-Sha'ar Festival, Tel Aviv

"Four days of poetry and peace"

18th - 24th October 2010

Word Express poets Netalie Braun, Gokçenur Çelebioğlu, Ivan Hristov, Ana Ristovic , Dana Lubinsky, Ali Nasuh Mawas and Anat Zekharia will come together for a workshop to prepare a poetry and multimedia performance for the 10th Sha'ar International Poetry Festival organised by Helicon Society for the Advancement of Poetry in Israel.

Sha’ar involves the public in the dialogue through multi-media works in both Arabic and Hebrew. Besides poetry readings a panel discussion and meetings with editors of poetry journals, the festival presents collaborations of poetry with other artistic fields: music, dance, video art, visual arts, theatre.

Sha’aris the Arabic word for “poem” and the Hebrew word for “gate”.   To find out more visit  www.helicon.org.il


'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.