It was the year 1996 when a group of friends met in a charming village in the hills of one of Slovenia’s most famed wine regions. They happened to be poets by profession and wine-lovers by heart, and knew very well that the combination of both, of poetry and wine, is a match made in heaven. And thus, the Days of Poetry and Wine were born. Today, 20 festivals, 400 guest poets (among them the likes of Ko Un, C. D. Wright, Michel Deguy, Yang Lian, Tomaž Šalamun and many others), more than 500 concerts, exhibitions, art performances, installations and other events later, thousands of visitors and guests who have had the pleasure of enjoying the unique atmosphere of the Days of Poetry and Wine agree: this is the perfect combination, one not to be missed. A few years ago, the festival found a new home in Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest town in the heart of one of Europe's most fascinating wine-growing regions at the crossroads of several cultures. The Days of Poetry and Wine continue to grow every year, and in 2014, the festival became a member of the European poetry platform Versopolis. To see what exciting things this year's edition will bring, please click the link above.
Since its beginnings in 2004, World Literatures – Fabula has become Slovenia’s premier prose festival, known throughout the region. It takes place at the end of winter in the country's picturesque capital of Ljubljana, which also holds the permanent title of UNESCO's City of Literature, awarded to cities with a rich literary heritage that promote their local creative scene. In its past editions, the festival has hosted numerous acclaimed writers, among them Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller, Man Booker laureate Richard Flanagan, Jonathan Franzen, Michel Houellebecq, Janice Galloway, Amitav Ghosh, Hanif Kureishi, Irvine Welsh, Bernardo Atxaga, Sofi Oksanen, and Mathias Énard, to name just a few. The festival has a special focus each year and always publishes new books by all five central guest authors. In addition to bringing top literature and prominent writers, Fabula has a diverse accompanying programme – from workshops to film screenings – that speaks to everyone, from younger to older generations of readers, from lovers of literature to those who rarely attend such events. To read more about Fabula and its most recent edition, please follow the link above.
Great young poets write in all languages but are often unknown beyond the boundaries of the language they write in. The aim of the project is to change this by creating a unique, European-wide platform that gives emerging European poets a chance to become international poetry stars. Versopolis, a network of 13 renowned literary festivals, is a platform that enables poets to participate at festivals across Europe and supports translation and publication of their poetry in English, as well as in the languages of the festivals. At the same time, Versopolis serves as an extensive and comprehensive archive of quality contemporary poetry and since 2016 also operates as an online literary magazine, European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture, with great new texts by major international authors on poetry, books, art, film, music, thought, travel, opinion and more. Visit www.versopolis.com and find out where poetry lives!
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