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Susanna Roth Translators Award 2020 – call for entries

Czech Centres and the Czech Literary Centre, a section of the Moravian Library, announce the 6th year of the International Competition for Young Translators – The Susanna Roth Prize, named after the celebrated Swiss translator Susanna Roth (1950 – 1997) who made a significant contribution to the promotion of contemporary Czech literature abroad.

The competition is open to young translators up to the age of forty*. The task is to translate a significant extract (cca 20 pages) of as yet untranslated contemporary Czech prose published in the Czech Republic between November 2018 and November 2019. Previously published extracts are unacceptable. A jury in each country taking part will select one winner.

*excluding previous winners of the Susanna Roth Translation Competition


Vytěženej kraj by Veronika Bendová (FRA, 2019), pg. 22–39 (p. 22 from the second paragraph starting with Navigace stále čekala na signál, p. 39 ending with Libkovice posraný)

Veronika Bendová was born in Prague in 1974. She studied scriptwriting and dramaturgy at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). She made her debut in 2012 with her novella Nonstop Eufrat which has been translated into Spanish. Veronika occasionally publishes short stories in magazines.

A trip in July 2020 to the Czech Republic including specialist seminars.

The translated text in English (pg. 22–39) from Veronika Bendová’s Vytěženej kraj (FRA, 2019) together with a short bio (up to 1,000 characters including spaces) in Czech, a current photograph with credits and a solemn declaration on the authorship of the translated text should be submitted via email to The deadline is 31st March 2020.

Click here to download text to be translated, full terms & conditions and version in Czech

Czech School Without Borders, London is looking for volunteers to fill the positions of Teaching Assistant who are available to work on Saturdays in Islington and/or Wednesdays in Harpenden. The candidates must be native speakers of Czech and are, ideally, graduates or students of a faculty of education or have a similar background in the humanities.


We offer:

If interested, please send us your CV and cover letter to

Draft law eases path to Czech citizenship for descendants of emigres 

The Czech Senate passed a draft law in July 2019 that should make it easier for the children and grandchildren of emigres from communist Czechoslovakia to obtain Czech citizenship. The bill, which is expected to be signed by the president, relates to descendants of those stripped of their own citizenship prior to 1989.

Further background details can be found in this Radio Prague article.

Memorial Association for Free Czechoslovak Veterans (MAFCSV)

The aim of MAFCSV is ‘to honour and remember all Free Czechoslovak WW2 veterans and service personnel who fought with the Allies’. It organises regular commemorative events at Brookwood Military Cemetery at the Czechoslovak memorial where this year a new information panel was installed at its civilian plot.

MAFCSV is currently amalgamating with the Association of Czechoslovak Legionaries Abroad based in Cholmondeley to unify their aims. The combined project is to install a memorial to all Czechoslovak veterans in one place, the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The total budget for this project is £30,000, of which a considerable amount is already in place, but they still need to raise about £20,000, to cover the cost of installation and maintenance and insurance.

Please make your donations by using reference “Memorial”

By Bank Transfer Account No 40953568 Sort Code 30 99 09

By Cheque made out to MAFCSV
and sent John Polak, Fir Trees, Cranbourne, Sutton Scotney, Winchester, Hants SO21 3NA


Your chance to learn from a professionally trained Slovak traditional dancer.

From 7-8.30pm at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY

The class consists of warm up, stretching, learning Slovak steps and little routine. All levels are welcome and you are advised to bring a change of clothes.
Tickets £5 pay on the door

Contact Andrea for further information about session dates (mobile 07946 382303)


Visiting Czech priests will celebrate mass on the following Sundays at 2pm

2020      5 January, 2 February, 8 March, 5 April, 10 May, 7 June, 5 July

for more details see

7.30pm Monday and first Friday of month (mass in Slovak)
1pm Sunday (Slovak and Czech)
7.30pm Sunday (Slovak) except July, August and September
for more details click here

The UK government has reached an agreement with the European Union on citizens’ rights. This agreement will protect your rights after the UK leaves the EU and enable you to continue to live your life as you do now. It also covers your family members. In order to secure your rights, you will need to apply for settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme. Your rights will not change until 2021 so there is no need for you to apply for status as soon as the scheme opens.

For further details click on the link below.

A guide to the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens and their families

The Bouda Gallery Project

Initiated by the Czech Centre London, this project aims to provide a space for exhibitions, book readings and design pop-up shops as well as a base for the Czech School Without Borders in London. The vast majority of the cost will be covered by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However 10% of the remaining finance needs to be raised for purchasing and installing technical equipment and furniture.

For further details and to make a donation go to