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 programme so far.


Thursday 8th September


Transfers from villages to sit down dinner (seating plan) in Biertan. Return to villages


Friday 9th September


Transfers from Copsa Mare and Biertan etc to Richis

Brief welcome by Lucy Abel Smith

Norman Stone on the Treaty of the Trianon (to be confirmed)

Alan Ogden on the houses of Miklos Banffy’s trilogy

Zsuzsa Szebeni – Banffy as a theatre designer

John Wyse Jackson on Walter Starkie

Lunch in the Priest House or garden

Optional visits in minibuses around Biertan and Copsa and, possibly, Malancrav.



Jonathan Levi – TransylMania: Jonathan Levi talks about his new novel, Septimania.

Mike Ormsby will talk about The Pressures of the Time with broadcaster Georgina Godwin.

Transfer into mini buses to Copsa Mare dinner by kind invitation of Giovanna and Paulo Bassetti.

Transfer back to villages.


Saturday 10th September


Welcome by Georgina Godwin

Bernard Wasserstein The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln

Anouk Markovits I am forbidden


Transfers to Medias synagogue where we will hear from Julie Dawson, talking about the Jewish Community in Southern Transylvania before Benjy Fox-Rosen gives a concert of yiddish music.

We will then have lunch in the church hall of the Lutheran Church. We will then visit the Saxon church before returning to the villages.



Bob Gibbons on the wild flowers of Transylvania

Dragos Lumpen on Transhumance, with his photos and a film

A Saturday evening concert will be comprised of Shakespeare sonnets interspersed with Renaissance music within the newly-restored citadel of Alma Vii.

Dinner in Alma Vii



Sunday 11th September


Welcome by Georgina Godwin

Bronwen Riley on the Dacians on Hadrian’s wall and the Britons in Roman Romania

Marius Crisan Dracula and Beyond: Transylvania and the fascination of (self-)discovery in British literature

Simon Fenwick on Joan Leigh Fermor

New poetry by Stephen Watts and Claudiu Komertin

Lunch in the Village Hall or in the meadows.



H.M. Ambassador, Paul Brummell

The Sibiu/ Medias choir in Richis church. Poetry by Christel Ungar-Topescu and a concert of Romanian Music including work by Enescu, Silvestri and Bartok.


Final dinner in Richis.


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. The price is £780 (less £50 if booking before 1 May 2016). 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.