This year, due to the pandemic, it has been impossible to mark the presence of Versopolis poets in its usual form during the European Poet of Freedom Festival in Gdańsk. So we have moved our activities online and to … the kitchen.

What is special about this year is that we spend a lot of time at home. We have rearranged our flats, creating home offices, schools and kindergartens. We have also been spending a lot of time in the kitchen, discovering hidden cooking skills. Therefore, this year we decided to combine poetry with a passion for cooking and hold this event under the slogan “Recipe for Poetry”.

On November 27, we will move to the kitchens of poets, whose poems you can read thanks to this year’s volumes published in the Versopolis series. Helen Ivory, Samantha Barendson, Josep Pedrals and Maarten Inghels will invite us to their homes remotely. We will talk to them about things we usually talk about in the kitchen, that is food, life and poetry 😉

Conversations with poets will be complemented by poems read by the authors, of course in a kitchen scenery. The video can be watched for the premiere on the website from November 27 from 2 p.m.

Each year we host Versopolis poets and publish their booklets in Gdańsk. Versopolis is a literary platform devoted to poetry, founded in December 2014. Its aim is to support young European authors and promote their achievements beyond the borders of their home countries. The platform includes 23 literary festivals, including the European Poet of Freedom International Literature Festival, organized by the City Culture Institute in Gdańsk. In 2020, due to the pandemic, we have moved our activities online. We invite you to this year’s edition of Versopolis held under the slogan “Recipe for poetry”.