Istanbul 2009


Word Express - Poetry and Film
1st November,
14:00 - 15:30
Nazım Hikmek Cultural Centre

Word Express writers speak of their journey and read from their work. Plus a screening of films by Netalie Braun (Israel) .With Raman Mundair (UK), Adisa Basic (Bosnia), Claudiu Komartin (Romania), Aleksandra Dimitrova (Macedonia) , Uri Hollander (Israel) and Yaprak Oz.

Word Express - Poetry Reading

1st of November
18:30 - 20:00
Yerebatan Cistern

Anahit Hayrapetyan(Armenia), Katerina Iliopoulou (Greece),   Marko Pogacar (Croatia), Adela Greceanu (Romania), Milan Dobričić (Serbia), Uri Hollander (Israel), Gokçenur Ç (Turkey) and Efe Duyan (Turkey) present work and talk of their journey on the Word Express.

Word Express - closing reading  at Tuyap

3rd of November,
13:00 -  14:30
International Hall Forum, Hall 5

Prose readings from Owen Martell (UK), Chris Chrissopoulos (Greece), Ognjen Spahic (Montenegro), Mima Simic (Croatia), Mirt Komel (Slovenia), Igor Isakovski (Macedonia), Jaklin Celik and Baris Mustecaplioglu. Plus we present photos of the Word Express project by Anahit Hayrapetyan (Armenia).

These events happen in conjunction with two major literary events:

The inaugral Istanbul Tanipar Literature Festival, October 31st and November 3rd. 

The 2009 Istanbul Book Fair, 31 October - 8th of November.


'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.