London, the great European city out of Europe, the Western metropolis with a Muslim mayor: capital of a Disunited Kingdom, epicentre of a fragmented Europe and of a world in transit.
London, a brutalist jungle beyond the Calais Jungle, a mix of migratory fluxes old and new, far and near: multicultural and monolingual, shaken but not stirred, London is a place of refuge and refusal.
The writers we invited to Babel were all true Londoners: Ma Jian and Xiaolu Guo, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Nadifa Mohamed, Sulaiman and Saleh Addonia, Specimen and Adania Shibli, Kate Clanchy, Don Paterson, Annie Holmes and Meike Ziervogel, Chloe Aridjis, Alessandro Leogrande and Alganesh Fessaha.
Babel gave its public a sneak peak at what was about to hit London: texts about to be published, up and coming editorial ventures and new translations, as well Babel’s newest projects, such as Poethreesome, OnAir BnB and “Specimen. The Babel Review of Translations”.