Literature as a European mother tongue: In our series “One is a CROWD”, we introduce you to authors from all over Europe who will be involved in the CROWD omnibus reading tour, taking place from May to July 2016, featuring 100 authors who will be travelling through 15 European countries. We asked them questions about text production, reception and mediation. In case you were wondering what a literary activist from Finland looks like, meet Eino Santanen!
Have you ever participated in collaborative author/reader projects? And if so, what do you find interesting about it?
I have participated once in a co-author project. It was fun, but difficult at the same time. I found it very difficult to reach the artistic level I wanted in co-writing.
Which literary event did fascinate you most and why?
Poetry Moon festival in Helsinki is the most interesting bunch of literary events in Finland. The sheer variety of events is amazing. The festival includes very experimental and interdisclipinary events as well as the most traditional readings. It has been one of the main laboratories of text-based or literal performance/live-art scene that has been growing among younger poets/writers in the last decade.
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