-Readings at the Nazim Hikmet cultural centre


Sunday 31st October
5pm - 8pm
Nazim Hikmet Cultural Centre
7 Ali Suavi Sokak
Kadikoy, Istanbul

25 Word Express writers from all over South East Europe and the UK will arrive in Istanbul this weekend for three days of literary performance and cultural exchange. They will be performing their poetry, prose and visual art and talk about their experiences of translation alongside their Turkish hosts at the historic Nazim Hikmet cultural centre. Join us for a literary journey across borders and languages.

Elizabeta Bakovska (Macedonia), Augustin Cupsa(Romania), Christos Chrissopoulos (Greece), Sian Melagell Dafydd (UK/Wales), Milan Dobričić (Serbia), Jasmina Topić (Serbia),  Kamelia Spassova (Bulgaria), Katerina Iliopoulou (Greece), Yiannis Isidorou(Greece),  Jovica Ivanovski (Macedonia), Harut Kbeyan(Armenia), Sladan Lipovec (Croatia), Roman Simi ć (Croatia), Alex Epstein (Israel),  Faruk Šehić (Bosnia), Zaza Koshkadze (Georgia),   Ryan van Winkle (US/Scotland), Radu Vancu (Romania), Anat Zecharia Ursula Sterle (Slovenia)

These authors and translators will be joining their Turkish hosts, writers: Gokçenur Ç Nurduran Duman, Efe Duyan, Barış Müstecaplıoğlu, Yaprak Öz, Önur Caymaz Mehmet Altun, Onur Behramoğluand Barış Agir.


'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.