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Games with Greta: Slovenian author in conversation with Juliet Jacques

Thursday 26th January 2017 at 7pm at Gay’s the Word Bookshop, 66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB


Suzana Tratnik will be reading from and talking about her recent short story collection Games with Greta and Other Stories, translated by Michael Biggins, published by Dalkey Archive Press.

Suzana Tratnik is a writer, translator, publicist, and sociologist. She has published six short-story collections, two novels (My Name is Damjan and Third World), a play, and three works of non-fiction. Tratnik was one of the founders of the LGBT-rights movement in 1980s Yugoslavia and was instrumental in creating one of Eastern Europe’s most vibrant alternative cultural scenes before the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 2007 she was awarded the Prešeren Foundation Award, one of Slovenia’s most prestigious literary awards. http://www.suzanatratnik.si/biography/

A free book event with support from the Slovenian Embassy in London. Doors 6.55pm. Complimentary refreshments provided.

Prešeren Evening with Aleksander Mežek on 4th February 2017

Saturday 4th February 2017 at Princess Alexandra Hall, Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Pl, St. James’s, London SW1A 1LR.

Reception with drinks from 6.30 pm, dinner at 7.20 pm.

Aleksander Mežek, photograph by Ciril Jazec

Aleksander Mežek, photograph by Ciril Jazec

Members of the British-Slovene Society, students, and other friends of Slovenia in Britain are warmly invited to the Society’s annual Prešeren Evening.

This year’s celebration promises to be a particularly fine evening. Not only will we have one of Slovenia’s top singer-songwriters to entertain us, but we will meet in a stylish venue located in one of the best parts of London.

We have moved to the Royal Over-seas League because our previous location, the Hotel Russell, is being renovated.

The Prešeren Evening consists of a drinks reception, a three-course dinner with wine, and the concert by Aleksander Mežek.

Please note that if you become a member, you will pay less for the Prešeren Evening and your membership fee combined than if you come to the Evening as a non-member! The Society is subsidising part of the cost for members and students.

Once again, you can take part in a Tombola with prizes generously offered by supporters and sponsors.

We are looking forward to a splendid evening celebrating Slovenia’s most famous poet, and we hope you will join us.

If you wish to come, please fill in the  Application Form, send it to the address given on the form by Saturday, 28th January 2017 and make your payment. Prior reservation is essential. As capacity is restricted, places are allotted on a first-come first-served basis.





British-Slovene Society packs London Wren church

At a time when solidarity among peoples is more important than ever, the annual Christmas Service of Carols and Readings of the British-Slovene Society attracted a record turnout of members and their friends on 2nd December.

Young and old filled all the pews of the beautiful Christopher Wren Church of St. Andrew-by-the Wardrobe in London, and took part in the readings and carol singing, led by the Gallus Consort choir under Paul Brisby (who brought his new-born son with him).

Casper and Lara Hill (mother Slovene, father British) sang solos and read in Slovene

Casper and Lara Hill (mother Slovene, father British) sang solos and read in Slovene

Robert Mingay-Smith played the organ, and the service was officiated by the Ven Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London, who is also Rector of St. Andrew-by-the Wardrobe.

Participants donated £306 in a collection for Barka, a charity in Slovenia for children with special needs, which the Society has supported for many years.

Afterwards, we stayed to talk, drink Slovenian wine kindly given by the Slovenian Embassy, represented in person by Ambassador Tadej Rupel and family, and eat traditional Slovenian potica and English mince-pies.

The Ven Luke Miller is assisted with the candles

The Ven Luke Miller is assisted with the candles

See gallery with pictures by Ian Božič.

Ljubo Sirc has died

The British-Slovene Society is sad to hear of the death of Ljubo Sirc, one of its most distinguished and long-serving members. He was 97.


Ljubo Sirc was born in 1920 in Kranj and fought with the Resistance in WWII in Yugoslavia.

Subsequently he was considered suspect by the new Communist regime and in 1947 he was sentenced to death. His sentence was commuted to 20 years’ hard labour and in 1954 he was released.

He left for Britain and lectured at universities around the world. In 1965 he took up a post at the University of Glasgow, where he then lived. In 1983 he founded a Center for Research into Post-Communist Economies in London.

In 1989 he returned to Slovenia and unsuccessfully stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate for the Presidency three years later.

Back in Britain, he was awarded the CBE for spreading democratic ideas in Eastern Europe.

See http://www.delo.si/novice/slovenija/umrl-je-ljubo-sirc.html

Concert by Slovenian-born July Jones

28 November 2016 from 8 pm
Underbelly | 11 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU


Get-together of Slovenes and Their Friends and concert by July Jones with Ina Reni, Becky Arundel and Ina Shai.

On this occasion, the Slovenian-born singer and songwriter July Jones will launch her first album. MORE

July Jones describes her style of music as modern soul, which in her vision means  soul combined with electronic pop. She will perform the songs created in the past  two years since her move to London.

Christmas Carol Service

The BSS warmly invites you to our annual Carol Service on the 2nd of December 2016, at 7 pm.

This is our regular festive get together which is held in the beautiful church of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, Queen Victoria Street and St. Andrew’s Hill, City of London, EC4V 5DE.

The church, which was built by Sir Christopher Wren is a wonderful historic building and well worth a visit in its own right. Please come and join in our carol singing in English and Slovene.

Catch up with friends after the service as there will be potica (offered by the Society) and Christmas drinks (courtesy of the Embassy).

There is no charge but a collection is taken to support the work of the Barka charity in Slovenia.

Nearest underground Blackfriars. St Paul’s and Mansion House nearby.

How to get there

Boštjan M. Zupančič talks about the European Court of Human Rights

Time: Thursday 17 November 2016 at 6 pm

Place: Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, London EC1N 2HH

Title: In the Context of the Common Law: The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg

Boštjan M. Zupančič, a Slovenian judge at the European Court of Human Rights since 1998, will talk about differences between British Common Law, under which “like cases should be decided alike”, and the logical reasoning in the Continental legal system. They represent two different cognitive approaches to reality.


The Comedy of Life with Krečič and Žižek

Tuesday 1 November at 7.30 pm at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL


This autumn the novels of three Slovenian authors will be published in the World Series – a joint venture between Peter Owen and Istros Books aiming to bring quality literature in translation to an English-reading audience.

The World Series kicks off with the event The Comedy of Life. Nigel Warburton and Slavoj Žižek join Jela Krečič Žižek to discuss her new novel, ‘None Like Her’, a hapless tale of the fruitless search for a perfect partner.

Conway Hall is a landmark of London’s independent intellectual, political and cultural life.


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