Festival of the European Short Story

time: 31.05.2009. - 05.06.2009.
place: Zagreb, Croatia
organiser: Profil
Festival of the European Short Story is the most easy-going and probably the most popular literary festival in Croatia, a happening that for the eighth time presents some of the best European writers, organizes translation workshops, awards stipends, brings writers and publishers together…

This year the FESS takes place from May 31 until June 5 in Zagreb and Zadar, and to its program—bringing the best European writers to Croatia—we’ve recently introduced a new element: a partner country.

Last year when the Festival of the European Short Story partnered with Scotland we saw one of the merriest Festival’s editions. As soon as it was announced that in 2009 we are going to present literary Ireland, excitement hit the ceiling, but also a few questions were asked and the gossip started (I’m using this opportunity to respond: no, common denominator for our partnerships in not whiskey!)

Writers representing Ireland at the FESS are some of the most prominent members of the contemporary Irish literary scene—the one in English (Philip Ó Ceallaigh and Mary Morrissy) and the one in Irish (Eilis Ni Dhuibhne and Micheál Ó Conghaile)—and they will be introduced by the director of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival, Patrick Cotter. Their individual and group readings at the FESS will demonstrate the energy of a literature that brings exceptional quality to literary landscapes of Europe.

But the list of our other guests should not be overlooked: one of the best-known contemporary German writers of a younger generation, Julia Franck, will present her award-winning novel The Blind Side of the Heart, while the Portuguese writer Gonçalo M. Tavares will take part in the presentation of the Croatian translation of his celebrated book of short stories. Rachel Trezise from Wales, the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and one of the most promising British authors today, will also take part in the Festival, while a conversation sure to be remembered will be the one between an Israeli writer Alex Epstein and a Palestinian Samir El-Youssef, the winner of the Thucholsky Award for promoting the cause of peace and freedom of speech in the Middle East. The list of our fantastic guests finishes with László Garaczi, one of the most important contemporary Hungarian writers, Abdelkader Benali, a Dutch literary star of Moroccan descent, Cecilia Davidson from Sweden, and the great Srđan V. Tešin from Serbia… but there are the celebrated Croatians: Damir Karakaš, the author of Kino Lika which has already won him a cult status, Neven Ušumović, Zoran Pilić, Rujana Jeger, Mima Simić, Zoran Pograšić, Miroslav Mićanović, Zoran Ferić and the one and only Senko Karuza.

(Source: www.festival-price.profil.hr)

(D.H., 03.06.2009)