1 October 2010 See the full programme of the Conrad Festival

We now have the complete programme of the Second Joseph Conrad International Literature Festival, which will take place in Krakow from 2-7 November. Krakow will be host to leading writers from around the world including Herta Müller, Marjane Satrapi, Rabih Alameddine, Claude Lanzmann, Yuri Andrukhovych, Sven Lindqvist, Jean Hatzfeld, László Krasznahorkai, as well as the most eminent Polish authors, critics, and artist, including Krzysztof Varga, Andrzej Stasiuk, Ewa Kuryluk, Piotr Paziński, Piotr Sommer, Przemysław Czapliński, Maciej Zaremba, Marcin Koszałka, Artur Domosławski, Inga Iwasiów, Krystian Lupa, Jerzy Pilch, Piotr Paziński, Tadeusz Słobodzianek and Mirosław Bałka.

As is now traditional, the festival week will be one full of debates and meeting with writers, taking place in Krakow’s cafes, clubs, galleries, museums, and post-industrial spaces. The literary meetings will be accompanied by concerts, plays, film screenings, and exhibitions that supplement the written and spoken word. There will also be no shortage of Reading Lessons – led by Ewa Kuryluk, Piotr Paziński and Professor Michał Paweł Markowski.

This year, the festival will be accompanied by meetings and film screenings co-organised by the Nuremberg House and the National Museum in Krakow, connecting the names of Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan. During the festival, for the first time in Krakow the famed canvass Das Haar by Anselm Kiefer will be seem, from the collection of Grażyna Kulczyk, inspired by the poetry of Celan. Another major event will be the play Our Class written by Tadeusz Słobodzianek (which yesterday was awarded the NIKE prize for literature).

Before the festival begins, however, we invite you to Krakow on 20 October to meet with Amos Oz (at the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts at 4:00 p.m.). The author will be coming to Poland at the invitation of his main Polish publisher, Dom Wydawniczy Rebis, which in recent years has published Oz’s newest book Scenes From a Village Life, and on the occasion of the writer’s visit, will be preparing for publication his short stories Where the Jackals Howl. The meeting with Amos Oz will be led by Piotr Paziński. Partners in the visit of Amos Oz to Krakow are the Krakow Festival Office and the Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation – the organisers of the Second Joseph Conrad International Literature Festival.

See the detailed festival programme.