Literature as a European mother tongue: In our series “One is a CROWD”, we introduce you to authors from all over Europe who were involved in the CROWD Omnibus Reading Tour, taking place from May to July 2016, featuring 100 authors who traveled through 15 European countries. We asked them questions about text production, reception and mediation. In case you were wondering what a literary activist from Copenhagen looks like, meet Alen Mešković! Continue reading One is a CROWD – Alen Mešković
Literature as a European mother tongue: In our series “One is a CROWD”, we introduce you to authors from all over Europe who were involved in the CROWD Omnibus Reading Tour, taking place from May to July 2016, featuring 100 authors who traveled through 15 European countries. We asked them questions about text production, reception and mediation. In case you were wondering what a literary activist from Berlin looks like, meet Maria Cecilia Barbetta! Continue reading One is a CROWD – Maria Cecilia Barbetta
Now in it’s full feature length and almost unedited glory – the shenanigans of the authors of week 5 of the OMNIBUS Reading Tour in Frankfurt on the Oder – take a look at the beautiful scenery, beautiful people and listen to a mix of local and not-local literature, the sound of different languages and funky music!
A huge thank you to all three local authors, Maik Altenburg, Sören Bollmann and Carmen Winter, who shared their experience of Franfurt/Oder with us, as well as the City of Frankfurt (Oder) Department for Urban Development, Construction, Environmental Protection and Culture for supporting the project “Living and Writing between Borders” as well as all our sponsors: Creaetive Europe Programme of the European Union; Kulturstiftung des Bundes; Frankfurt Oder / Slubice, Ohne Grenzen. Brez granic; Stiftung Preussische Seehandlung; VBKI; and others
The authors of the 6th week of the #crowlitbus OMNIBUS Reading Tour have traveled to Frankfurt on the Oder, a German town right next to the Polish border. They took walks through the town with three local authors which showed them their favourite spots in and arround the city, where they also exchanged some (literary) words. Not only German and Polish was spoken, but also Finnish, Slovenian and English. The short snippets feature Maik Altenburg, Sören Bollmann and Carmen Winter, guiding Harri Hertell, Artur Becker and Anja Golob through their Frankfurt(s).
Stay tuned for the whole movie, set to debut next week on the 4th of October!
Steven J. Fowler, who participated in the 8th week on our OMNIBUS Reading Tour, shared some of his impressions on the tour with the Literaturehaus Europa:
CROWD Literature’s Omnibus project was a literary tour like few others, running from May to August in 2016, from the far north of Finland to the beaches of the Mediterranean in Cyprus. It lasted twelve weeks, taking over 100 poets from nearly 40 countries by bus through 14 nations in Europe with over 50 events, readings and performances. Unsurprisingly a project operating with such a maximalist ambition required dozens of local partners, aside from its foundational creative of team of Forum Stadtpark Graz, Lettretage, Ideogramma and Nuoren Voiman Liitto, and hundreds of people working hard to make it happen. I had the privilege of being on the latter part of the tour, on the Graz and Belgrade legs.
There are the facts of it. For my own part the experience was as generative, challenging, exciting and memorable as you’d expect, sharing intimate time, bonding closely, with old friends and new, writing, reading, talking and performing. But more than this, it was an experience of overwhelming irony.
You can read the rest of his report on Literaturhaus Europa’s website.
Fiston Mwanza Mujila travelled on the OMNIBUS Reading Tour in the very first week from Helsinki across the arctic circle way up into the north. Coming originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, journeying has become a necessary part of Fiston’s life as an author and migrant emplyoing a unique perspective on countries and national borders. I talked with Fiston about travelling, the OMNIBUS Reading Tour, guilt and influences on writing. Continue reading Fiston Mwanza Mujila – “Finland was my non-lieu”
A meeting of Minds
Poetry begins when beauty embraces
a moment of truth. One senses it deeply
when it is shared, when there is a
meeting of minds and when both
space and time add to its purpose.
Continue reading Athena Temvriou on OMNIBUS Reading Tour (Week XII)
The OMNIBUS reading tour, spanning over 12 weeks, has reached its final stage: Cyprus – and its final week. Elvis has not yet left the building, though. Cyprus is still a divided country, a country where arts and politics share a different relationship. Read here how the authors perceived the literary scene in Cyprus, have an inside look into the political situation and think about when you last heard a siren wailing. This may indeed be quite a fitting end to a journey which has traversed the whole of the European Union. Continue reading Messenger Interview: Authors of the final week
Cypriot #crowdlitbus author George Christodoulides finishes up with our small but in no way dull series of past fragments of the last few weeks with some thoughts on the last event in Athens. Don’t forget to tune in tonight to our livestream, broadcasting the closing ceremony to the comfort of your sofa, couch, bath or wherever you choose to tune in!
Continue reading #crowdlitbus diary with George Christodoulides
And what did the cicadas in Delphi sing about? Norway #crowdlitbus author Tone Hødnebø (you can read her One is a CROWD interview here) tells it all! As we close in to Friday and the closing event of our epic tour, let us reminisce a bit and slow down the flow of time. Look forwards in the next days for short and insightful journal entires, essays and thoughts by our #crowdlitbus authors on their journey from Istanbul to Athens!
Continue reading #crowdlitbus odyssey continued with Tone Hødnebø