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A laudation for Sinéad Morrisey

A LAUDATION FOR SINÉAD MORRISEY EUROPEAN POET OF FREEDOM 2020 Sinéad Morrisey gives freedom a new name, an unexpected one––the name of balance. She comes from Ireland, a country with a poetic harp in its national emblem, where for centuries bards were equal to kings. They were also always men. As the late Eavan Boland wrote, “Poet and woman do not rhyme in Ireland.” Today the situation is radically different, the voice of women speaks with the power of courage, (…)

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Sinéad Morrissey – European Poet of Freedom 2020

Sinéad Morrissey was honored with the Gdansk’s European Poet of Freedom Literary Award 2020 for the volume “On balance”, translated by Magda Heydel. The jurors recognized the way the poet travels between different cultures, her impressive knowledge of the world, and the ability to speak the languages of various poetic forms, which echo both the fascination with folk imagination and modern science. The award ceremony will take place on August 31st in Gdansk, while an open meeting with the winners (…)

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Versopolis Festival of Hope

So many conversations, messages, emails or letters sent to you or by you in the last months begin with these words. Hope is the final, ultimate aspiration that stays caught in Pandora’s box after all evil is being released among humans. Hope is a key concept of imagining a different, a better future in the most difficult, unpredictable and challenging times. Versopolis is organizing the Festival of Hope – virtual meeting with poetry and literature. Opening: April 23, 6pm UTC+2. (…)

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Get to know the authors shortlisted for the 2020 European Poet of Freedom Award

On March 21st, 2020, we’ll find out who won the 2020 European Poet of Freedom Literary Award of the City of Gdańsk. This event will mark the end of the 10-year-old publishing series, through which the City Culture Institute has introduced Polish readers to most recent European poetry. A total of 46 poetry volumes from all over Europe have been published. The most recent ones, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Georgia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Latvia and Malta, are already on (…)

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We know the nominees of the 2020 European Poet of Freedom Literary Award of the City of Gdańsk

The jury of the European Poet of Freedom Award, chaired by Krzysztof Czyżewski, has announced the nominees of the Award’s 6th edition. The selected poets come from eight European states: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Georgia, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia and Malta. The winner will be chosen in March 2020 during the European Poet of Freedom International Literature Festival in Gdańsk. The main rationale behind the European Poet of Freedom Literary Award funded by the City of Gdańsk is to introduce (…)

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Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir has won the European Poet of Freedom Literary Award of the City of Gdańsk

Reykjavik-born Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir is the European Poet of Freedom 2018, with her volume Frelsi (Freedom) translated into Polish by Jacek Godek. The poet receives a statuette and PLN 100,000 and the translator of the winning volume – a statuette and PLN 20,000. Frelsi won the jury’s hearts by taking up one of the most important challenges facing contemporary Europe: how to manage the freedom we’ve gained for ourselves. “According to the poet, this lies at the core of a number (…)

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The International Festival of Literature European Poet of Freedom will be held in Gdansk between 23rd and 25th March

The fifth edition of the International Festival of Literature European Poet of Freedom will take place between 23rd and 25th March. The event will gather numerous guests from Poland and other countries, including the poets nominated for the Award. The European Poet of Freedom Award will also be granted to the best translation of a poetry book. The laureates will be announced during a ceremonial gala on the last day of the Festival. During the Festival, the following eight poetry (…)

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An interview with Bogusława Sochańska, translator of Yahya Hassan’s poetry

In 2016, Danish author Yahya Hassan’s collection of poems, “Digte” was shortlisted for the Polish literary prize ‘Gdansk European Poet of Freedom Award’. Danish Culture Institute’s director in Poland, Boguslawa Sochanska, had recommended him for the prize in her capacity as translator. Yahya Hassan did not win the award, but the nomination resulted in a Polish publication of “Digte”  – in Polish “Yahya Hassan: Wiersze” translated by Boguslawa Sochanska. This was a great achievement since not much poetry is published in Poland from (…)

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Free Words: A Handbook for Individual and Group Exercises

Freedom seems to be one of the most basic yet desirable and prominent values, which keeps reappearing in poetry. No wonder a new EPoF publication is entitled “Free Words: A Handbook for Individual and Group Exercises” Grzegorz Jankowicz and Zofia Król, the editors, perceive the bond between freedom and poetry as something natural and indisputable. Their book is a real creative masterpiece, as it gathers interviews, essays and comments concerning both authors and translators, but most importantly, all crucial information (…)

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