15 May 2013 Writing Freedom

Since yesterday, over 200 guests from 50 countries have been debating in Krakow within the scope of an extraordinary international conference of ICORN and PEN International WiPC, the theme of which is Writing Freedom. The meeting was officially opened yesterday by, Timothy Garton Ash, Oxford Professor, with a lecture entitled Free Speech in a Crowded World. The second day is divided into a series of meetings at the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology and Villa Decius. In the evening, a poetry slam will take place at Alchemia Club (ul. Estery 5). Participants include Chenjerai Hove (Zimbabwe), Basem al-Nabriss (Palestine), Easterine Kire (Nagaland), Sjón (Island), Manal al-Sheikh (Iraq), Noufel Bouzeboudja (Algieria), Naimeh Sanaye (Iran), Mazen Maarouf (Palestine), Mansur Rajih (Jemen) and High Definition band. We  are starting at 9.30 p.m. Entrance is free of charge! You are most welcome!

See the photo gallery from the first day of the conference.

The Writing Freedom conference is organised as a part of the Reading Małopolska programme, supported by the Malopolska Regional Operational Programme for 2007-2013. Within the programme the region of Małopolska and its capital Krakow want to communicate their literary heritage and engage in creating networks of freedom and cooperation for regions creative in the field of literature.