• Bloggers and critics – get down to work!

    The Miłosz Festival invites you for free, two-day workshops for bloggers and critics to be held in Krakow on 20 and 21 May. The workshop will be run by Paulina Małochleb – literary critic and researcher, Secretary of the Wisława Szymborska Award. We wait for your applications – containing your new or already published text and your contact details – to be sent until 8 May!

  • “Beginning with my streets” - announcing the guests of the Miłosz Festival!

    Four festival days filled with meetings with authors, debuts, and concerts, as well as reading and commenting poetry. On the 8th – 11th of June this year, Krakow is once again slated to become the world’s capital of poetry.

  • Breyten Breytenbach with the Zbigniew Herbert Award 2017

    Breyten Breytenbach – one of the most appreciated authors writing in Afrikaans and a guest of the 5th edition of the Miłosz Festival, which took place last year – was chosen a laureate of the 5th Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award 2017, one of the most important distinctions in the world of global literature and poetry.

  • 5. Milosz Festival in numbers

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  • In poetry, you cannot do anything by force

    “I just cannot see my poetry being read in villas with any pools, I simply can’t”, says Szymborska in Napisane życie / Written Life about how she imagines the readers of her works, and the audience gathered at the screening bursts in laughter.

  • In the poets’ footsteps

    Stefan Hertmans walks around like a teacher, talking about Carpaccio’s painting, Adonis emanates calmness, and when Kuba Kornhauser received the statuette during the Wisława Szymborska Award Gala, he turned it in his hands several times, like he was carrying a crystal ball showing him the future.

  • Poets take the world’s temperature

    Staring in the darkness at the film portrait of Ryszard Krynicki, we collected our reflections after another dose of festival experiences. The poet himself says that he is a peripatetic – in order to write, he much travel, and the film is about the path he has travelled. The day passed under the sign of poetry. There were fewer conversations on social and political topics. We listened to the music of poetry and observed the artists.

  • Poetry that connects worlds and people

    The Józef Czapski Pavilion, a beautiful day, clear air and a delicate murmur caused by discussions in the café. Ashur Etwebi slowly sips coffee at the table, looking around discreetly.

  • Vagabonds, migrants, poets. Programme of the 5th edition of Miłosz

    See the full program of the Krakow festival of poetry – rich in extraordinary conversations, debates, concerts, film screenings and other fascinating encounters with poetry.

Robert Pinsky an American poet, essayist, literary critic and a translator
Petr Hruška a Czech poet, screenwriter and literary critic
Linn Hansén a Swedish poet and editor
Antjie Krog a poet, writer, journalist and academic teacher of Afrikaans origin

Adonis, Welcoming the Wind and the ...

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Adonis, Welcoming the Wind and the Trees Translated by: Kata Keresztély, Michał Grabowski Editor: ...

Stefan Hertmans, Landscape ...

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Stefan Hertmans, Landscape according to Carpaccio Original title: Landschap naar Carpaccio Translated ...

Michael Ondaatje, The Cinnamon ...

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Michael Ondaatje, The Cinnamon Peeler Translated by: Mieczysław Godyń, Agata Hołobut, Jerzy Jarniewicz Editors: ...

Ashur Etwebi, Vanishing Boats ...

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Ashur Etwebi, Vanishing Boats (selected poems) Translated by: Renata Senktas Translation consultation: ...


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Stub of a Red Pencil

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