Poets gathered in Bratislava

Ars Poetica, the largest international literary festival in Slovakia, took place in the A4 Club on Bratislava's SNP Square between October 11 and 18.

The event featured Slovak and foreign authors reading from their work, as well as concerts, movie screenings, discussions and informal meetings. Ciaran Carson from Great Britain started things off with a creative workshop on October 11. The first evening of the festival was dedicated to British poetry, featuring authors Brian Johnstone, Ken Cockburn, Leontia Flynn, Paul Grattan and Ciaran Carson. Slovak publishing houses were introduced on October 12, followed by a lecture on British poetry by Rod Mengham.

The programme included two workshops for translators, held by Rod Mengham from Britain and Ján Buzássy from Slovakia. On Friday, October 13, an international round-table discussion on publishing and translation of poetry took place in Budmerice, attended by Elisa Biagini, Joachim Dvořák, Darek Foks, Sylvia Geist, Rod Mengham, Ivica Prtenjaća and Marc Woodworth. This picturesque village provides writers and poets with a manor where they stay and be completely dedicated to creating.

By Jana Liptáková

23. Oct 2006 at 0:00