019 winner from Ukraine, and Immanuel Mifsud, our 2011 winner from Malta. During out talk, we explored how our winning authors experience the linguistic and cultural landscape in Europe, discussed how EUPL helped them overcome potential barriers to reach wider audiences, and spoke about the current pandemic and how that might have influenced their writing and thinking about global world. Listen to the podcast here


Marta Dzido reading Frajda

You can listen to our 2019 laureate Marta Dzido from Poland reading the English excerpt of her winning book ‘Frajda’ anywhere with this series of reading podcasts.


EUPL 2019 Giveaway (closed)

Congrats to the winners of our 14 winning books from 2019! This giveaway was hosted on FB, Twitter, and Instagram until 15 April, 12pm.


Digital Q&A: Women's Writes in Conversation with Evie Wyld and Bianca Bellová

On 15 April, 7pm UK time, EUPL laureates Evie Wyld (UK 2014) and Bianca Bellová (Czech Republic 2017) talked their journeys to writing during an online Q&A with the female-led book club Women's Writes. Re-watch the talk here