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.
A shout out to all our CROWDies: Over in Finland one of our partners, Nuoren Voiman Liitto, together with the city of Sysmä, is looking for eager young writers and translators, who would like to focus on their personal literary undertakings in a private and inspiring setting. Residency periods in Villa Sarkia are between one to three months. Continue reading Residency at Villa Sarkia
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
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
What is the relationship between reader and author in a digital age which blurs the borders between the two? How can literature be political today in the Anthropocene? These and others questions will be addressed during the international symposium Text-World–World-Text. Tonight will be the first of two evenings of lectures, performances and readings from more than 20 authors. Here I want to introduce some of them to you in juxtaposition. Continue reading Travel log. Authors of Week 7: Echoes
17 – 18 June 2016: TEXT-WORLD–WORLD-TEXT – ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EXPERIMENTATION, POLITICS AND LITERATURE
You can watch the the Symposium here LIVE STREAM from Forum Stadtpark
The CROWD OMNIBUS Reading Tour will also make a stop at the FORUM STADTPARK, where the symposium “Text-World–World-Text – On the relationship between experimentation, politics and literature” will be held. Over two days, more than 20 authors from Europe and beyond who are working in the field of so-called experimental literature will discuss today’s role of the author in society and also offer an in-depth look into their literary and aesthetic approaches and perspectives.
Julia Schiefer is reporting on the OMNIBUS Reading Tour – without actually partaking personally, of course! A blog somewhere between fiction and reality: she will be taking us on her own Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour with real insights instead of the usual sightseeing! Her excursions – open to all – are designed for everyday life (but mostly out of range). If you look to your left, you may see a dog chewing on a skirt; to your right, a scooter transporting a bucket of water as a chariot carries a peacock off to a jolly good show.