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Reading by Petra Hůlová in Copenhagen and Århus

On 19 March 2009, a literary evening with the young Czech writer Petra Hůlová took place in the Europe House in Copenhagen, the seat of the European Commissions Representation and European Parliament´s Information Office in Denmark.

Left to right: Head of the EC Representation Jan Høst Schmidt, Klaus Bischoff, Petra Hůlová and the translator, assoc. professor Peter Bugge

The Head of the EC Representation in Denmark, Mr Jan Høst Schmidt, and his collaborator, Mr Klaus Bischoff, made the opening speeches in which they stressed that the event was a cooperation project between CZ PRES (via the Czech Embassy in Denmark) and the EC Representation in Copenhagen. Similar activities in the field of literature would take place under all following Presidencies. The Czech Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka introduced Ms Petra Hůlová, who read two passages from her début All of This Belongs to Me and from her latest book Tajga Station. The Danish actress Ms Jette Sophie Sievertsen read the Danish translation of the two texts, which were prepared by Assoc. Professor Peter Bugge from Aarhus University.

The Danish actress Jette Sophie Sievertsen and the Czech ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka

Non-Danish-speaking participants were given the mentioned passage from Petra Hůlová’s first book in German, English and French. After the reading, a panel-debate with the writer, the translator and the Czech ambassador began. There were about 60 guests, incl. several ambassadors, the former Head of the Danish PEN-club Niels Barfoed, The Danish Cultural Institute’s Secretary General Finn Andersen, the editor of the renowned Danish publishing house Gyldendal Andrea Fehlauer Nielsen, Czechs living in Denmark, etc. The European Literature Evening in Copenhagen was rounded off by a glass of wine and the Czech beer.

 

Petra Hůlová with Czech students and Czech ex-patriates Petra Hůlová with her son Josef


On 20 March, Petra Hůlová read her texts and had a debate in the Student House at Aarhus University. This event was organized by the Department of the East-European Studies, IHO, Aarhus University, and the Czech Embassy in Copenhagen.

Petra Hůlová and translator Peter Bugge at Aarhus University

More information about nowadays Czech literature in English:www.pluh.org