Europa28

WRITING BY WOMEN ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE

In collaboration with Hay Festival and Wom@rts.

Introduced by Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project. 

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To be European,’ writes Leïla Slimani, ‘is to believe that we are, at once, diverse and united, that the Other is different but equal.’

Despite these high ideals, however, there is a growing sense that Europe needs to be fixed, or at the least seriously rethought. The clamour of rising nationalism – alongside widespread feelings of disenfranchisement – needs to be addressed if the dreams of social cohesion, European integration, perhaps even democracy are to be preserved.

This anthology brings together 28 acclaimed women writers, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs from across the continent to offer new perspectives on the future of Europe, and how it might be rebuilt. Featuring essays, fictions and short plays, Europa28 asks what it means to be European today and demonstrates – with clarity and often humour – how women really do see things differently.

Translated by: Rahul Bery, Jen Calleja, Ruth Clarke, Jennifer Croft, Katy Derbyshire, Margita Gailitis, Jean Harris, Emily Jeremiah, Annie McDermott, Julia Sherwood, Sam Taylor, Jakub Tlolka, Jim Tucker, Rimas Uzgiris, Saskia Vogel & Jennifer Zoble.

Unfortunately the events for this book have been cancelled due to COVID-19, stay tuned for further announcements. 

Press

‘Inspiring, essential, honest and deeply humane... This brilliant collection takes readers on a brave journey into our beloved continent, Europe, daring to tell the stories beyond its centres of power and privilege.’ - Elif Shafak

 

One of The Guardian Bookshop's 'Ones to Watch' (March 2020)

One of The Irish Times' 'Books to Watch Out for in 2020' 

One of Translated Lit's 'Most Anticipated Books of March 2020' 

 

Read Leila Slimani's essay from the collection at The Guardian

 

Read Lisa Dwan's essay from the collection at The Irish Times.

 

Read Annelies Beck's essay from the collection at The New European

 

Read Julya Rabinowich's essay from the collection at The State of the Arts.

 

"The scale of vision is ambitious... a bright celebration of unity in difference." - The Guardian

 

"Informative, touching, and occasionally funny, the book is enough to make one optimistic about the future." - The London Magazine

 

"If you are interested in exceptional women writers, immersive, thought-provoking writing, for hope and inspiration, do pick Europa28 up." - The Literary Addict

 

"A fascinating and diverse collection of expositions on what Europe can, could, or should mean." - Translating Women

 

"Europa28 is honest, brave and engrossing... both experimental and accessible in equal measure. Read it, please." - STORGY

 

"In the UK's Brexit bubble, an island in more sense than one, European politics seem artificially distant. Reading this book underlines the naivety in believing we are so very different." - Andy McDougall

 

"This group of female writers recognise Europe's flaws and riches, its challenges as well as its beauty... Europa28 is a call to action for us all." - Cathy Castling 

 

Listen to Finnish contributor Saara Turunen discuss her essay on The Europeans podcast.

 

Read the piece The Shift News wrote about the essay by Maltese author Caroline Muscat. 

 

Co-editor Sophie Hughes writes for our blog on her work in translation in honour of 'Mother Language Day'.

 

Watch the preview event at Hay Festival 2019 on Hay Player, featuring Paula Bonet, Hilary Cottam, Kapka Kassabova, Janne Teller and Sophie Hughes (£) 

'This will be a body of work that encapsulates the human spirit. These writers and thinkers will change the world.' - Caroline Michel (Chair of Hay Festivals)

'These writers are delivering their visions for the future - this is something we really need right now as we look to reimagine our institutions and relationships.' - Roman Simic (Fraktura)

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Book Details

ISBN-10
1912697297
ISBN-13
9781912697298
Published
12 Mar 2020