Word Express

Word Express is a project for literary exchange in South-East Europe. In a region marked with past and present conflicts, Word Express aims to cross cultural and linguistic boundaries and bring new literary voices of the region to the fore.

 October 2009. Three epic train journeys took place from three corners of South East Europe.

Starting from Ljubljana, Bucharest and Sarajevo, a group of adventurous authors and translators from  Armenia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia, Greece, Israel Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania and the United Kingdom travelled through the Balkans to Istanbul, Turkey.

The Word Express writers arrived in Istanbul on 30th October and spent five days giving readings and meeting other writers at the newly launched Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival and the annual Istanbul Book Fair.

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'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.


Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.


At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.