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 books nominated for the Award will have their premier issues:

Selim Babullaoglu Nie ma kto pisać do pułkownika (Polkovnikə heç kim yazmır), transl. by Ilaha Karimova and Grażyna Zając

Tatev Chakhian Dowód (nie)osobisty (Անանձնա(գրա)յին), transl. by Haik Howannisjan and Paweł Sakowski

Dumitru Crudu Fałszywy Dymitr (Falsul Dimitrie), transl. by Jakub Kornhauser and Joanna Kornaś-Warwas

Plamen Doinov Sofia Berlin (София Берлин), transl. by Dymitr Dobrew and Dorota Dobrew, Hanna Karpińska, Wojciech Gałązka

Erkka Filander Biała burza przebudzenia (Heräämisen valkea myrsky), transl. by Katarzyna Szal

Alice Oswald Zapadać w jawę (Falling Awake), transl. by Magda Heydel

Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir Wolność (Frelsi), transl. by Jacek Godek

Menno Wigman A imię moje Legion (Mijn naam is Legioen), transl. by Barbara Kalla and Adam Wiedemann

The Laureates will be chosen by the jury composed of: Krzysztof Czyżewski, Paweł Huelle, Andrzej Jagodziński, Zbigniew Mikołejko, Stanisław Rosiek, Anda Rottenberg, Beata Stasińska and Olga Tokarczuk.

Along with meetings with the authors, the programme of the festival will include debates and confrontations, critical quarter hours of Polish literary critics, a poetry slam, a poetry reading night, and an Award gala directed by Wiktor Rubin.

The Artistic Director of the Festival is Tadeusz Dąbrowski. The detailed programme will be available soon.