March 6, 2018

April 2, 2018 Feature: How Literature Can Save the World

A Talk by Alex Went...
In which Went will wind his way through a number of hot topics including a) What is lasting about literature and how, far from being a shadow of reality, it can act as a disruptive influence, exposing the shadiness of the world through its own brilliance. b) literature as a store of value and a means of currency – call it the bookchain c) the new hope of literacy. And more, or less. Designed to provoke. Come one, come all.

February 6, 2018

March 5, 2018 Feature: Neil McCarthy

Neil McCarthy is an Irish poet who lives in Vienna. His debut collection “Stopgap Grace” draws on years spent outside of Ireland where he has lived, worked and been a guest poet in places such as LA, Melbourne, Bucharest and NYC to name a few. He is also a veteran of 4 Prague Fringe Festivals where he performed with The Voice & The Verse ensemble. Fellow poet and friend Stephen Murray has described his book as “a love letter to the world on the eve of its destruction”. The collection “Stopgap Grace” is available from

December 28, 2017

February 5, 2018 Feature: Urban Space Epics

Urban Space Epics is a project started by author/programmer/performance-poet Darrell Jónsson in the 1980s as a framework to combine 20th century experimental film techniques, innovative music, and epic narrative chants with live expanded cinema. These sung stories along with expanded film techniques improvise within a Homeric structure to illustrate colorful trans-cultural adventures. Jónsson is an honorary member of the Northern California Light Artist Guild, a member of the Center for Visual Music and has published 4 chapbooks of poetry and short stories.A Kindle-eBook version of Jonsson's stories entitled XYL: The Spectacular Suicides of the Acrobats of Logic and Reason is available on Amazon. His musical collaboration with folklorist/musician Matej Kratochvil entitled Studio 17 Duets was recently released on the Czech-Finnish label Meteroismo.

XYL: The Spectacular Suicides of the Acrobats of Logic and Reason

Jónsson & Kratochvíl - Studio 17 Duets
The Alchemy Reading & Performance Series will leap past the first Monday of January, it being New Years Day. Our stellar 2018 season will begin on the first Monday in February. Look forward to a new year of inspiring presentations and a chance to share your creative work with others throughout 2018.

October 29, 2017

December 4, 2017 Feature: Venika Hartlyn

Venika Hartlyn is a young Czech singer-songwriter and pianist living in Olomouc. She is interested in popular music both as a performer and also as the postgraduate student of musicology at the Palackého University. Before she started composing her own material around her twenties, she used to perform covers of her favourite artists like Carole King or Hanson. She mostly play solo, but had a few gigs with a band and one of them took place in Jazz Tibet Club in Olomouc. 

Location: The ACT Prague. Na Kralovce 7, Vršovice, Prague 10

October 26, 2017

November 6, 2017: Susanne Kass

Susanne Kass is an intermedia artist working with text, performance, video and sound. Her main fields of interest are language and communication. She has a BA in Media Culture from the former Swedish Polytechnic in Finland and an MA from the Novia University of Applied Sciences and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. She has participated in exhibitions and festivals in Finland, Germany, Australia and Mexico and lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.
Followed by Open mic poetry, prose, music and mayhem.
So good it will make your head explode.
Location: The ACT Prague.

October 2, 2017 feature: Debbie Liebenberg

Debbie is a Freelance English teacher for adults and a journalist for Ya-Ty Magazine. She is also an award-winning Toastmaster as she has won numerous ‘Best speaker’ awards as well as the trophy for second place in English improvised speaking where she represented the Bohemian Toastmaster’s Club in the 2016 Toastmaster’s Division L Conference in Bratislava. As the founder and chair of Scribbles & Giggles, a creative writing group in Prague, Debbie encourages writers to exercise their writing muscles and engage their creativity through creative writing exercises.

June 6, 2017

John Domini - July 10, 2017

Monday, July 10 (second Monday!) 7-9:30pm

NEW VENUE: Hybernská 4, Prague 1, (City Arts Complex of Charles University)
John Domini has earned rare praise for his new set of short stories, MOVIEOLA!  (Dzanc Books). Critics are calling it “the smartest kind of fun” and “a glory.” The book offers a romp through the cineplex of the moviemaker’s mind, in which the usual heroes, the superman or the assassin or the sports star, are trotted out for various dry runs. We recognize the story outlines, but we’ve never seen them so twisted. Domini also has two other story collections in print, and three novels. He's well-known in the US, with a number of awards, as well as criticism and journalism in many journals, including the New York Times. He has taught at at Harvard, Northwestern, and elsewhere, and as a performer, he keep things lively. Q & A afterward, and more information at

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April 2, 2015

13 April: David Vaughan on Elizabeth Jane Weston

Please note: this event takes place at 7.30pm on 13 April 2015 at the Swan Divadelni Klub in Divadlo Kolowrat, Ovocny Trh 6, Praha 1

 David Vaughan is a broadcaster, journalist and university lecturer. He is author of the book "Battle for the Airwaves" on the role of the media in the run-up to WWII. For eight years he was editor-in-chief of Radio Prague, the international service of Czech Radio, and prior to that he was the Prague correspondent of the BBC.

He has won national and international awards for his radio work. His documentary novel "Slyšte můj hlas" (Hear My Voice) was serialized by Czech Radio in 2013 and has just been published.

David has produced a number of fascinating documentaries for Czech Radio and the BBC on literary figures from Bohemia. Tonight he will be talking about the young British poet Elizabeth Jane Weston, who accompanied the alchemists Edward Kelley and John Dee to the court of Rudolf II in the late 1500s, and who is buried in St Thomas's church in Mala Strana.

February 25, 2015

Tzvi Shmilovich (Monday 2 March)

Tzvi was born sometime in the 20th century in Transylvania. When that latter-day Dracula, Ceausescu, let his Jews go for $5000 per capita deposited into his Swiss bank accounts by American Jewish Organisations, Tzvi migrated to Israel.  Growing up there he saw wars. Loved, and loved to hate, that tiny strip of land and the Israeli paradox that can cause claustrophobia, neuroses and severe delusions.

Following the completion of a Fine Arts course of studies he fled the Levant, and moved west. Then further west. Lived in Europe, Nigeria, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Sierra Foothills. Was married. Then was not. Painted, taught, exhibited art; inflicted on galleries and communities doodles and baffling (to himself included) conceptual art. Sculpted celebrated commemorative medals for numismatics and minting companies. Sweated, bled and shed tears creating businesses that fed the gargantuan American appetite for decorative nicknacks. Was an OK businessman but a lousy self-promoter when it came to everything else. During a broken heart episode he wandered into a local drama class and fell for the theatre. Performed here and there; did and does theatre & film.

Oh, yeah; he also commits poetry.  Once upon a time he published the celebrated - by those who celebrated it - collection 'Out Of Here'. Even his father liked some of them ( his English is bad. he doesn't read poetry). The poems made it into some literary journals, the names of which will not be disclosed here. Currently resides in Prague with a few spiders. From his small fifth floor studio apartment he can catch a glimpse of the tip of the Prague castle.