TIFL 7 Program

9 September. Friday

18:00 Official opening

18:30 Discussion: Literature in the Footsteps of Memory - Fiction.

Nino Kharatishvili, Beso Solomanashvili. In conversation with Giga Zedania.

Language: Georgian

19:30 Poetry evening of Andriy Lyubka (Ukraine).

Moderated by Shota Iatashvili, translator

Language: Ukrainian / Georgian

20:30 Poetry night “Home” with participation of festival guests


10 September. Saturday

17:00 Discussion: Home-watchers in


Jessica Traynor (Ireland), Andriy Lyubka (Ukraine), Niloufar Talebi (USA / Iran).

Moderated by Khatuna Tskhadadze.

Language: English / Georgian

18:00 Life and Poetry of Robert Duncan

Tara McDowell (Australia) and Irakli Kolbaia talk about McDowell’s biographical book The Householders: Robert Duncan and Jess.

Reading of Duncan’s poetry and Georgian translations: Irakli Kolbaia and Dato Barbakadze.

Language: English / Georgian

19:00 Dialogue on Medea.

Playwright Andreas Flourakis (Greece) in conversation with Irine Darchia.

Language: English / Georgian

20:00 Poetry evening: Sergej Timofejev (Latvia) and Dmitri Strotsev (Belarus).

Translators: Nene Giorgadze and Shota Iatashvili.

Moderated by Shota Iatashvili.

Language: English / Georgian

21:00 Poetry evening: Jessica Traynor and John O’Donnell (Ireland).

Presentation of the Anthology of Irish Poetry.

Translators: Manana Matiashvili and Zaza Koshkadze.

Moderated by Paata Shamugia.

Language: English / Georgian


11 September. Sunday 

17:00 Discussion: Eastern Europe as Literary Space.

Participants: Andriy Lyubka (Ukraine), Justyna Bargielska (Poland), Martin Solotruk (Slovakia).

Moderated by Paata Shamugia.

Language: English / Georgian

18:00 Poetry Evening: Greta Ambrazaite and Dominykas Norkunas (Lithuania).

Translator: Nana Devidze.

Presentation of the anthology of young Georgian poets published in Lithuanian.

Moderated by Salome Benidze.

Language: English / Georgian

19:00 Presentation of A Small Center of the World by Krzystof Czyżewski and meeting with author.

Translator: Davit Kandrevich. Moderated by Keti Kantaria.

Language: Polish / English / Georgian

20:00 Poetry evening: Martin Solotruk (Slovakia) and Justyna Bargielska (Poland).

Translators: Paata Shamugia, Shota Iatashvili and Keti Kantaria.

Language: English / Georgian

Participation of Matrin Solotruk in the festival is supported by the Slovak Arts Council.

21:00 Poetry evening: Ariane von Graffenried (Switzerland).

Translators: Dato Barbakadze, Bela Chekurishvili and Ana Kopaliani.

Moderated by Nuka Gambashidze.

Language: English / Georgian


12 September. Monday

19:00 Discussion: Literature in the Footsteps of Memory – Nonfiction.

Nino Lomadze, David Jishkariani, Jimsher Rekhviashvili.

Moderated by Giorgi Maisuradze.

Language: Georgian


13 September. Tuesday

19:00 Writing about History. Living with the Past.

Bernhard Schlink (Germany) in conversation with Nino Lezhava.

Language: German / Georgian

The visit of Bernhard Schlink in Tbilisi is organized by Goethe Institute.


21:00 A Garbage Chute – winner of the European Union Prize for Literature 2022.

Meeting with author Iva Pezuashvili.

Moderated by Paata Shamugia.

Language: Georgian


14 September. Tuesday

19:00 What Do You Call a Homeland? - “Questionnaire” by Max Frisch.

Maia Panjikidze (translator) and Thomas Strässle (president of the Max Frisch Foundation).

Language: German / Georgian

21:00 Closing event of the festival. Poetry marathon with participation of Georgian poets.