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Book Launches and Musical Evenings at Spring Margó Literary Festival

Novelist Krisztián Grecsó (R on the stage), at the launch of his book Lányos apa at the Margó Literary Festival on Margaret Island on 11 May 2023. Next to him is László Valuska, the festival director.
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This year, the event will feature over fifty programmes across four stages. In the afternoons discussions introducing prominent authors and their new works will be held, while evenings will offer musical literary productions envisioned for Margó. The festival will include performances by Tudósok, Miklós Vecsei and Gergely Balla with their Mondjad Atikám József Attila evening, while slam poets Pion x Krizsó will play from their Népi lira album.

With the participation of acclaimed Hungarian authors and poets, such as János Háy, Dénes Krusovszky, and Miklós Vecsei, the Spring Margó (which translates as Fringe) Literary Festival will be held from 23 to 25 May on Margaret Island.

For three days, visitors will be able to enjoy book launches, discussions, musical literary evenings, unique literature classes, and live podcast recordings. Participation in the programmes is free.

This year, the event will feature over fifty programmes across four stages. In the afternoons discussions introducing prominent authors and their new works will be held, while evenings will offer musical literary productions envisioned for Margó. The festival will include performances by Tudósok, Miklós Vecsei and Gergely Balla with their Mondjad Atikám József Attila evening, and Pion x Krizsó will play from their Népi lira album.

New books will be presented at the Spring Margó by several authors, including Virág Erdős, Csenge Enikő Élő, Szabolcs Benedek, Zsombor Aurél Bíró, Tamara Cserháti, András Cserna-Szabó, Péter Görcsi, Juli Havas, János Háy, László Imre Horváth, Gabriella Jakupcsek, Lili Kemény, Gergely Kocsis, Dénes Krusovszky, Dominik Kovács and Viktor Kovács, Orsolya Láng, Zsolt Láng, Dávid Locker, Éva Madarász, András Mártonffy, Elza Morcsányi, Judit Péterfi, Róbert Puzsér, Éva Szentesi, Dániel Szinvai, Tibor Takács, Edina Tallér, Júlia Éva Tóth, Borbála Tóth-Zsiga, Ágnes Vida, and Gábor Zoltán.

On the festival’s first day, 23 May Dénes Krusovszky will revive memories and dreams in his new poetry collection, Lili Kemény will use the lack of self-defence as a weapon in her much-discussed autobiographical book, and the Kovács twins, Dominik and Viktor, will explain how to write a novel together. On Friday, Zsolt Láng, awarded the Libri Literary Prize in 2020, will talk about his new novel, Virág Erdős will blend public and private life in her book launch, and controversial publicist, media personality and author Róbert Puzsér will present his Metafizika meditation object. On Saturday, former television programme host and author Gabriella Jakupcsek will talk about A Napos B, Éva Szentesi will present her new novel, András Cserna-Szabó will discuss his collection of unwritten short stories, and the audience at Margó will hear excerpts from László Darvasi’s new three-volume novel performed by Gábor Máté for the first time. Visitors will be able to purchase the showcased books on-site, and attendees can have them signed by the authors present.

For the first time this year, visitors can meet cultural podcasts live. On 24 May, the organizers will hold unique literature classes called MargóFAKT for secondary school classes.

Entrance to the Spring Margó Literary Festival programmes is free, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. The complete programme is available on the Margó website and Facebook page. The event is supported by Bookline and the National Cultural Fund of Hungary.


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This year, the event will feature over fifty programmes across four stages. In the afternoons discussions introducing prominent authors and their new works will be held, while evenings will offer musical literary productions envisioned for Margó. The festival will include performances by Tudósok, Miklós Vecsei and Gergely Balla with their Mondjad Atikám József Attila evening, while slam poets Pion x Krizsó will play from their Népi lira album.

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