Měsíc autorského čtení // čestný host Lucembursko, Německo, Rakousko, Švýcarsko / 14. ročník / 1. 7. až 3. 8. 2012 // Brno / Košice / Ostrava / Wrocław
Kirstin Innes

Kirstin Innes

(SCO)
Brno Tue 1. 7. at 19:00
Košice Wed 2. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Thu 3. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Fri 4. 7. at 20:30

Kirstin Innes: Scotland, sex, lies and video

 

Writer and journalist Kirstin Innes lives in Glasgow. Her debut novel Fishnet, in part about the sex industry, was longlisted for the Mslexia First Novel award and is due to come out next year and. She has been running the Words Per Minute literary salon since 2010 – a showcase of live literature, film and music, named one of the most influential literary salons in the UK.

Tomáš Zmeškal

Tomáš Zmeškal

(CZ)
Brno Tue 1. 7. at 20:30
Košice Wed 2. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Thu 3. 7. at 20:30
Wrocław Fri 4. 7. at 19:00

Sokrates Opens His Eyes

 

He is the author of three novels – Love Letter in Cuneiform (2008), Životopis černobílého jehněte [The Biography of a Black-and-White Lamb] (2009) and Sokrates na rovníku [Sokrates on the Equator] (2013).“There is the history of a family; however, much more important than that is the history of the relationship between Africa and Europe,” says Klára Kubíčková, referring to the author’s latest novel. “Unfair and cruel. And very little known, so little it is unbelievable. […] Sokrates na rovníku is an eye-opener. Let’s hope that people’s eyes remain open for a long time; better yet, indefinitely.”

Alan Bissett

Alan Bissett

(SCO)
Brno Wed 2. 7. at 19:00
Košice Thu 3. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Fri 4. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Sat 5. 7. at 20:30

46th Hottest Man in Scotland
 

Alan Bissett (*1975) is a writer, screenwriter, playwright and documentary director. He grew up on the outskirts of Falkirk, Scotland, and studied English at Stirling University, publishing his debut novel, Boyracers, in 2001. The critically acclaimed work revolves around the teenage urban culture of the turn on the millennium and is currently (ten years and eleven editions later) being made into a film. Three other novels followed, of which the most recent, Pack Men (2011), has been described as a “scuffed comedy about male un-bonding and Britain unravelling”.

Stanislav Rakús

Stanislav Rakús

(SK)
Brno Wed 2. 7. at 20:30
Košice Thu 3. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Fri 4. 7. at 20:30

The Novel, the Phase, the Telegram

 

He publishes in the field of literary science (concentrating especially on modern Slovak prose), writes books for children (Mačacia krajina [The Catlands], 1986) as well as for adults. His first novel was Žobráci [Beggars] was published in 1976; his most famous novels so far are Nenapísaný roman [The Unwritten Novel], published in 2004, and Telegram [The Telegram], published in 2009. For the former, Rakús received the Dominik Tatarku Award and the Slovak Writer’s Association’s Award; Telegram was awarded the Anasoft Litera Award in 2010.

His most recent novel, Fáza uvoľnenia [Relaxation Phase], was published in 2013.

Sue Glover

Sue Glover

(SCO)
Brno Thu 3. 7. at 19:00
Košice Fri 4. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Sat 5. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Sun 6. 7. at 20:30

Contemporary Scottish Classic

 

Sue Glover was born in Edinburgh in 1943, but spent most of her life in small towns on the Scottish coast. She is a leading Scottish playwright and mostly writes for the theatre; she is, however, also the author of several radio dramas and television screenplays. The play Bondagers, performed in 1991, became a modern Scottish classic almost immediately after coming out.

Ján Púček

Ján Púček

(SK)
Brno Thu 3. 7. at 20:30
Košice Fri 4. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Sat 5. 7. at 20:30

Nostalgy in Space

 

He writes screenplays, prose (Kameň v kameni [A Stone in a Stone], 2012; Okná do polí [Windows into the Fields], 2013) and poetry (Haiku, haiečku, haiku zelený, 2011).

“Púček’s narrator is a nostalgic one,” writes Radoslav Passia. “He doesn’t focus primarily on the past – he feels no need to cover it, at all cost, with a curtain of idealisation, and fights this need with humour and irony. Nostalgy is therefore activated in a different way – as a spatial phenomenon.”

Hal Duncan

Hal Duncan

(SCO)
Brno Fri 4. 7. at 19:00
Košice Sat 5. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Sun 6. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Mon 7. 7. at 20:30

New Weird

 

Born in Edinburgh in 1970, Hal Duncan studied English at Glasgow University and worked, for a while, as a software developer. Today he is a fulltime writer, whose work is described as belonging to New Weird – a contemporary literary movement that spans a number of genres (such as science fiction and fantasy), touches on controversial social topics (e.g. homosexuality, fascism, the unresolved relationship of today’s society towards religion, etc.) and often draws from works of classical literature. Duncan’s literary debut Vellum, the first instalment in the Book of All Hours series, was published when he was twenty five, soon followed by the sequel Ink.

“His colourful, lyrical voice draws the reader in,” writes Jan Nohovec, “as do the themes and the composition of his novels. This, however, requires the reader’s full attention and the ability to read between the lines.”

Kateřina Rudčenková

Kateřina Rudčenková

(CZ)
Brno Fri 4. 7. at 20:30
Košice Sat 5. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Sun 6. 7. at 20:30

How to Walk over Dunes

 

She currently works as an editor and has, to date, written four poetry collections (her debut collection Ludwig was published in 1999; her newest, Chůze po dunách [Walking over Dunes], in 2013), a short story collection (Noci noci [Nights, Nights], 2004) and eight plays (Frau in Blau, 2004; Niekur, 2006; Čas třešňového dýmu [A Time of Cherry Smoke], 2007, and others). She was awarded the Hubert Burda Prize in 2003 and the Magnesia Litera Award in 2014 (poetry category).

Peter Arnott

Peter Arnott

(SCO)
Brno Sat 5. 7. at 19:00
Košice Sun 6. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Mon 7. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Tue 8. 7. at 20:30

Storyteller

 

Peter is a playwright. His career began in 1985 with two plays at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and one at Glasgow's Mayfest. He's been battering away ever since, mostly in Scotland, but his work has appeared in Moscow, Cork and New York. 

Vratislav Brabenec

Vratislav Brabenec

(CZ)
Brno Sat 5. 7. at 20:30
Košice Sun 6. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Mon 7. 7. at 20:30

Brabenec in Bohemia, in Canada, in Denver

 

Since 1972 – with a break between the years 1982–1997 – he has been a member of The Plastic People of the Universe (saxophone and clarinet). He writes texts, poetry, prose, plays and children’s books, and also works as a journalist. He has written six books so far, the most recent being the poetry collection Denver (2013).

Ron Butlin

Ron Butlin

(SCO)
Brno Sun 6. 7. at 19:00
Košice Mon 7. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Tue 8. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Wed 9. 7. at 20:30

Memorable lyricism and poignant symbolism

 

With an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist, Ron is also one of Scotland’s most acclaimed poets and is a former Edinburgh Poet Laureate. In 2009 he was made the first Honorary Writing Fellow of the University of Edinburgh, together with Ian Rankin. He has published over a dozen books, many of which have won prizes and awards in the UK and abroad.

Milan Uhde

Milan Uhde

(CZ)
Brno Sun 6. 7. at 20:30
Košice Mon 7. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Tue 8. 7. at 20:30

Baladic Memories and a Memory of Ballads

 

Most of Milan Uhde’s work comes in the form of plays, although he has also written several musical librettos, novels and memoirs (Rozpomínky [Memories], 2013), and has worked for the national television and radio. A selection of his plays can be read in Desítka her [Ten Plays], published in 1995, and in Balada pro banditu a jiné hry na zapřenou [A Ballad for a Bandit and Other Secret Plays], published in 2001.

 

Morna Young

Morna Young

(SCO)
Brno Mon 7. 7. at 19:00
Košice Tue 8. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Wed 9. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Thu 10. 7. at 20:30

Inspired by her loss

 

Morna comes from a wee fishing village in the North East of Scotland but now lives in Glasgow. She is an actress, musician and writer but also has extensive experience as a director, producer and composer. Lost at Sea, Morna’s first full-length play, was developed in 2013.

Tomáš Varga

Tomáš Varga

(SK)
Brno Mon 7. 7. at 20:30
Košice Tue 8. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Wed 9. 7. at 20:30

The Thug Without Kid Gloves

 

His first work, the novelette Grázel [The Thug], was published in 2013.

“Contrary to a certain gloominess and roughness, Varga’s Grázel is not in the least tragic,” says Barbora Belovická. “It is, however, quite dramatic with a dash of apathy and relatively adventurous as well as action-filled. At the end it’s even somewhat sad. It’s very realistic and, last but not least, the matter is definitely not handled with kid gloves.”

 

Ian Brown

Ian Brown

(SCO)
Brno Tue 8. 7. at 19:00
Košice Wed 9. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Thu 10. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Fri 11. 7. at 20:30

Giving a voice to Scottish playwrights

 

He is a playwright, poet and Professor in Drama and Dance at Kingston University, London. Formerly Arts Council of Great Britain Drama Director, he was, until 2002, Professor of Drama and Dean of Arts at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. 

Silvester Lavrík

Silvester Lavrík

(SK)
Brno Tue 8. 7. at 20:30
Košice Wed 9. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Thu 10. 7. at 20:30
Wrocław Fri 11. 7. at 19:00

The One Hundred Ways of Lavrík

 

Silvester Lavrik has published more than ten plays (found in the 2007 collection Hry [Plays]) and three books of prose (Allegro barbaro, 2002; Villa Lola, 2004; Perokresba [The Sketch], 2006). It is hard to say whether he is “more a playwright, a thespian, a novelist, a journalist, an essayist, or a commentator of cultural events,” ponders Peter Valček.

Richard Price

Richard Price

(SCO)
Brno Wed 9. 7. at 19:00
Košice Thu 10. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Fri 11. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Sat 12. 7. at 20:30

Richard Price: A moth started all this, a moth will finish it

 

He first emerged as one of the Informationist poets, a grouping of Scottish writers who came to prominence in the 1990s. His poems move mercurially between traditional forms and avant-garde procedures - including within the same text. 

Miloš Urban

Miloš Urban

(CZ)
Brno Wed 9. 7. at 20:30
Košice Thu 10. 7. at 17:00
Ostrava Fri 11. 7. at 20:30

Who Can it Be (From the Sea)?

 

He is, however, known especially as a novelist and has, to this day, published thirteen books in a variety of genres. He mystified the public with his novel Poslední tečka za Rukopisy [The Last Word on the Manuscripts] (1998), had a go at political satire in Paměti poslance parlamentu [Memoirs of an MP] (2002), and is also the author of an erotic thriller (Michaela, published in 2004), a fictional memoir (Praga piccola, 2012) and, last but not least, a classical detective story (Přišla z moře [She Came from the Sea], 2014).

 

Nick Brooks

Nick Brooks

(SCO)
Brno Thu 10. 7. at 19:00
Košice Fri 11. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Sat 12. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Sun 13. 7. at 20:30

Animated and captivating prose 

 

Nick was born and still lives in Glasgow. He achieved a First Class Honours Degree in English from Glasgow University, where he also graduated from the MLitt in Creative Writing. He has worked in a variety of jobs, including musician, cartoonist and stained glass window maker.

Jiří Padevět

Jiří Padevět

(CZ)
Brno Thu 10. 7. at 20:30
Košice Fri 11. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Sat 12. 7. at 20:30

The Protectorate This Time Around

 

He started working as a bookseller in 1988, becoming the director of the Academia publishing house in 2007; he is also the author of Cesty s Karlem Hynkem Máchou [Travelling with Karel Hynek Mácha] (2010) and Průvodce protektorátní Prahou [A Visitor’s Guide to Protectorate Prague] (2013), which won the Magnesia Litera Award in 2014.

Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead

(SCO)
Brno Fri 11. 7. at 19:00
Košice Sat 12. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Sun 13. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Mon 14. 7. at 20:30

Liz Lochead: one woman speaking to many 

 

Appointed the National Poet for Scotland in 2011, Liz is both transgressive and popular. She was born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire in 1947. Her first collection, Memo for Spring, was published in 1972. The 1980s was an immensely productive decade in both work for the theatre and poetry. 

Petr Váša

Petr Váša

(CZ)
Brno Fri 11. 7. at 20:30
Košice Sat 12. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Sun 13. 7. at 20:30

Poet by Body, Body in Poetry

 

He is a musician (played in the bands Z kopce, Ošklid, A-Beat, Ty syčáci), a poet (poetry collections Texty, básně, poémes physiques [Texts, poems, poémes physiques], published in 1994, Návrat Plavce Jindřicha [The Return of Jindřich the Sailor], published in 2005, and several others), an artist (several exhibitions – collective and independent – both in the Czech Republic and abroad) and performer (the physical poetry project, analysed in Fyzické básnictví [Physical Poetry], published in 2011).

Nicola McCartney

Nicola McCartney

(SCO)
Brno Sat 12. 7. at 19:00
Košice Sun 13. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Mon 14. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Tue 15. 7. at 20:30

I must switch off the dramaturg when I write plays 

 

Originally from Belfast, Nicola is an award-winning writer, director and dramaturg, based in Scotland. She was Artistic Director of lookOUT Theatre Company from 1992-2002 and is Associate Playwright of Playwrights Studio Scotland.

Svetlana Žuchová

Svetlana Žuchová

(SK)
Brno Sat 12. 7. at 20:30
Košice Sun 13. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Mon 14. 7. at 20:30

The Word, the Analysis, the Photography

 

She has written five novels to date (her first novel, Dulce de leche, was published in 2003; her most recent, Obrazy zo života M. [Pictures from the Life of M.] in 2013).

“For Svetlana, writing is like photography,” writes Michaela Pašteková. “She uses words to capture the events and things she experiences, not unlike a tourist who uses his camera to capture historical monuments and holiday adventures.”

Zoë Strachan

Zoë Strachan

(SCO)
Brno Sun 13. 7. at 19:00
Košice Mon 14. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Tue 15. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Wed 16. 7. at 20:30

Lucid, honest style 

 

Born in 1975 and grew up in Kilmarnock, where she was educated, even though she "wasn’t a big fan of school". She moved to Glasgow, and in 1996 I graduated with an MA (Hons) in Archaelogy and Philosophy from the University of Glasgow. 

Ondrej Štefánik

Ondrej Štefánik

(SK)
Brno Sun 13. 7. at 20:30
Košice Mon 14. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Tue 15. 7. at 20:30

The Man, the Ostrich and the City

 

He is the author of the collection of short stories Pštrosí muž [The Ostrich Man] (2011) and of the novel Bezprsté město [The Fingerless City] (2012).

“I enjoy reading texts where I can see some sort of a process,” he says. “An evolution, a focus, a play on words, or an attempt to define and add fresh values to things and phenomena that have bled out with time, comfort and resignation. I like surprises, different views on human relationships, the story, the idea, working with text, language, creativity…”

W.N. Herbert

W.N. Herbert

(SCO)
Brno Mon 14. 7. at 19:00
Košice Tue 15. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Wed 16. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Thu 17. 7. at 20:30

Poems of humour, sentiment and ideas

 

Born in Dundee in 1961, W.N. Herbert was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford. He is currently Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Newcastle University. His award winnig collections include Cabaret McGonagall (1996), The Laurelude (1998), The Big Bumper Book of Troy (2002) and Bad Shaman Blues (2006). 

Zuzana Cigánová

Zuzana Cigánová

(SK)
Brno Mon 14. 7. at 20:30
Košice Tue 15. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Wed 16. 7. at 20:30

Miracles Happen

 

She has been a member of the Slovak National Theatre (drama) since 1970. In the last twenty five years, she has also written several novels and plays – Kúsok cesty okolo světa [A Sliver of a Journey Around the World] (1991), Divadelní hra [The Play] (2011), Dopadne to dosť dobre, pes bude rád [Everything Will Be Fine, the Dog Will Be Happy] (1995), K + K alebo Naša etuda [K + K, or Our Étude] (2004), Šampanské, káva, pivo [Champagne, Coffee, Beer] (2007) and Špaky v tŕní [Stubs in the Thornbushes] (2012).

Graham Masterton

Graham Masterton

(SCO)
Brno Tue 15. 7. at 19:00
Košice Wed 16. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Thu 17. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Fri 18. 7. at 20:30

Graham Masterton: I will write something so scary you won't sleep for a week! 

 

Recognised for his horror novels, he has also been a writer of thrillers, disaster novels and historical epics, and the influential series of sex instruction books. Born in Edinburgh, he became a newspaper reporter at the age of 17 and an editor of Penthouse magazine at 24. 

Viki Shock

Viki Shock

(CZ)
Brno Tue 15. 7. at 20:30
Košice Wed 16. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Thu 17. 7. at 20:30

A Gardener’s Shock (in a Graveyard)

 

He writes prose, poetry and newspaper articles, creates collages, drawings and amateur music and films. He has published eight books so far. This year, the author has added a “light-hearted funerary novelette” to the collection – Zahradníkův rok na hřbitově [A Gardener’s Year in a Graveyard].

 

KS Morgan McKean

KS Morgan McKean

(SCO)
Brno Wed 16. 7. at 19:00
Košice Thu 17. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Fri 18. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Sat 19. 7. at 20:30

Traverse Fifty

 

She is currently developing her play Somewhere Else for which she received a Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland Writers’ Award. She was one of the Traverse Fifty and her play, Leave Taking was performed as part of the Play For Edinburgh programme in 2013. 

Ivan Binar

Ivan Binar

(CZ)
Brno Wed 16. 7. at 20:30
Košice Thu 17. 7. at 17:00
Ostrava Fri 18. 7. at 20:30
Wrocław Sat 19. 7. at 19:00

Stains in Our and Others’ Skies

 

In 1977 he emigrated to Vienna, where he made a living as a translator and ceramics restorer. Six years later he moved to Munich, where he worked for Radio Free Europe. In 1994 he returned to Prague.

He is the author of 14 books, both for children (Králík Fiala [Fiala Rabbit], published in 2012) and for adults (Jen šmouha na nebi [Only a Stain in the Sky], published in 2013).

 

Linda Cracknell

Linda Cracknell

(SCO)
Brno Thu 17. 7. at 19:00
Košice Fri 18. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Sat 19. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Sun 20. 7. at 20:30

Walking, landscape and memory

 

Linda was born in the Netherlands and raised in the south of England, but has lived and worked in Highland Perthshire since 1990. After winning a writing competition in 1998 her first collection, Life Drawing, was published. Her second collection, The Searching Glance, was published in 2008. As well as fiction, Cracknell has written numerous radio plays and drama scripts, and teaches creative writing in workshops across Scotland and internationally. Her first novel, Call of the Undertow, was published in 2013 and in 2014 a non-fiction book linking walking and memory: Doubling Back.

Jan Němec

Jan Němec

(CZ)
Brno Thu 17. 7. at 20:30
Košice Fri 18. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Sat 19. 7. at 20:30
Wrocław Sun 20. 7. at 19:00

Visiting at Drtikol’s

 

His poetry collection První život [The First Life] was published in 2007; he has also written a collection of short stories Hra pro čtyři ruce [A Game for Four Hands] (2009) and the novel Dějiny světla [The History of Light], both of which are on the subject on the life and work of Czech photographer František Drtikol.

Doug Johnstone

Doug Johnstone

(SCO)
Brno Fri 18. 7. at 19:00
Košice Sat 19. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Sun 20. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Mon 21. 7. at 20:30

Doug Johnstone: a fast-paced thriller with a very human touch 

 

He is a writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. His sixth novel, The Dead Beat, was published in May 2014. Gone Again (2013) was a bestseller and Hit & Run (2012) was also very successful. Smokeheads (2011) was nominated for the Crimefest Last Laugh Award.

Ivana Myšková

Ivana Myšková

(CZ)
Brno Fri 18. 7. at 20:30
Košice Sat 19. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Sun 20. 7. at 20:30

How Can One Be Authentic (in a Stylized Way)?

 

She has written the dramatic text Odpoledne s liliputem [An Afternoon with a Dwarf] (2007) and the novelette Nícení (2012). “Literature provides a unique opportunity for being authentic in a stylized way,” she says. “It is quite an interesting literary paradox – and brings amazing freedom.”

 

Matthew Fitt

Matthew Fitt

(SCO)
Brno Sat 19. 7. at 19:00
Košice Sun 20. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Mon 21. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Tue 22. 7. at 20:30

Mirka's sunflowers

 

Matthew Fitt is an award-winning poet and novelist. A former writer-in-residence at the former home of Hugh MacDiarmid, he fights for the rights of young Scots to speak their own language without prejudice or discrimination.  An acknowledged expert in the field of Scots Language Education, Matthew is the author of the first science fiction novel in Scots (But n Ben A-Go-Go). His poetry deals with identity, Heydrich, Poles in Scotland, Scots in Poland, his Czech parents-in-law, mice and football.

 

Karel Škrabal

Karel Škrabal

(CZ)
Brno Sat 19. 7. at 20:30
Košice Sun 20. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Mon 21. 7. at 20:30
Wrocław Tue 22. 7. at 19:00

A Metaphysicist with Whipped Cream on Top

 

He is a member of the literary group Vítrholc and has authored several poetry collections, including Zapalte Prahu [Set Fire to Prague] (1998), Šlehačka [Whipped Cream] (2000), Druhá verze pravdy [The Second Version of the Truth] (2003) and Strašpytel [Scaredycat] (2007).

“I would dare to say that in his best texts, Karel Škrabal is a poet of an individualistically metaphysical nature,” says Jan Nejedlý. “That is, if what we mean by that is peeking behind the curtain of everydayness and automated perception.”

Jo Clifford

Jo Clifford

(SCO)
Brno Sun 20. 7. at 19:00
Košice Mon 21. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Tue 22. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Wed 23. 7. at 20:30

Jo Clifford: We are great people now! 

 

Jo (formerly John) Clifford is an award-winning playwright, translator, poet and performer, journalist and a former Professor of Theatre at Queen Margaret University. Jo lives in Edinburgh. She was instrumental in establishing the reputation of the Traverse Theatre Company in the 1980s.

Dora Kaprálová

Dora Kaprálová

(CZ)
Brno Sun 20. 7. at 20:30
Košice Mon 21. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Tue 22. 7. at 20:30

Winter, Love, One Man

 

She currently works as a journalist. She has directed several television and radio documentaries, authored a literary dialogue with Czech author Květa Legátová (Návraty do Želar [Returning to Želary], 2005), and edited the anthology Kdybych vstoupil do Kauflandu, byl bych v Brně [Were I to Step into Kaufland, I Would Find Myself in Brno] (2009). She is also the author of the play Výšiny [Heights] (2001) and the novel Zimní kniha o lásce [The Winter Book of Love] (2014).

James Sutherland-Smith

James Sutherland-Smith

(SCO)
Brno Mon 21. 7. at 19:00
Košice Tue 22. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Wed 23. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Thu 24. 7. at 20:30

Popeye in Belgrade

 

James Sutherland-Smith lives and works in Slovakia at Prešov University, where he lectures in British Cultural Studies. From time to time he undertakes consultancies in educational projects round the world, the latest being a Peacekeeping English project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has published five collections of his own poetry, the most recent being Popeye in Belgrade (2008), with a sixth Mouth being due late in 2014. With his partner, Viera, he has translated over one hundred Slovak poets into English, including the poets Ján Buzassy, Mila Haugová, Ivan Laučík and Milan Rúfus. In 1978 James Sutherland-Smith received a Gregory Award and in 2003 he received the Hviezdoslav Prize for translating Slovak Poetry.

Petr Hruška

Petr Hruška

(CZ)
Brno Mon 21. 7. at 20:30
Košice Tue 22. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Wed 23. 7. at 20:30
Wrocław Thu 24. 7. at 19:00

Dharma, drama, Darmas

 

He is the author of six poetry collections, of which the first, Obývací nepokoje [Living Unrooms], was published in 1995, and the most recent, Darmata [Darmas], published in 2012, has received the Czech State Award for Literature.

A literary historian by profession, who works for the Institute of Czech Literature and teaches at universities.

Peter May

Peter May

(SCO)
Brno Tue 22. 7. at 19:00
Košice Wed 23. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Thu 24. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Fri 25. 7. at 20:30

Murder and mystery on the Outer Hebrides and elsewhere 

 

He is the multi award-winning author of the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland; the China ThrillersEnzo Files, and several standalone books, the latest of which is Entry Island (January 2014). 

Martin Reiner

Martin Reiner

(CZ)
Brno Tue 22. 7. at 20:30
Košice Wed 23. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Thu 24. 7. at 20:30
Wrocław Fri 25. 7. at 19:00

Reiner, Blatný, Maceška

 

He is well known for organizing and promoting various cultural events – e.g. the Poetry Without Borders festival, the Boat of Writers project, the Neon magazine, and many others.

Martin Reiner is the author of several feuilletons (Plachý milionář přichází [The Shy Millionaire is Coming], published in 2006), poetry collections (e.g. Hubená stehna Twiggy [Twiggy’s Skinny Thighs], published in 2010) and novels. Following the novelette Lázně [The Bathhouse], published in 1998, he wrote the novel Lucka, Maceška a já [Lucy, Maceška and I], published in 2009, and the novel Básník. Román o Ivanu Blatném [The Poet. A Novel about Ivan Blatný], published in 2014.

 

David Kinloch

David Kinloch

(SCO)
Brno Wed 23. 7. at 19:00
Košice Thu 24. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Fri 25. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Sat 26. 7. at 20:30

David Kinloch: composing fragments into a whole 

 

Born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford and for many years worked as a teacher of French language and literature. Since 2003, he has taught Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow where he is currently Professor of Poetry. He has published five books of poems, his most recent being Finger of a Frenchman (2011).

Michal Hvorecký

Michal Hvorecký

(SK)
Brno Wed 23. 7. at 20:30
Košice Thu 24. 7. at 17:00
Ostrava Fri 25. 7. at 20:30
Wrocław Sat 26. 7. at 19:00

In the Looking Glass, and What Hvorecký Found There

 

He has translated several novels (by R. Walser and others), is the author of the play Slovenský inštitút, jedna komédia [The Slovak Institute, A Satire] (2009), and has written nine novels, three of which have been translated into Czech: Lovci a sběrači [Hunters and Gatherers] (2003), Silný pocit čistoty [A Strong Sense of Cleanliness] (2006) and Plyš [Plush] (2006).

Gerda Stevenson

Gerda Stevenson

(SCO)
Brno Thu 24. 7. at 19:00
Košice Fri 25. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Sat 26. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Sun 27. 7. at 20:30

The distinguished pen


She was born in 1956 in Peeblesshire, Scotland and is an award-winning Scottish actress, director and writer. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. She has worked for over 30 years on stage, television, radio and film throughout Britain and abroad Her play Federer Versus Murray toured to New York in 2012, and her poetry collection If This Were Real was published in 2013.

Petra Hůlová

Petra Hůlová

(CZ)
Brno Thu 24. 7. at 20:30
Košice Fri 25. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Sat 26. 7. at 20:30
Wrocław Sun 27. 7. at 19:00

Macocha or Not…

 

Born in Prague in 1979, Petra Hůlová is a graduate of Charles University’s Mongolian Studies and Culturology degree programmes. She makes her living as a journalist and has written eight novels so far, of which the first, All This Belongs to Me, was published in 2002 (2009 in the United States). Her latest piece is the autobiographical Macocha.

Aonghas MacNeacail

Aonghas MacNeacail

(SCO)
Brno Fri 25. 7. at 19:00
Košice Sat 26. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Sun 27. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Mon 28. 7. at 20:30

What matters is love, heart and the human spirit 

 

Poet and songwriter, was born in Uig, on the Isle of Skye. He is also a broadcaster, journalist, scriptwriter, librettist and translator. A native Gael, he writes in Gaelic and English. His collections of poetry have been published in both languages, and his writing has appeared in literary journals all over the world.

Magdaléna Platzová

Magdaléna Platzová

(CZ)
Brno Fri 25. 7. at 20:30
Košice Sat 26. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Sun 27. 7. at 20:30
Wrocław Mon 28. 7. at 19:00

Here He Comes – the Anarchist

 

She has worked as a journalist and a translator, and is the author of several plays and prose texts, including one book for children. Her short story collection Sůl, ovce a kamení [Salt, Sheep and Stone] was published in 2003, shortly followed by the novelette Návrat přítelkyně [The Friend’s Return] (2004), the novel Aaron’s Leap (2006, 2014 in English), and another short story collection, Recyklovaný muž [The Recycled Man] (2008).
Her most recent novel, Anarchista [The Anarchist], was published in 2013.

Val McDermid

Val McDermid

(SCO)
Brno Sat 26. 7. at 19:00
Košice Sun 27. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Mon 28. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Tue 29. 7. at 20:30

They said I couldn't do it

 

Val was born in 1955 and grew up in Kirkcaldy, Fife. She went to Oxford University. At 17, she was one of the youngest undergraduates they’d ever taken on, and the first from a Scottish state school. She then worked as a journalist.

Ivan Štrpka

Ivan Štrpka

(SK)
Brno Sat 26. 7. at 20:30
Košice Sun 27. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Mon 28. 7. at 20:30

Cuts, details, stories, Štrpka

 

Born in Hlohovec in 1944, Ivan Štrpka studied Slovak and Spanish at the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University in Bratislava. He worked as an editor for a number of journals and publishing houses, as a dramaturg in Slovak television, and later became the chief editor of the magazines Kultúrny život and Romboid. He writes essays (Kŕč roztvorenej dlane a iné eseje [The Spasm of the Open Palm and Other Essays], 1995) and prose (Rukojemník [The Hostage], 1999), and is also the author of several translations. He has written over fifteen books, the first being Krátke detstvo kopijníkov [The Short Childhood of Lancers], published in 1969, the most recent Bebé: jedna kríza [Bebé: A Crisis], published in 2011.

“Štrpkov’s poetry is like a movie,” says Štefan Moravčík. “It conforms to the cult of movement, of the quick succession of different images. It makes use of cuts, details and stories…”

Ewan Morrison

Ewan Morrison

(SCO)
Brno Sun 27. 7. at 19:00
Košice Mon 28. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Tue 29. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Wed 30. 7. at 20:30

Books, prizes, movies – a good year 

 

Novelist, screenwriter and director, Ewan Morrison became the winner of the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (SMIT) Book of the Year Fiction Prize 2013 (for the novel Close Your Eyes). His first feature film, Swung, an adaptation of his first novel, is in production with Sigma Films.

J. H. Krchovský

J. H. Krchovský

(CZ)
Brno Sun 27. 7. at 20:30
Košice Mon 28. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Tue 29. 7. at 20:30

Love, Death and Krchovský

 

A living icon of the Czech underground. His work can be found in the poetry collection Básně [Poems], which has, since its first publication in 1998, undergone several revisions and reprints. His newest poetry has appeared in the collections Poslední list [The Final Page] (2003), Nad jedním světem [Above One World] (2004) and Dvojité dno [The Double Bottom] (2010). “I wrote to survive,” says Krchovský. “When I woke up in unbearable conditions and heard words in my head, I used them in the way they are supposed to be used.”

Chris Hannan

Chris Hannan

(SCO)
Brno Mon 28. 7. at 19:00
Košice Tue 29. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Wed 30. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Thu 31. 7. at 20:30

He floats with enthusiasm wherever the tide of life takes him 

 

He was born in Clydebank, Scotland. After graduating from the University College, Oxford, he returned to Glasgow to work with homeless people. Hannan's work as a playwright has been produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Old Vic and the National Theatre of Scotland in its inaugural season in 2006.

Marek Vadas

Marek Vadas

(SK)
Brno Mon 28. 7. at 20:30
Košice Tue 29. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Wed 30. 7. at 20:30

Black on Black

 

At the moment, however, he works in advertising and has a keen interest in canistherapy. He writes for children as well as for adults.

Marek Vadas’s first novel, Malý román [The Little Novel], was published in 1994. He has received two literary awards, one (The Slovak Bibiana Award for Best Children’s Book) for his 2004 collection of fairy tales Rozprávky z čiernej Afriky [Stories from a Black Africa], the second (Anasoft litera), for his short story collection Liečiteľ [The Healer], published in 2006.

His newest work Čierne na čiernom [Black on Black], published in 2013, is, once again, a collection of stories.

 

Theresa Breslin

Theresa Breslin

(SCO)
Brno Tue 29. 7. at 19:00
Košice Wed 30. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Thu 31. 7. at 19:00
Wrocław Fri 1. 8. at 20:30

Theresa Breslin: imagination, storytelling and children's literacy

 

Theresa is the critically acclaimed author of over 30 books for children and young adults whose work has been filmed for television, broadcast on radio, and is read world-wide in many languages. She is passionate about children’s literature and literacy. 

Jana Juráňová

Jana Juráňová

(SK)
Brno Tue 29. 7. at 20:30
Košice Wed 30. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Thu 31. 7. at 20:30

The Case of the Old Tomcat and Heavenly Loves

 

She has written several books for children (e.g. Ježibaby z Novej Baby [The Witches of Nová Baba], published in 2006) as well as several plays (Misky strieborné, nádoby výborné [Silver Bowls, Perfect Vessels], published in 2005). She is the author of ten novels, the most recent being Dobroš sa nemusí zastrelit [Dobroš Doesn’t Have to Shoot Himself] (2010), Lásky nebeské [Heavenly Loves] (2010), Utrpení starého kocúra [The Passion of the Old Tomcat] (2012) and Nevybavená záležitosť [A Case Not Remembered] (2013).

David Wishart

David Wishart

(SCO)
Brno Wed 30. 7. at 19:00
Košice Thu 31. 7. at 19:00
Ostrava Fri 1. 8. at 19:00
Wrocław Sat 2. 8. at 20:30

Mixture of accurate historical detail and racy modern dialogue 

 

He was born in Arbroath, Scotland. He studied Greek and Latin classics at Edinburgh University and after graduation taught for four years in a secondary school. Most of his novels share the same protagonist, Marcus Corvinus.

Monika Kompaníková

Monika Kompaníková

(SK)
Brno Wed 30. 7. at 20:30
Košice Thu 31. 7. at 18:00
Ostrava Fri 1. 8. at 20:30

Places, Ships and Tales

 

Born in 1979 in Považská Bystrica, Monika Kompaníková studied graphics and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. She is the author of the novels Miesto pro samotu [A Place for Solitude] (2003), Biele miesta [White Places] (2006), Piata loď [The Fifth Ship] (2010) and Hlbokomorské rozprávky [Tales from the Deep Sea].

William Letford

William Letford

(SCO)
Brno Thu 31. 7. at 19:00
Košice Fri 1. 8. at 19:00
Ostrava Sat 2. 8. at 19:00
Wrocław Sun 3. 8. at 20:30

William Letford: moments of transcendental insight 

 

William has an M.Litt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. He was the recipient of a New Writer's Award from the Scottish Book Trust and an Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary which allowed him to spend three months in the mountains of northern Italy in 2008, helping to restore a medieval village.

Peter Pišťanek

Peter Pišťanek

(SK)
Brno Thu 31. 7. at 20:30
Košice Fri 1. 8. at 18:00
Ostrava Sat 2. 8. at 20:30

He Who Writes (Not)

 

He has written eleven books so far, the most famous being the trilogy Rivers of Babylon (1991, 1994 and 1999; 2007 in English), made into a movie in 1998, and the short story collection Young Dônč (1993). After a ten-year break, the author has returned with the re-imagined novelette Neva (2014).