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Writing as a necessity (and other addictions)
Add date: Thursday, 23 October 2014

The reading of Dostoyevsky’s 'Crime and Punishment' shattered me into pieces. I was 15 at that time, and was already writing a lot – yesterday said Paul Auster, one of the stars of this year’s Conrad Festival. On Wednesday we also participated in the debate between Inga Iwasiów and Janusz Głowacki, the opening of the KafKa in KomiKs exhibition and the premiere of Michał Paweł Markowski’s book.

Celebrate Our 1 Year Anniversary as a UNESCO City of Literature!
Add date: Thursday, 16 October 2014

We doubt if there is still someone who does not know about it! From the distant Tatra valleys to the seaside resorts, the happy news that Krakow joined the UNESCO Cities of Literature network was spread far and wide. How could it not be? Literary Krakow has served as an epicenter of Polish literature and writing for centuries and now, it has been also recognized for its contemporary and vibrant literary community and activities as well with the prestigious UNESCO title!

Book industries – industry meetings at the Conrad Festival
Add date: Thursday, 16 October 2014

Receiving the prestigious title of the UNESCO City of Literature is not only an honour and prestige. It is an on-going commitment to develop and support creative circles and literature-related milieus. The series ”Book Industries” is a response to the postulate that support should be given to all groups involved in the functioning of literature and the book, being an important element of the creative economy which was part of the application to the UNESCO. At the Conrad Festival, experts in publishing and bookselling industries along with new media specialists will talk about the present condition of the book market, methods of upgrading skills of people involved in developing the framework for the market operation, as well as the role of new media, including the blogosphere, in promoting readership as an important support instrument to the book market.

Afternoon in Edinburgh
Add date: Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Scotland’s Capital a Special Guest of the Conrad Festival

On Sunday afternoon, October 26 from 13:00 to 16:00, the Conrad Festival organizers invite readers to literary Edinburgh. The city of Harry Potter, Dr. Jekyll, Waverley and Sir Walter Scott will open its gates to us and introduce us to its literary riches. As the first city in the world to hold the title of UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh greatly supported Krakow in obtaining its title. The official delegation of the Scottish capital will also renew the partnership agreement between both cities.

Passes for meetings with Cabré, Auster, Akunin
Add date: Monday, 13 October 2014

Thank you for taking part in an online registration for meetings with our authors (Cabré, Auster, Akunin). E-mails confirming receipt of the tickets will be sent today.

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