Writers, artists, professionals write to EP President over lex CEU

April 12, 2017

CEU’s new “N15” building in Nádor Street.

300 writers, artists, and professionals penned an open letter to President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani regarding lex CEU. The open letter, which was published on poet/translator George Szirtes’ blog, is titled “The Closing of the CEU: the closing of Hungary“, and reads as follows:

We are deeply concerned about the passing of the disgraceful law intended to shut the Central European University in Budapest.

The law, intended for this one specific purpose, is the latest step taken by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to close out democratic institutions in the country, including press, media and NGOs.

Please note we do not say opposition institutions since the CEU is in no way a political opponent of the government. It is simply an independent university.

On 10th April, the president of the country, János Áder, signed the law and, that night, for the second night running students were out in the streets protesting in their thousands and tens of thousands. Those students are the last bastion of hope against the establishment of an authoritarian state in Hungary.

If that should happen it would be a serious blot on the EU’s conscience to have permitted this act of the Orbán government to pass without response. It reduces Europe. It weakens it. It takes it one step further to the edge of disintegration.

It is vital to act quickly. We ask for a period of intensive fact-finding into the legality of the Hungarian government’s law in this specific instance and its consequences for freedom of education, and for a process of mediation, bringing the parties together around the principle of European rule of law.

(The names on this list were updated on April 12 @ 6am ET)

  • George Szirtes, poet and translator
  • Ottilie Mulzet, translator
  • W. N. Herbert, Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Newcastle University, FRSL and Dundee Makar
  • John Sears, Independent Scholar and Curator
  • Toby Litt, novelist
  • Carolyn Forché, poet, professor, Georgetown University
  • Christopher Reid, poet, London
  • Nicholas Lezard, critic, London
  • Meg Rosoff, writer, UK
  • Richard Smyth, writer, UK
  • Pascale Petit, poet, Cornwall, UK
  • Liam Carson, literary festival director, Ireland
  • Professor Robert Archambeau, literary critic
  • Amal Chatterjee, Writer, Amsterdam & Oxford
  • Claire Ramsey, Professor Emeritus, University of California
  • Michael Augustin, poet & broadcaster, Bremen, Germany
  • Koyamparambath Satchidanandan, poet and academic, India
  • Fionnbharr Ó Duinnín translator / communication trainer, Budapest
  • Nicola Murphy, School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Ophelia Benson, writer
  • Selina Guinness, writer and lecturer
  • András Gerevich, poet, Hungary
  • Margo Berdeshevsky, poet, USA
  • Professor Riri Sylvia Manor, writer and Professor of Neuro-opthalmology, M.D. Sackler University
  • András Laszlo, cancer researcher, USA
  • Tom Bowden, University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor, College of Engineering
  • Eric Henze, Professor of Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • Kit Kelen, Professor of English, University of Macau, China
  • Annemarie Mullan Queens, Belfast, New York University
  • Kevin Jackson, writer, United Kingdom
  • Robert Eaglestone, Professor of Comparative Literature and Thought, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Moniza Alvi, poet and tutor, Norfolk
  • Julian Evans. writer, Bristol
  • Alica Kavounas, writer
  • Mark Robson, writer and academic, Professor of English and Theatre Studies, University of Dundee
  • Sergiusz Bober, Jesuit University Ignatianum, Krakow, Poland
  • Professor Janet Montefiore, University of Kent
  • Richard Ashcroft, Professor of Bioethics, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • Catherine Czerkawska, novelist and playwright, Scotland
  • Tsead Bruinja, poet, Netherlands
  • Tom Deveson MA (Cambridge), Teacher at London Centre for Young Musicians
  • Susan Walker MA Corporate Governance Kingston University and MFA University of the Arts London
  • Gregory Woods, Professor Emeritus, Nottingham Trent University.
  • Charles Lambert Università di Roma Tre
  • Bette Adriaanse, writer, Netherlands
  • Robbie Travers, University of Edinburgh
  • Peter W Houlihan . PhD, faculty UMass Amherst
  • Kees Klock, historian, poet, translator, Netherlands
  • Gregory Dowling, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
  • Brian Johnstone, Hon President, StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival
  • Dr Omar Al-Kayat, Neurologist and writer
  • Erika Mihálycsa PhD, lecturer in 20th c British literature, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj/Kolozsvár, translator
  • Jacqueline Fear-Segal, Professor of American and Indigenous Histories, UEA
  • Sasha Dugdale, editor MPT, UK
  • Victoria Musgrave, Educationalist. Exec Head Abbots Bromley School and International College
  • Thomas Karshan, UEA
  • James Perrin, writer, Hon Fellow of Bangor University
  • Chris Gribble, CEO Writers’ Centre Norwich
  • Helen Ivory, poet and artist
  • Steven Robert Carlson, change agent, California
  • Judi Sutherland, PhD, MBA, writer and scientist
  • Keiron Pim, writer, Norwich, UK
  • Stuart A Paterson, poet, Scotland
  • Michael Dickel, writer and lecturer, US and Israel
  • Agnes Marton, poet and editor
  • Mihaela Ghita, translator, Romania
  • Rosemary Grant, poetry editor, UK
  • Guy Dammann, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Howard Curtis, Literary Translator
  • Katherine Gregor, Literary Translator
  • Dr Geraldine Green, poet, editor
  • Peter Eustace, translator and poet, Italy
  • Martin Figura, writer
  • Pasco-Q Kevlin. Director NAC
  • Catharina Blaauwendraad, poet, translator, teacher, Austria
  • Nessa O’Mahony, poet, Ireland
  • Mary Ann McCarra, poet, Peekskillm NY, US
  • Antonia Lloyd-Jones, translator
  • Sam Ruddock, programme manager, Writers’ Centre Norwich
  • Judith Palmer, Director, The Poetry Society
  • Daniel Szabo, English teacher, France
  • Nick Owen, LSE, Oxford, Reading, Oxford School of Psychotherapy
  • Nicky Heinen, writer, London
  • Hugh McFadden, poet and journalist
  • Ralph Dumain, independent scholar
  • Professor Said Leghild
  • Stephen Pogany, Emeritus Professor, Warwick University
  • Joan Hewitt, poet, Tynemouth
  • Kriszta Szendroi, UCL
  • Edward Mycue, poet, San Francisco, USA
  • Mark Husmann, Northumbria University
  • Lou Robson, MA student, Birmingham City University
  • Richard Soloway, retired lecturer
  • Tyler Massey, songwriter, UK
  • Pauline Fayne, poet, Ireland
  • Bharat Ravikumar, writer, India
  • Mario Domínguez Parra, translator, poet
  • Jacqui Rowe, writer and educator UK
  • Max Wallis, poet and writer
  • Diana Hilliard, educationalist
  • Karen Davies
  • John A A Logan, writer, Scotland
  • Eva Szilagyi
  • Paul Hawkins, poet and text artist, Bristol
  • Jacqueline Saphra, poet
  • Ray Fisher
  • Steve Vowles
  • Fran Brearton
  • Francoise Harvey
  • Diana Becker
  • Harry Smart, writer
  • Hugh McFadden
  • Pete Jordan
  • Rosemary Dun
  • Laura Noszlopy, PhD
  • Carla Palmieri
  • Karen J McDonnell, writer
  • Stacy Dianne Kennedy
  • Jeannie Wells
  • David Swann
  • James W Wood, poet and novelist
  • Dr Karima Brooke, Oxford, UK
  • Dan Wyke, MA, MBACP
  • Dr Irene Lampert, MRCPsych, MA Norwich
  • Christina Dithmar
  • Esther Gómez-Sierra, Lic Fil Hisp (Madrid Complutense), PhD (Manchester).
  • Kirk Parsons, UK writer and journalist
  • Raphael Urweider, poet, Switzerland
  • Lydia Macpherson MA Hons Oxon, MA London
  • Gábor Gyukics, poet
  • Inez Baranay, PhD, writer
  • Bernice Reynolds, B.Ed
  • Anne Beer, PhD
  • James Harrold
  • Cathy Bryant, poet, EU citizen
  • Claudia Daventry MA Hons Oxon, MLitt, (EU citizen, poet, teacher, linguist)
  • Jenny Yancey
  • Catherine Ann Cullen, writer, Ireland
  • Ilya Anski
  • Tim Gardiner PhD (Essex), FBNA
  • Jacob Ziguras, poet, philosopher, PhD
  • Penelope Kease
  • Michael Iossel, writer / professor, US/Canada
  • Jez Noond
  • Deborah Alma
  • Jonathan Hurley
  • Lena Clamp
  • Paul Vaughan (MA, Oxon)
  • Angela Topping, poet
  • Penny Sharman
  • Kálmán Faragó, Budapest
  • Dr Richard Slade, artist
  • Dave Garbutt,
  • Brett Hardman
  • Cristina Newton, writer and educator, UK
  • Juno Gemes
  • Claire Kidman
  • Hanne Busck-Nielsen
  • Rachel Winter
  • Ruth Valentine, writer
  • Catherine M Brennan, writer and teacher
  • Jude Cowan-Montague, writer and broadcaster
  • Leslie Donovan, BSc, BEd, MA
  • Roberta Burnett, Arizona
  • Josephine Dickinson MA Oxon, LRAM, poet
  • Bernard Hurley MA MSc DPhil.
  • Anne Mullane (retired Reader Development Manager)
  • Nancy Mattson, Canadian writer living in London, England.
  • Robert Mason, illustrator and writer
  • Hugh Waterhouse, poet, historian, storyteller
  • Maria Jastrzebska, writer
  • Tim Collard, retired British diplomat.
  • Grant Tarbard, writer
  • Mei Lim, artist
  • Lindy Barbour (B.A. Hons. Oxon) University of Edinburgh
  • Laura Sgarioto, translator, Budapest.
  • Frederika Randall US/EU dual citizen, translator, Rome
  • Beatrice O’Malley, BSc, PPharm
  • Dr Catherine Nichols, Leeds University, UK.
  • Mark Carlisle
  • Joanne Limburg, poet
  • Ranbir Singh Sidhu, writer
  • Reuben Woolley
  • Paola Grenier, PhD Budapest
  • Susan Castillo
  • Vanessa Gebbie, writer
  • Josephine Corcoran, writer, Wiltshire, UK
  • Nigel Patrick Forde, poet and playwright
  • Harry Owen, poet, S Africa
  • Ruth Irwin, Secondary school, English teacher, London
  • Jim Lindop, retired businessman
  • Catherine Slusar Buck, writer ‘Being Human’ USA
  • Umit Singh Dhuga, publisher and managing editor, The Battersea Review
  • Victoria Herring, English language teacher
  • Andrew McDonnell, University Centre, Peterborough
  • Meirion Jordan, writer and editor
  • Ruth Mullen, writer and editor
  • Professor Oz Hardwick, poet and academic
  • Marc R Sherland, President of the Scottish Association of Writers
  • Sue Millard, writer, singer, webmaster
  • Györgyi Voros, PhD, Senior Instructor, Virginia Tech University, poet
  • Isadora Papadrakis, Art Historian, Rome
  • Rob A. Mackenzie, poet, reviews editor at Magma Poetry magazine
  • Karen Redman, journalist
  • Mab Jones, writer, tutor at Cardiff University
  • Balázs Szendroi, Oxford
  • Howard Curtis, literary translator
  • Helen Calcutt, writer and poet
  • Bori Németh, Egyptologist, Budapest
  • Martin Reed, author, London
  • David Savill, novelist, University of Salford
  • C. Stene Duckworth, Publisher, Writer, Entrepreneur, United States
  • Cathy Dreyer, University of South Wales
  • Fiona Pitt-Kethley, writer.
  • Chrissie Gittins, writer, playwright
  • Simon Williams, poet, technical journalist
  • Balint Bethlenfalvy
  • Stephen Payne, Professor of Human-Centric Systems, University of Bath
  • Sai Leighild, Professor, poet, beekeeper
  • Kate Birch, publisher
  • John Freeman, writer and critic
  • Richard Skinner, novelist, Director of Fiction, Faber Academy
  • Éanann Mac Donnchadha, translator, Barcelona
  • Barbara Smith, writer and teacher
  • Alessandra Bava, translator and poet, Rome, Italy
  • James Milner, novelist, Creative Writing MFA Director, Kingston University
  • Ron Carey, poet
  • Rosemary Major, nurse, Oxford
  • Myrto Gondicas, translator, poet
  • Pam Bridgeman M Phil retired teacher
  • Rachel Rooney, teacher and poet
  • Edward Grdner, psychotherapist
  • Sally Evans, poet, writer and bookseller
  • Aline P’nina Tayar, conference interpreter and author
  • Tim Dooley, poet, visiting lecturer, University of Westminster
  • Paul Olchváry, translator and publisher
  • Emma Lee, poet, Leicester, UK
  • James McGrath, author and lecturer, Leeds
  • Helen Szirtes, writer and editor
  • Josie Crescent-Moon, writer
  • Fiona Larkin, poet, London
  • Steven Waling, poet, reviewer
  • Sandy Solomon, writer
  • Adam Horovitz, poet, UK
  • Nigel Parke, book dealer
  • Eleanor Hooker, poet, Ireland
  • Georgia Varjas, speaker, writer
  • Donald Campbell, Retired social worker and social work teacher
  • Richard Copeland, poet
  • Amaia Gabantxo, literary translator
  • Pippa Little, Royal Literary Fund Fellow, poet
  • Donald Gardner, poet and translator
  • Robin Buckallew
  • Eryl Shields artist, writer
  • Roland Nilsson
  • Rachel Hore, writer, university tutor
  • Padrika Tarrant, writer
  • John Eliot, poet, Wales
  • Judith Buckrich, historian, Melbourne, Australia
  • Eszter Molnár, literary translator
  • Steve Foulger
  • Clive Stubbs, playwright
  • Katie Flook
  • Susan Greenberg
  • Bethany Rivers, poet
  • Kinga Fabó, poet, Budapest
  • David Grant, teacher, Glasgow, Scotland
  • David Alcock, architectural conservation
  • John Kay, teacher
  • Jody Porter, poet, poetry editor Morning Star
  • Bob Hopcraft, headteacher
  • Khadim Hussain, Sacred Alien Comix
  • Caroline Gilfillan, poet and fiction writer
  • Jill Townsend, writer
  • Clarissa Upchurch, artist
  • Neil McCarthy, poet, Austria
  • Véronique Martin, writer, France
  • Carla Palmieri, translator, Italy
  • Davide Trame, teacher
  • Gary Moon, community support organiser
  • Daniele Pantano, poet, Switzerland
  • Julia Webb, poet, poetry editor, Lighthouse Literary Journal
  • Sue Hubbard, poet, novelist, art critic, London
  • Tina Gharavi, filmmaker and academic
  • Richard Livermore, poet, magazine editor
  • Zachary Bos, editor, New England Review of Books
  • Lyn Moir, poet, translator
  • Johanna Boal, librarian, poet
  • Ann Leshy Wood, writer, musician
  • Sandra Reed, librarian, London
  • Rachel Winter, psychoanalytic psychotherapist
  • Caroline M Davies, poet, pensions adviser
  • Pru Kitching, poet
  • Pierre Ringwald, teacher, Helsinki
  • Stephen Oliver, poet / voice artist
  • Sam Gwyn
  • Sally-anne Lomas, television director / producer
  • Sean O’Brien, poet
  • Jack Little, poet
  • Michael Prince, artist, Nottingham
  • Duncan McGibbon, poet
  • David Swann, teacher and writer