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Cyprus ~ a Literary Destination, the continuation, 31 October – 5 November 2012


Cyprus ~ a Literary Destination, the continuation, 31 October – 5 November 2012

This project is in 2 legs and started in 2011.

Another five writers from five countries were hosted in Cyprus for five days, during which time they were brought together with the various aspects of the island; its people and its traditions, its heritage and its history, its culture and its art, its beaches, its mountains, the fauna and the flora

The guests were be hosted from 31 October to 5 November, 2012


Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold (Norway) was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1979. She made her literary debut in 2009 with the novel Jo fortere jeg går, jo mindre er jeg. (The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am.) The book was nominated for the Norwegian Book Sellers´ Prize and won the Tarjei Vesaas First Book Prize (judged by The Literary Council of The Norwegian Authors´ Union). The National Theatre (Oslo) will produce a play based on the novel.  Rights for The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am have been sold to several countries. Monstermenneske (Monsterhuman) is her second novel.

Kjersti studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Oslo and at the University for Science and Technology in Trondheim. Subsequently, she attended the Writers´ Class at the Nansen School in Lillehammer and completed studies at the Academy of Writing in Bergen. She has also studied literature at the University of Oslo, and French at Université de Caen, France.

Miguel Ángel Márquez, (Spain) was born in 1959.  He is tenured Professor at the Department of Philology of the Universidad de Huelva.  He holds a Ph.D. Classical Philology and an M.A. in Classical Philology,

His interests are diverse, from Narratology, Metrics, Rhetoric and Poetics, to Thematology

He has written 2 books, collection of poems in 1996 and a novel in 2012. He is currently working on a second novel

Marcus Roloff (Grmany) born 1973 in Neubrandenburg /German Democratic Republic and moved to Bremen in June 1989. He studied Modern German Literature, Philosophy and Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Since 1997 his poems and short prose pieces in have been published in numerous literary magazines, anthologies and yearbooks. 

After “Herbstkläger” (1997) the volumes “gedächtnisformate” (2006) and “im toten winkel des goldenen schnitts” (2010) were both published in the series, black paperhouse, by gutleut verlag, Frankfurt/M. and Weimar.

Selected poems have been translated into English, Romanian and Finnish. He has lived and worked since 2004 in Frankfurt/M.

Ersi Sotiropoulos (Greece) is the author of twelve books of fiction, seven of which are novels, and one book of poetry. She won the National Literature Prize and the Book Critics’ Award for her novel, Zigzag Through the Bitter-Orange Trees. Sotiropoulos studied Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology in Florence and was a cultural attaché in the Greek Embassy in Rome. She has participated in several exhibitions of Visual and Concrete Poetry as well as in literature festivals around the world. She has written scripts for film and television. Her work has been translated into many languages. She has been a fellow at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, at Schloss Wiepersdorf in Germany, at Princeton University, at Sacatar Foundation in Brazil, at the Bellagio Rockefeller Center, and elsewhere. Her last novel Eva won the Academy of Athens Prize for best novel in 2011.

Mindy Zhang (penname Ming Di) (Gina / USA)was born in Wuhan, a river city in central China. With BA in English and MA in Linguistics she pursued doctoral studies at Boston University before moving to California where she writes in Chinese and publishes in China and Taiwan. Author of six collections in Chinese, she also translates poetry and literary essays from English to Chinese with two books published (The Writer as Migrant, Missed Time) and three forthcoming Dancing in Odessa, The Book of Things, Tongue of War). A former violin player, now she plays Chinese traditional instrument Guzheng. She is also co-founder and editor of Poetry East West, a Chinese-English bilingual magazine published in Los Angeles and Beijing. Her first poetry book in English translation has just been published by Marick Press, and she is editor and co-translator of New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry 1991-2012 to be published by Tupelo Press in Feb 2013.  


The Embassies of Spain, Greece, Norway, China and Germany
The Cultural Organisations of Aula Cervantes de Nicosia, Goethe Institut (Zypern) and  NORLA (Norway)

The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture
He Nicosia Municipality



The Anthology will be published in 2014.