According to the topic “Literature and Ethics”, which is opening a new four-year cycle of the Festival, the invited writers will present samples of their work and exchange thoughts on current issues in literature, culture and society, also with regard to their personal experiences in their countries of origin and on-going developments on a global scale. Both authors have not only contributed to a vivid literature scene with their own writings, but also with their achievements in translation, an important tool for the promotion of intercultural dialogue and cultural pluralism.
Aleš Berger, born in Ljubljana in 1946, is a writer, translator and critic. In his capacity as head of the adult translation programme at the Mladinska knjiga publishing house, he edited some of the definitive collections of Slovenian publishing. His abundant translations from French and Spanish include over fifty plays and he is well-known as a theatre critic in various media.
Ülar Ploom, born in Tartu in 1955, is a poet, writer and translator. His poems have been featured in various English and Italian language anthologies and he is a displayed guest at prominent poetry festivals. In his work as literary scholar, he is concentrating on Italian literature as well as he is a recognised translator from Italian.
The pre-opening event is organised by the Slovene Writers’ Association in cooperation with the CEI and Group 85 – Skupina 85. It is part of the International Festival Vilenica, which features numerous literary and cultural events such as roundtable discussions, readings, presentation of contemporary literature and symposia. Since its origins, the Festival has focused on the gathering of writers mainly but not only from Central European countries, promoting dialogue in an area with common history but cultural diversity. The 31st International Literacy Festival Vilenica is taking place on 7-11 September 2016 in distinguished venues in Slovenia.
The winner of the CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence for 2016 will be presented within the event of the Offical Festival Opening on 7 September.
The pre-opening event in Trieste will be moderated by Patrizia Vascotto. The discussion will be held in English with translations into Italian/Slovenian by Peter Senizza.
- Invitation available here