The British-Slovene Society Annual Picnic – Sunday 28th June

DSC06663Slovenes and friends of Slovenes are warmly invited to join us from 12 noon till 4.30 p.m. on Sunday 28th June for the Annual Picnic in the Oxford University Arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay. We will meet again by the kozolec (Slovene hay rack).

Bring your own picnic and drinks, deckchairs, picnic blankets, your kids, grandchildren and friends. As is usual among Slovenes, we encourage you to bring plenty to eat and drink and share it with everyone!

This splendid Arboretum is close to Nuneham Courtenay House, where Lewis Carroll would row the young Alice Liddell (Alice in Wonderland) and her sisters on the River Thames on a summer afternoon.

It is situated just south of the village of Nuneham Courtenay on the A4074 road from Reading, eight miles south of Oxford. The postal code is OX44 9PX. From London it can be reached by the M40, exit 8, A40 to Oxford, then southwards round the Ring Road (A4142) on to the A4074 towards Reading.

If you come by train to Oxford or Reading, you can then take the bus X39/X40 to the Arboretum. If you have problems please mail to or call 07584 199 177 and we will do what we can to help.

The Arboretum has kindly agreed to mow the area around the hayrack, which has recently suffered some damage and we are not allowed to climb on it. Adults attending the British-Slovene picnic pay £4.50, concessions £3. Children and Members of Oxford University (bring your card) enter for free.

More information on the Arboretum can be found at

We hope we can welcome many of you as we celebrate and enjoy an afternoon around the kozolec – one of the most traditional symbols of Slovenia and its culture.


BSS Annual General Meeting and talk: 26 June 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the British-Slovene Society will be held on Friday 26 June 2015.

Time: 7 pm (refreshments from 6.15 pm)

Location: Middle East Association, Floor 6, 27 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1HA

After the AGM, at about 7.30 pm: talk by Dr. David Worthington on:

The Material Culture of the Scottish Leslie Family in Slovenia in the 17th and 18th centuries

Dr. Worthington, Head of the Centre for History at the University of the Highlands and Islands, will talk about the evidence the Leslies’ culture remaining at their Ptuj property, and the family’s integration into Austrian Habsburg society. 

Seating is restricted to 30 and we therefore request that you confirm attendance by email to  or in writing to The British-Slovene Society, 43 Runnemede Road, Egham, TW20 9BE by no later than 10th June 2015.

Evald Flisar at the European Literature Night

Wed 13 May 2015, 6.30 – 8.45 pm at the British Library, Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Writers from six countries in a literary feast of compelling fiction, poetry and short stories

Evald Flisar (Slovenia), Naja Marie Aidt (Denmark), Andrea Bajani (Italy), Jesús Carrasco (Spain), Wioletta Greg (Poland) and Yasmina Khadra (France).

At the European Literature Night’s seventh appearance in the UK, Evald Flisar, Slovenian novelist and playwright, will talk about his work and his latest book published in English titled My Father’s Dreams.

The event will be followed by a reception in the Entrance Hall of the British Library, open to everyone who has attended The Writers event. It will include music, a glass of wine and the chance to buy books by the participating authors and have them signed.

European Literature Night is held simultaneously in 24 cities around the continent.
London’s events are a highlight of the capital’s literary calendar.