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.

The timetable has been organised with a certain flexibility to allow for as much chat as possible between writers, poets and audiences.

The 2018 programme.


Thursday 13th September


Transfers from villages to meet for dinner in the Restaurant Unglerus at the foot of Biertan's fortified church.

Return to villages


Friday 14th September


Transfers from villages to Richis

Brief welcome by Lucy Abel Smith

1918 and its significance for Romania (speaker TBC)

Diana Mandache Queen Marie of Romania

Valentin Mandache "My tower is taller than yours" National architectures before and after 1918 in the provinces that formed Romania

Lunch in the Priest House garden or hall



Minibuses will be on hand for guided visits with Lucy Abel Smith, Andrea Rost and Willy Schuster (patrons only)

Dr. Maria Pakucs – Luxury, Trade and Politics between the Sublime Porte and Transylvania.

Drinks and dinner (dinner TBC)

Concert of early-20th century Transylvanian music played by Frederic Bager (piano), George Cooke (Cello) and Jaymee Coonjobeeharry (flute)

Transfer back to villages.


Saturday 15th September


Welcome by Lucy Abel Smith

Philip Mansel – The Sun King and the Prince of Transylvania: Louise XIV and Ferenc II Rakoczi

Alan Ogden The Discontented Hungarian uprisings of 17th and early 18th centuries

Dr. Tamas Barcsay (great-nephew of Banffy) Banffy – A man of his time and out of his time


Transfer to Malancrav for lunch and concert (TBC)



Ion Florescu – Romania in 1848

Dr. Marius Crisan – Dracula – An International Perspective

Denisa Comanescu – poetry (translated by TBC)


Dragos Lumpan – Showing of his film "The Last Transhumance"



Sunday 16th September


Welcome by Lucy Abel Smith

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 – her autobiography A Stake in the Country

The Medias choir give a concert of local songs by Meyndt

Lunch in the Priest House Garden or the Hall



Free afternoon

Ramona Mitrica The Lost Footsteps of Agent Victor

Final dinner in Richis.

About Life – a film of unseen footage from the life of King Michael of Romania



Transfers back to villages.


Bookings now being taken. Please email to reserve your place.

We are very pleased to be able to keep the cost of attending the complete festival at the same level as 2013 and 2016. The price is £780 (less £50 if booking before the end of May 2018). This price includes attendance at all talks during the festivals, lunches and dinners during the festival (with wine included), transport to and from your accommodation to the festival site and your choice of excursions during the festival. The price does not include flights and transfers or accommodation – due to such a variety of accommodation on offer.

Within Romania day tickets will be available.