FIRST TBILISI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE Programme

18 MAY, MONDAY

Venue: Writers’ House of Georgia, 13, Machabeli str.

12.00 Press Conference: organizers, sponsors, partners

18.00 Opening of the Tbilisi International Festival of Literature

18.30 Philip Besson (France) - meeting with the public

/book presentation “DE LÀ, ON VOIT LA MER” (“Intelekti” Publishing).

Discussion language: French with Georgian translation

20.00 Svetlana Alexievich (Belarus) talks with AnnaKordzaia-Samadashvili.

Book presentation “Voices from Chernobyl” (“Artanuji” Publishing).

Discussion language: Russian

21.30 Poetry Jam – with the participation of all poets of the Festival

 

19 MAY, TUESDAY

15.00 Philip Besson (France) meets Tbilisi State University students

Tbilisi State University, bulding 5, Auditorium 309, (36, Chavchavadze Av.)

18.00 Raoul Schrott (Austria) - Hesiod’s “Theogony”,

Homer’s “Iliad”, ancient texts, their sources and background

Moderation by Lasha Bakradze

Discussion language: German with Georgian translation

Literature Museum (8, Chanturia Str.)

18.00 Claudio Pozzani (Italy) meets the students of Dante Alighieri Society

Discussion language: Italian

Dante Alighieri Society, Tbilisi Committee (6, Kalistrate Kutateladze str.)

18.00 Vera Pavlova (U.S.) – poetry evening

Language: Russian

Caucasian House (20, Galaktioni Str.)

19.00 Mikolaj Lozinski (Poland) meeting with the public

Moderation by Magda Novakovska

Discussion language: Polish with Georgian translation

Europe House Tbilisi (1, Freedom Square)

19.00 Sarah Bower (UK), Anthea Nicholson (UK) moderation by Davit Gabunia

Discussion language: English with Georgian translation

Writers’ House of Georgia (13. Machabeli str. )

20.30 Caronlyn Forche (U.S.), Kimberly Johnson (U.S),

Paata Shamugia (Georgia) - Poetry evening

Language: English, Georgian

Writers’ House of Georgia (13, Machabelis str.)

 

20 MAY, WEDNESDAY

15.00 Sarah Bower (UK) meets students of Free University.

Workshop on creative writing

Discussion language: English

Free University (240, David Aghmashenebely Alley)

18.00 Violet Grigoryan (Armenia), Giunel Mevlud (Azerbaijan),

Eka Kevanishvili (Georgia) – poetry evening

Language: Armenian, Azeribaijani and Georgian with English translation

Caucasian House (20, Galaktioni Str.)

18.00 Raoul Schrott (Austria) – Lyric and Prose, meeting with the public.

Discussion language: German

Goethe Institute Tbilisi (16, Zandukeli Str.)

19.00 Photo exhibition “Ukrainian Night” with photographer

Miron Zownir and author of the book Kateryna Mishchenko

Serhiy Zhadan (Ukraine) talks about events in Ukraine.

Moderation by Lasha Bakradze

Discussion language: Russian with Georgian translation

Europe House Tbilisi (1, Freedom Square)

19.00 Claudio Pozzani (Italy) – poetry reading, meeting with the public.

Presentation of the translation of his book “March of Shadow”.

Presentation of “Anthology of modern Georgian poetry” in Italian translation.

Translator: Nunu Geladze

Language: Italian with Georgian translation

Writers House of Georgia (13, Machabeli Str.)

20.30 Poetry of Lithuanian poets

Language: Lithuanian with Georgian translation

Writers’ House of Georgia (13, Machabeli Str.)

 

21 MAY, THURSDAY

14.30 Josip Novakovich (Croatia/Canada) meets students of the University of Georgia.

Moderation by David Dephy

Language: English with Georgian translation

Georgian University, auditorium 519 (77, M. Kostava Str.)

18.00 Presentation of U.S. Embassy Book translation program

Language: English with Georgian translation

Writers’ House of Georgia (13, Machabeli Str)

19.00 Panel discussion: “Poetry today: off-center of literary mainstream” –

Claudio Pozzani (Italy), Violet Grigorian (Armenia),

Vera Pavlova (U.S.), Kimberly Johnson (U.S), Rati Amaglobeli (Georgia).

The development of book-market leaves less and less space for poetry today.

Unlike the centuries’ long literary tradition, poetry has moved way out of literary mainstream.

Contemporary poets discuss the “survival” strategies and their own related experiences.

Discussion language: English/Russian with Georgian translation

Writers’ House of Georgia (13, Machabeli Str)

20.30 Vera Pavlova (U.S.), Serhiy Zhadan (Ukraine)

and Zviad Ratiani (Georgia) - poetry evening

Language: Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian

Writers’ House of Georgia (13, Machabeli Str)

 

22 MAY, FRIDAY

14.30 Lucy Tapahonso (U.S.) meets the students of the American Academy in Tbilisi

Discussion language: English

American Academy in Tbilisi (Lisis Tba (Lake), 01/014)

18.00 Rasul Yunan (Iran) talks with Giorgi Lobjanidze

Discussion language: Persian with Georgian translation

Caucasian House (20, Galaktioni Str.)

18.00 Panel discussion: “Writer and Citizen – civil responsibility of the author”

Svetlana Alexievich (Belarus), Carolyn Forche (U.S.), Lucy Tapahonso (U.S.A),

Josip Novakovich (Croatia/Canada), Giunel Mevlud

(Azerbaijan), Lasha Bugadze (Georgia).

Moderation by Levan Berdzenishvili (Georgia)

What are the challenges of a writer in the 21st century?

Has the role of the writer changed with the development of technologies and the media?

Has the influence of a writer on the society diminished?

What place does the writer as a citizen have today and what can he/she change?

Discussion language: English, Russian with Georgian translation

TBC Gallery (4, Marjanishvili str.)

20.00 Kimberly Johnson (U.S.), Carolyn Forche (U.S.)

and Zviad Ratiani (Georgia) In Memoriam Mark Strand

Language: English/Georgian

Writers’ House of Georgia (13, Machabeli Str.)

21.00 Final poetry night with participation of all guests

Writers’ House of Georgia (13, Machabeli Str.)

 

23 MAY, SATURDAY

13:00 Childrens’ session with Vaso Guleuri and Davit Gabunia,

reading of Sven Nordkvist’s picture books “Findus and Petsson”

Language: Georgian

14:00 Workshop for students – how to write a play with

Lasha Bugadze (Georgia)

Language: Georgian

17:00 Workshop for students – creative writing with

Anna Kordzaia-Samadashvili (Georgia)

Language: Georgian

 

Programm +

Nino Surguladze’s exhibition of Theatre Costumes

From 16 to 24 May, Tbilisi International Festival of Literature
presents exhibition of theatre costumes by designer
Nino Surguladze. The costumes have been created specially
for the play "Demons" by F. Dostoyevsky and will be
presented to the public at Writers' House of Georgia for
the first time.
Nino Surguladze graduated from Tbilisi State Arts Academy.
She studied scenography at New York University,
was electurer of painting at the University of Tennessee
in 1993-94. In 2004 she started to work with director
Levan Tsuladze at "Theatre Basement" and later at Kote
Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre in Tbilisi. She also
works with various directors as theatre and film scenographer;
together with Levan Tsuladze she participated in
several international projects - plays such as" As you like
it" and "Diary of a madman".
"The Guardian" wrote about Nino's work: "There is a
shambolic chic to Nino Surguladze's costumes and it
seems that an exuberant milliner has ensured no deserving
head go without a hat".
Nino Surguladze has had two personal exhibitions and
has participated in various group exhibitions; she has decorated
more than 20 theatre plays, short and documentary
films.