ICORN Director Discusses Exiled Writer Networks at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Added: October 2009 to Events, Festivals and Opportunities


 Writers may be at home in their own language, but they are also curious about the rest of the world. Many look for bursaries in other countries, others seek refuge away from home to be able to write freely. What are the experiences, potentials and problems for organisations looking after authors from abroad? These issues are debated at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Thursday October 15 at 11.30. With: Christa Schuenke (PEN), Helge Lunde (ICORN, Norway), Sigrun Reckhaus (Heinrich Böll Foundation), Katharina Narbutovic (DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme) Chaired by: Ruthard Stäblein (journalist, Frankfurt am Main).


There are also several other ICORN-related events at the Book Fair this year. Among these, on Wednesday October 14,  comes "Unpleasant Truths Dressing up reality - media policy and counter-information". Many attempts are made worldwide to influence the view of events, to manipulate the media, to falsify or suppress news. Iran is just one example. Journalism and foreign cultural policy operate within this conflictive arena – what scope for action do they still have? How can counterbalance be achieved and to what ends? With: Amir Hassan Cheheltan (author, Iran/currently Berlin), Mahmud Doulatabadi (author, Iran), Christiane Hoffmann (FAZ, Frankfurt am Main), Jamsheed Faroughi (Deutsche Welle, Cologne). Chaired by: Ulrich Grothus (DAAD, Bonn).



Late on the same day, at 12.15, the event "Freedom of Speech - Freedom of the Word - Freedom to Publish" deals with the situation for freedom of expression in China. More than a few people and organisations take a critical view of the way in which China – Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2009 – deals with freedom of speech, freedom of the word and freedom to publish. What can be done to influence this unsatisfactory situation? With: Dirk Sager (PEN Germany), Zhou Qing (author, China), Kaiser Abdulrusul ÖzHun (author, International PEN Uyghur Center, China/currently Sweden), Bjorn Smith-Simonsen (publisher, Norway)
Chaired by: Regine Möbius (ver.di Commissioner for Art and Culture and deputy president of the VS, Leipzig).


Finally, on Saturday October 17, at 13.30, Georgian poet Irakli Kakabadze performs and discusses how his situation as an exiled writer living in the USA has influenced his approach to his literary work and his appearances in public? How much does the factor of language matter in all this?


The venue for all these events is the Exhibition site, 5.0 D901, International Centre.



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