Your Excellencies, distinguish guests, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends welcome in our embassy.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the second literary evening.

Our desire is to improve cultural cooperation between BH and UK with series of stimulating cultural events.    

This evening, Nick Lipley and his partner, our eminent artist Sonja Radan, will present interesting family story.

“The Blacksmith and the Bull” an epic poem of 26 stanzas, is the story of how the family Kovačević changed its name to Aždajić, derived from the Turkish word for dragon - Ejderha.

Nick wrote the poem, based on Nina’s family legend-story from always interesting Balkans history.

The book is illustrated with full-colour images of Sonja’s magnificent wood-block paintings, which you can see all around you here.

Nick will read his poem in English, and then Suzana Serda-Pavlović will read in our language.

Then we will have a question and answer session, when you can ask all about the poem and the paintings around.

After the presentation Nick and Sonja will be signing copies of the book, which will be on sale here.