The Versopolis project kicked off in Ljubljana

Versopolis is a European poetry platform that creates new opportunities for emerging European poets and is supported by the European Commission's Creative Europe programme.
Excellent young poets write poems in every language but are often unknown beyond the boundaries of the language they write in. The aim of Versopolis is to change this, creating a unique, Europe-wide platform that gives emerging European poets the chance to become international poetry stars.


On the 8th and 9th of December the project coordinator, Beletrina Academic Press, who also organises the Days of Poetry and Wine Festival, hosted a two‐day kick-off meeting in Ljubljana with its 10 project members from all over Europe.
In its first year the Versopolis project will promote 55 authors and their poetry, united under its motto 'where poetry lives', along with 11 festivals, which will act as literature promoters and publishers in the European literary space. The Versopolis platform involves the following literary/poetry festivals:
ARS POETICA, Slovakia;
GENOA INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL, Italy;
ŮMEÅS INTERNATIONELLA LITTERATURFESTIVAL, Sweden;
INSTYTUT KULTURY MIEJSKIEJ (CITY CULTURE INSTITUTE), Poland;
LEDBURY POETRY FESTIVAL, Great Britain;
STRUSKI VECERI NA POEZIJATA (STRUGA POETRY EVENINGS), Macedonia;
POETINIS DRUSKININKŲ RUDUO (DRUSKININKAI POETIC FALL), Lithuania;
FELIX POETRY FESTIVAL, Belgium;
GORANOVO PROLJEČE (GORAN'S SPRNG), Croatia;
LITERATURE & WINE FESTIVAL, Austria;
DNEVI POEZIJE IN VINA (DAYS OF POETRY AND WINE), Slovenia.

Versopolis will help authors already established in their home countries spread their poetry across borders, its first and foremost aim being to promote European poets and their work and to create a close-knit poetic community.
At the meeting, the members of the platform determined the final details before Versopolis sees the launch of its website in March 2015 and the first festival is presented to the public. The presentation and meeting were wrapped up with a literary evening for all attendees. Beletrina's five chosen poets for the first year of the project each presented themselves and their work.

Contact: Tina Deu, T +3861/ 200 37 00, E tina.deu@zalozba.org, W www.beletrina.si



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