“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.
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.
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.
Soon, Krakow will once again be the place for an exceptional meeting with poetry. The 5th edition of the Miłosz Festival will take place from the 9th to the 12th of June, gathering the most prominent poets – artists from Poland and abroad who speak various languages – in the UNESCO City of Literature, along with literary translators, philosophers, intellectuals and lovers of poetry.
The Children Literature Festival is the largest European event, devoted solely to the literature for the youngest readers. 2016 will see the 3rd edition of the event. The Festival will once again take place in four Polish cities, including Krakow.
Miłosz Festival at the Silesius International Poetry Festival in Wrocław
From 8th till 15th May 2016, the Silesius International Poetry Festival will be held in Wrocław as a part of the literary programme of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 and the UNESCO World Book Capital