3 journeys took place in the second half of October 2009 and ending in Istanbul at the time of the Istanbul Book Fair.
1 Ljubljana – Zagreb – (via Belgrade) Skopje - Thessaloniki – Istanbul
2 Bucharest – Sofia – Thessaloniki – Istanbul
3 Sarajevo – Belgrade – (via Skopje) Thessaloniki – Istanbul
Istanbul is the location where the three journeys converged and where the journey participants spent five days, meeting young Turkish authors, exploring the city and giving readings. A second meeting will be organised in Istanbul in 2010, as part of the Istanbul European Capital of Culture 2010 events. In later stages, depending on additional funding, we envisage organising other events in the participating countries, including the UK.
'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.