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ICORN and Litprom hosts International Reading Fest in Frankfurt

1.-3. June, ICORN's 2010 General Assembly will take place in Frankfurt. At the same time, Shahrazad's Frankfurt co-organiser, Litprom, celebrates its 30 year anniversary with a series of international reading encounters, featuring writers Fatima Mernissi, Uday Prakash, Ilija Trojanow, Easterine Iralu, Herrad Schenk, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Carmen Francesca Banciu, Faraj Bayrakdar, Mansur Rajih, Pegah Ahmadi, and Carlos Aguilera.

The Diásporas/Encuentros tour visits five cities this week

This week, audiences in Gothenburg, Stockholm, Trondheim, Stavanger and Oslo are invited to encounters with some of the most exciting voices in contemporary literature from the Americas. Writers Rodrigo Fresán (Argentina/Spain), Guadalupe Nettel (Mexico), Ana Valdés (Uruguay/Sweden) and Pedro Carmona-Alvarez (Chile/Norway) take part in this leg of the Diásporas/Encuentros tour, the third literary tour organised by the Shahrazad - stories for life partners in Stockholm and Stavanger.

Sihem Bensedrine officially presented as Barcelona's new ICORN Guest Writer

On the 23rd of March Catalan PEN officially presented Sihem Bensedrine, Tunisian writer, journalist and human rights activist, as the new Barcelona Guest Writer at a press conference. Members of the Government of Catalonia and of the Barcelona City Council joined Ms. Dolors Oller, Chair of Catalan PEN, and Ms. Raffaella Salierno, Director of the Refuge Writer Programme, to welcome the new guest writer.

Creative Writing Workshops Spark New Writing Circle

We are happy to present an unexpected outcome of our creative writing workshops in Frankfurt: The participants of the Spanish groups decided to continue their teamwork and founded their own circle of writers: Dámaso y los demás.

The Neighbourhood Challenge Brings Poet and Photographer to Stavanger

Last week, former ICORN Guest Writer Easterine Kire Iralu and photographer Anita Ingebrigtsen visited Stavanger as part of The Shahrazad Neighbourhood Challenge project. For six days, they explored the city and its surroundings looking for people, places and situations to take pictures of and write poems about, with the intent of creating a photo-poem-book about the city.

ICORN GUEST Writers Celebrate World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day is coming up this Sunday, and is celebrated one day early in Uppsala, as ICORN Guest Writer Anisur Rahman (Bangladesh) and former Guest Writer Faraj Bayrakdar (Syria) take part in an event dedicated to words, and to encounters between poets and audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The following day, Rahman and ICORN Guest Writer Zurab Rtveliashvili (Georgia) join a large group of colleagues to celebrate poetry and the free word in Stockholm. This event is co-organised by Shahrazad - stories for life .


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