Athens International Literature Festival
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Word Express writers came together again this May at the Athens International Literature Festival at Dasien Cafe. The three-day event in the Greek capital featured poetry and visual arts:
- Three Word Express poets Ivan Hristov (Bulgaria), Adela Greceanu, (Romania) and Gokçenur Çelebioğlu (Turkey) read and discussed their work alongside three Greek poets Phoebe Giannisi, Gianna Boukova and Giorgos Hantzis.
- Six writers also took part in a ten-day Athens residency, producing a new work that conceptualises their experience of the city. On the last day of the festival, all six works were shown at the Athens-Contemp Party with readings, discussions, screenings and performances. The participating authors are all those work transcends the boundaries between writing and visual and performing art: Netalie Braun (Israel), Tom Chivers (UK), joined Greek writers Thodoris Chiotis, Giannis Isidorou, Katerina Iliopoulou, Efthymis Kosemund Sanidis, Lina Theodorou, and Phoebe Giannisi.
The festival took place at the same time as riots in Athens, when protesters reacted to austerity cuts imposed by the Greek government. Poet Tom Chivers responded to these events on his blog This is Yogic and you can also read more about the events and authors involved by clicking on the links below:
'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.