Ioana Bradea (b. 1975) published her first novel, Băgău, in 2004 and was awarded the Debut Prize by the Union of Romanian Writers. The book was considered to be “a disperate leap that the author succeeded in taking and corrects the painful and – so far – sad efforts made in relieving the taboos of the literary language” (Tania Radu). The book marked Ioana Bradea as one of the most promising talented young writers in Romania. Her second novel, Scotch (2010), represents the image of the afflicted postindustrial space of a small town. It is a strange musical prose poem about deserted factories, cranes and machine tools with complicated names that have become useless in the brave new contemporary Romania.
'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.
Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.
At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.