The competition entitled ‘The European Poet of Freedom’ Literary Award is organized by the City of Gdańsk. The award aims at honouring and promoting phenomena in poetry that deal with one of the most crucial subjects for contemporary readers – freedom – and, at the same time, are characterized by outstanding artistic values. The award may be presented to a living poet from Europe – viewed according to its geographical criteria. A team of seven translators of fiction is the only subject entitled to nominate books to the award. The members of the team change every two years and are invited to each edition of the award by the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk.
The fifth edition of the International Festival of Literature European Poet of Freedom will take place between 23rd and 25th March. The event will gather numerous guests from Poland and other countries, including the poets nominated for the Award. The European Poet of Freedom Award will also be granted to the best translation of a poetry book. The laureates will be announced during a ceremonial gala on the last day of the Festival.
During the Festival, the following eight poetry books nominated for the Award will have their premier issues:
Selim Babullaoglu Nie ma kto pisać do pułkownika (Polkovnikə heç kim yazmır), transl. by Ilaha Karimova and Grażyna Zając
Tatev Chakhian Dowód (nie)osobisty (Անանձնա(գրա)յին), transl. by Haik Howannisjan and Paweł Sakowski
Dumitru Crudu Fałszywy Dymitr (Falsul Dimitrie), transl. by Jakub Kornhauser and Joanna Kornaś-Warwas
Plamen Doinov Sofia Berlin (София Берлин), transl. by Dymitr Dobrew and Dorota Dobrew, Hanna Karpińska, Wojciech Gałązka
Erkka Filander Biała burza przebudzenia (Heräämisen valkea myrsky), transl. by Katarzyna Szal
Alice Oswald Zapadać w jawę (Falling Awake), transl. by Magda Heydel
Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir Wolność (Frelsi), transl. by Jacek Godek
Menno Wigman A imię moje Legion (Mijn naam is Legioen), transl. by Barbara Kalla and Adam Wiedemann
The Laureates will be chosen by the jury composed of Krzysztof Czyżewski, Paweł Huelle, Andrzej Jagodziński, Zbigniew Mikołejko, Stanisław Rosiek, Anda Rottenberg, Beata Stasińska and Olga Tokarczuk.
Along with meetings with the authors, the programme of the festival will include debates and confrontations, critical quarter hours of Polish literary critics, a poetry slam, a poetry reading night, and an Award gala directed by Wiktor Rubin.
Organiser: City Culture Institute, City of Gdańsk