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Coordinator:
Irek Grin

Details of the program

 

Coordinator:

Irek Grin
 

European Literature Night, part of the European Capital of Culture 2016 program, is a project that has already taken root in the consciousness of the inhabitants of Wroclaw and literature lovers from all over Poland. The event owes its popularity to its unconventional, open formula, which enables a wide audience to become acquainted with the work of contemporary writers from many countries. It encourages reading and contact with other cultures, and also demonstrates that literature is in fashion. The project has been successfully run in Europe for many years, and each of its Wroclaw editions has attracted more than ten thousand Wroclawians, enjoying favourable comments from the press and participants alike.  


 

The aim of the project is to present the hitherto unknown work of contemporary European writers, who write in different styles and languages, to the widest possible audience. Public readings by media personalities in unusual venues that are not usually associated with literature allow the recipients to experience the power of prose in an entirely new way. In the past, some of the readings were done in, for example, a swimming pool, the courtyard of a medieval prison, parks, gardens and avant-garde exhibition spaces. 

 

The central theme of the 2015 European Literature Night in Wroclaw was the artist and the creative process. Consequently, we invited all participants to take a walk around the museums and galleries of Wroclaw, from the medieval Town Hall, through the Municipal Gallery to the Spanish Bookshop and, notably, Bar Barbara, where evening readings were an important event of the opening weekend of ECoC’s information centre.

 

For the second time, the 2015 edition of European Literature Night was prepared in cooperation with renowned Polish publishing companies. The excerpts that were read came from the most recent books published by Wydawnictwo Czarne, Wydawnictwo KEW, Książkowe Klimaty, Oficyna Wydawnicza Noir sur Blanc, Świat Książki, W.A.B. and Wydawnictwo Znak. The event was accompanied by promotional activities for the books from the program, thus encouraging participants to read the rest of the novels they had listened to on June 13.

 

European Literature Night in Wroclaw is constantly expanding its program in order to encourage more people to reach for the printed word. This is why the 2015 edition, apart from numerous events for children, such as workshops and the Wroclaw premiere of the latest spectacle by the Cracow-based Uszyty Theatre, included two literary surprises. Before the readings, a meeting with a special guest, the famous Polish writer and journalist Hanna Krall was held. She talked about her work and recent books, excerpts of which were read out by Maja Ostaszewska. Moreover, in the late evening, the courtyard of the Municipal Arsenal became the venue for a concert by Świetliki, a band that successfully combines music with literature. June 13 was an incredible literary feast of Wroclaw! 

 

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The City Gallery in Wroclaw

 

Here Maja Bohosiewicz read a passage from the book A Winter Book by Tove Jansson (original title: Meddelande).

 

Tove Jansson | Finland

 

Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator, and comic strip author. She is best known as the author of the Moomin books for children.

 

Owing to the unusual atmosphere of the portrayed world, the direct and humorous language (devoid of any excessive moralizing) unprecedented in children’s literature, as well as the illustrations created by Jansson herself, the Moomins book series has gained immense popularity. In addition to the series, Jansson wrote books for adults, created pieces of art (paintings and frescos) and illustrated novels such as: The Hobbit, or There and Back Again and Alice in Wonderland. The novelist received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966 (an international literary award for authors and illustrators of children’s books) and the Prize of the Swedish Academy in 1994. On December 2, 1976, in the Polish People’s Republic Embassy in Helsinki, Tove Jansson accepted The Order of the Smile, which was granted to her in 1975. For forty years, until her death, the writer lived in a relationship with her female partner and the graphic designer Tuulikki Pietilä, who illustrated many of Jansson’s books. Tove Jansson died on June 27, 2001 in Helsinki. She is still adored by both children and adults around the world. The Moomins books have been translated into 34 languages and sold millions of copies. They are the most frequently translated works of Finnish literature after the Finnish epic poem Kalevala and the novels of Mika Waltari.

 

A passage from her storybook titled Meddelande was read during the European Literature Night 2015. The book was translated by Teresa Chłapowska and Justyna Czechowska, and published in February 2015 under the imprint of Marginesy Publishing House.

 

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Katarzyna Janusik – koordynatorka merytoryczna projektu: katarzyna.janusik@wroclaw2016.pl

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