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 for dinner in the Unglerus Restaurant by kind invitation of the Mayor, Mircea Mihai Dragomir

Return to villages


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

Leave for Medias to look at the carpets in the church with Levent Boz


Lunch in Medias church hall

Concert in the Schuller House, Medias followed by transfers to villages for free time before returning to Richis

Ramona Mitrica The Lost Footsteps of Agent Victor

Drinks and Dinner in Copsa Mare by kind invitation of Giovanna and Paolo Bassetti

Transfer back to villages.


Saturday 15th September


Welcome by Bronwen Riley

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

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

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

Lunch in Mosna or Alma Vii (TBC)



Ion Florescu – From Hellenized Vlachs to European Revolutionaries: Story of a family 1648-1848

Dr. Ruxandra Nemteanu – National architecture after 1918

Gypsy musicians

Dinner in Richis

Introduction by Dan Draghicescu before showing of film About Life unseen footage from the life of King Michael of Romania and trailer of The Life of Queen Marie



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 McIntyre-Brown – Life in the Mountains – A Stake in Transylvania

The Medias choir give a concert of local songs by Meyndt

Lunch in the Priest House Garden or the Hall



Free afternoon

Dr. Marius Crisan – Dracula – An International Perspective

Concert with Frederic Bager (piano), George Cooke (Cello) and Jaymee Coonjobeeharry (flute)

Dinner in Richis.

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


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. 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 (kindly subsidised by an anonymous Romanian donor).