Jacek Dehnel – novelist, poet and translator of the younger generation. His novels include the multi-award-winning Lala, based on his grandmother’s true life story; Saturn, inspired by theories about the life of Francisco Goya, and Mother Makryna, based on the genuine historical tale of a 19th-century fraudster. He recently made a successful debut as a crime writer, as co-author with Piotr Tarczyński of Mrs Mohr Goes Missing.
Artur Domosławski – journalist and author of reportage. His work includes the best-selling biography Ryszard Kapuściński: A Life, which has been translated into over a dozen languages. His special focus is on Latin America, as in his last two books, Death in the Amazon and The Excluded.
Jacek Dukaj – one of the major names in European science fiction, rightly regarded as the heir to Stanisław Lem. His best-selling novels include the dystopian Ice, The Crowe, the story of the martial law period told in the style of a children’s fable, and Other Songs, in which human minds have the power to change reality. The Cathedral, Tomasz Bagiński’s animated film adaptation of a short story by Dukaj, was nominated for an Oscar.
Marta Ignerska – illustrator and graphic artist, winner of many important Polish and international prizes, including a European Design Award and a Picture Book Award. She is the joint author of books including Playing Everything, Frederic Chopin and His Music, The Pink Piggy and Alphabet, which have been published in many countries.
Dariusz Karłowicz – philosopher and essayist. Author of the Political Theology annual, a seminal work for Polish conservatism, he has also written books including The End of Constantine’s Dream and The Archparadox of Death. His most recent publication in English translation is Socrates and Other Saints. He is also known for his activities for the public benefit. He was a member of the team that created the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising and he runs the St Nicholas Foundation, which has instituted “The Cavalcade of the Magi” street processions held at Epiphany.
Marzanna Bogumiła Kielar – one of the most original poetic voices in the land of a thousand poets, as Poland has every right to call itself. Her poems resonate with both femininity and the metaphysical. Her published collections include Sacra conversazione, Salt Monody and Materia Prima, which won major prizes at home and abroad.
Zygmunt Miłoszewski – popular crime novelist, whose books have sold more than a million copies. Author of the trilogy featuring Prosecutor Szacki and the thriller Priceless. Two of his books, Entanglement and A Grain of Truth, were successfully transferred to the cinema screen. His work has been translated into some fifteen languages. In recent years he has become France’s most popular Polish author, and lately he has made a breakthrough on the English-language market too.
Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński – a husband-and-wife team of authors and illustrators who have achieved worldwide success with their innovative children’s books. Their Maps has been published in 25 countries and has sold more than two million copies. Other successes at home and abroad include the Mamoko series, H.O.U.S.E. and D.E.S.I.G.N.
Andrzej Nowak – historian and essayist, author of several dozen academic books, but also works for the general reader, mostly about Polish and Russian history. He is the founder of the conservative journal Arcana. His books include The History of Poland, Poland and the Three Russias, and First Betrayal of the West (winner of the Moczarski prize).
Olga Tokarczuk – award-winning novelist acclaimed not just in Poland but in many other countries (with prizes including the Vilenica and Kulturhuset Stadsteatern awards and a shortlisting for the IMPAC). Her books have been translated into 30 languages. She is a very popular writer, although her work cannot be described as commercial. Her publications include Primeval and Other Times, House of Day, House of Night, Flights and The Books of Jacob. Agnieszka Holland’s movie Game Count, a screen adaptation of Tokarczuk’s novel Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead, will be premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
Ewa Winnicka – journalist and author of reportage. Her books include Londoners and The Brits, both describing the fortunes of Polish emigrants to the British Isles. She has also published The Millionairess, a biography of the world’s richest Polish woman, Barbara Piasecka-Johnson, and Rebellious New York, about the prohibition era in the United States.