This pair meets great: Maria Α. Ioannou and a festival. Starting out as an author Maria felt the need to bring literature to the people in Cyprus – in different ways than to write. That is why in 2013 she started a literary festival for hybrid artistic creations: SARDAM. Hear how she started it, how it developed and how her motherhood is influencing her. Continue reading Maria A. Ioannou – A festival organiser of Cyprus
Sivuvalo is literary activism at its best. The network/publishing company that works across national borders to promote non-Finnish literature from Finland is a fresh way for literature in a globalized world. Continue reading Sivuvalo – Spot it on the globe
How to adress the acuteness of migrants issues in poetry? Even though a literary entreprise that has many agents, according to Sabine Venaruzzo, she feels the need to work with words of migrants with a different approach than many others. She will perform a symbolic march – or a somatic performance – starting today, January 19th. The open-outcome project will be going on for over 2 years and aims to cross European borders in many different fashions.
Engaged literature has many faces. What unites these approaches is, though, the will to change something in the reader’s mind. A goal. This is the reason why these works reflect a will to address issues of political, social and cultural explosiveness. Mirko, born in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) has published several volumes of poetry, essays, columns and stories and founded a literary festival. “I want to give a differentiated view”, he says when asked what his goals are. And these views are often connected to his home country. So let’s find out what his literature has to do with his origins. Continue reading Mirko Božić – A “Literary Activist”
Spitzweg’s lonely poet – how many times have you seen it on students walls or as a facebook profile picture? How many have at some point identified with the poor poet? A lonely poet in a roof chamber holding on to nothing but an umbrella and a book. This Saturday the Lettrétage will turn pages upside down and into the internet. 4 acclaimed poets met during one week from 9-to-5 to produce a piece of a long poem which will be presented on 5 November.
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”
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
What can be called contemporary literature? And indeed, who is the one to answer that question? Read how the authors arrive at that question and what it has to do with the Lions Club in Tekirdağ, on the way from Istanbul to Thessaloniki.
Continue reading MESSENGER INTERVIEW: Co(n)temporary
Bulgaria, the country you know from your yoghurt. That’s where OMNIBUS toured last week with seven authors from different countries. I joined the group on their very last day accompanying them via chat to a small island. I got some insights into a community full of love and enduring friendship.
This week’s OMNIBUS group of authors have been traveling from Austria to Serbia. On the way they picked up some stories before finally dropping by the international arts and literature festival in Belgrade, KROKODIL. What are the artists doing on a festival morning? To get an insight, I started an experiment. I chatted with the authors for around an hour on Saturday 25th about whether OMNIBUS can be a political statement, about breakfast on the tour and the incredible heat. Continue reading Messenger interview: Authors of Week 8