13 – 16 Sep 2018
The Transylvanian Book Festival is unique in its offering. Set in the beautiful Transylvanian countryside, it brings together writers who have been inspired by the landscape, peoples and history of this wonderful country.
In 2018 we will hear about Louis XIV and a rebel prince; The Sublime Porte and the Transylvanian Princes; Queen Marie of Romania; Architecture in Romania between the wars and more
Join Writers on Transylvania talking and exploring in Transylvania
Surrounded by beech and oak forests and the tranquillity of this great medieval landscape – the last in Europe, writers and audiences will have unrivalled opportunity for discussions and discoveries among the beautiful ancient Saxon villages of Copsa Mare, Biertan and Richis, the latter of which will host the Festival. All three villages are linked by a narrow road along the valley with gently rolling hills, terraced for vines, rising on either side. It is within these villages that guests are invited to select their accommodation, and shuttles will provide transport for those who do not wish to walk.
Thursday 13th September
Transfers from villages to meet for dinner in the Richis Priest House or village hall with soup and pudding and gypsy dancers.
Friday 14th September
Transfers from villages to Richis. Welcome by Lucy Abel Smith
Prof. Filip-Lucian Iorga – 1918 and its significance for Romania
Dr. Maria Berza – Queen Marie of Romania, the Country that she loved
Dr. Ruxandra Nemteanu – National architecture after 1918
Lunch in the Priest House Garden or the Hall with singing by Codruta Schneider and group from Biertan (TBC). Menu of paprika tomato soup.
Minibuses will be on hand for guided visits with Lucy Abel Smith, Andrea Rost and Willy Schuster (patrons only) or to Medias to look at the carpets in the church with Dr. Stefano Ionescu
Dr. Maria Pakucs – Luxury, Trade and Politics between the Sublime Porte and Transylvania
Concert of early-20th century Transylvanian music played by Frederic Bager (piano), George Cooke (Cello) and Jaymee Coonjobeeharry(flute)
Drinks and Dinner (venue TBC) In Copsa Mare. Transfer back to villages.
Saturday 15th September
Welcome by Bronwen Riley
Dr. Philip Mansel – The Sun King and the Prince of Transylvania: Louise XIV and Ferenc II Rakoczi
Professor Alex Drace-Frances – A Transylvanian Pilgrim: the travel letters of Ion Codru of Drăguş
Dr. Tamas Barcsay (great-nephew of Banffy) – Banffy – A man of his time and out of his time
Lunch in Mosna or Alma Vii (TBC)
Ion Florescu – Romania in 1848 (title to be set)
Dr. Marius Crisan – Dracula, an International Perspective
Denisa Comanescu – poetry (translated by TBC)
Dinner in Richis
Dragos Lumpan – Showing of his film „The Last Transhumance”
Sunday 16th September
Welcome by Bronwen Riley
Michael O’Sullivan – Patrick Leigh Fermor: Noble Encounters Between Budapest and Transylvania
Alan Ogden The Vagabond and the Princess the story of PLF’s affair with Princess Balasa Cantacuzino
Arabella Macintyre Brown – Life in the Mountains – A Stake in the Transylvania
The Medias choir give a concert of local songs by Meyndt. Lunch in the Priest House Garden or the Hall
Ramona Mitrica The Lost Footsteps of Agent Victor
Concert with Frederic Bager (piano), George Cooke (Cello) and Jaymee Coonjobeeharry (flute)
Dinner in Richis.
Introduction by Dan Draghicescu before showing of film About Lifeunseen footage from the life of King Michael of Romania and trailer of The Life of Queen Marie
Copsa Mare Copsa Mare startinh (room 1,2,3,4,8,9,10) DBL/BB: 106 euro/night SGL/BB: 90 euro/night (room 7) DBL/BB: 122 euro/night SGL/BB: 104 euro/night
Unglerus Pension 2016 prices ranged from €34 for a single to €64 for a double room with breakfast included (2018 prices tbc)
Thomas Pension €104 for an apartment per night breakfast included (2018 prices tbc)
Michael Pension €64 apartment per night breakfast included (2018 prices tbc)
MET Guest House from £30 per person per night. (2018 prices tbc)
Alma Vii and Malancrav
The Mihai Eminescu Trust has rooms in various guesthouses and an old Romanian school. There is also newly-opened guesthouse with a double room and one triple room.