Rosie Goldsmith is an award-winning journalist specialising in arts and current affairs, in the UK and abroad. In 20 years at the BBC she travelled the world, covering events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa, presenting flagship BBC programmes Front Row and Crossing Continents. Rosie speaks French, German and Italian and has lived in Germany, Africa and the USA.
Today she combines broadcasting and writing with chairing and running events and festivals in Britain and overseas and works closely with several leading cultural organisations. Rosie has interviewed many of the great names in culture and current affairs. Known in the UK as a champion of international literature, translation and language learning, she promotes them whenever she can. She has chaired European Literature Night at the British Library ever since it began in 2009 and runs the European Literature Network.
What was the last book you read?
Elena Ferrante’s new book ‘Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Life’ (translated by Ann Goldstein)
How did you buy it?
I was given it by the publisher – had to read it to host the launch of Ferrante’s book (without her, of course)
What are you watching right now on TV?
What TV series are you obsessing over right now?
‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ (Netflix)
Which great novel have you tried to read – but failed?
What was your first job?
And your first in the book industry?
I don’t have a job in the book industry – although it’s assumed I do – but I do have a passion to promote books in translation, because I’m a linguist and literature lover. It’s more convenient and cheaper if everyone in the book industry assumes the other person is paying my bills: they are not. What I do have is called passion.
What is the silliest thing you have on your desk?
2 tiny statuettes of a flamenco dancer and the Virgin Mary.
Tell us about a passionate interest you have outside the business.
Art, fashion, music, travel, food, wine – but I try to integrate them in ‘the business.’
What is the one essential item you bring to the Fair?
Comfortable but show-stopping red shoes.
What piece of advice would you give first-timers at the Fair?
To wear comfortable but conversation-inducing shoes.