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. (…)

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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 (…)

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What poetry are we going to read in 2018?

The European Poet of Freedom Literary Award is granted every two years, which means that the upcoming edition of the festival will take place in 2018. However, we already know the countries from which the nominations come from, namely: Azerbaijan, (…)

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Walking on Stilts: Four Days at the European Poet of Freedom Festival

Jonathan Edwards It’s difficult to walk on stilts. It’s difficult to walk on stilts on cobblestones. It’s difficult to walk on stilts when it’s a bright day, and you’re wearing a floor-length (even in stilts) heavy tartan coat, and you’re (…)

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The first English-language selection of Sergey Stratanovsky

Sergey Stratanovsky’s Muddy River is the first comprehensive English-language selection of a contemporary existentialist Russian master. Taken together, the poems express the full range of Stratanovsky’s verse, drawing on seven collections that represent half a century of writing. Muddy River (…)

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Ana Blandiana has won the title of the European Poet of Freedom 2016

Ana Blandiana has won the title of the European Poet of Freedom 2016 for the collection “Mea Patria A4”. She was awarded with a statuette and 100.000 PLN. Joanna Kornaś-Warwas has been awarded with a statuette and 10.000 PLN for (…)

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The European Poet of Freedom: programme details

Click here for programme details The European Poet of Freedom is the only Polish festival dedicated to the latest European poetry. During the Festival we announce the winner of a most unique award – for the volume of foreignlanguage poetry translated into (…)

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The Seven Adventures Club

General description: The European Poet of Freedom Festival welcomes all children to join the Seven Adventures Club. In preparation for the forthcoming festival the City Culture Institute has prepared seven journeys inspired by the home countries of the nominees for (…)

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Gdańsk: The City of Poetry. The European Poet of Freedom Festival takes place 17th to 19th of March 2016

17th to 19th March Gdańsk will become the poetic heart of Europe. The City Culture Institute will be hosting literary meetings, artistic events and invites everyone to experience the poetry created by our international guests during the International European Poet (…)

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Poetry has a lot to do with freedom. Interview with Vanni Bianconi

In August 2015 Vanni Bianconi, one of this year’s nominees for the European Poet of Freedom Award, visited Gdańsk and talked to Michał Sowiński and Martyna Nowicka about freedom in poetry and his favourite Polish poets. Bianconi is not only (…)

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