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Prague Writers‘ Festival

Prague - various places


10. 11. 2017 – 15. 11. 2017

Prague Writers‘ Festival is a literary event, presenting the world of literature as a place of social and cultural dialogue. It originated in late-seventies London, when Michael March (PWF‘s President) began organizing international poetry readings at Keat House. The first Prague Writers’ Festival took place at Valdštejn Palace in May 1991 and was themed “Wedding Preparations in the Country.” Over the next twenty years, Prague Writers‘ Festival became increasingly more an essential event in Prague‘s cultural scene. Now, it is "one of the most engaging cultural events in Prague and one of the most notable literary events in Europe.

Theme of this year: The Fire Next Time

- The Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Valdštejnské náměstí 17/4, Prague 1
- National Gallery – Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia, U Milosrdných 17, Prague 1
- Municipal Library in Prague, Mariánské náměstí 1/98, Prague 1
- Ponrepo, Bartolomějská 11, Prague 1
- University of Economics in Prague, nám. W. Churchilla 1938/4, Prague 3


Friday 10. 11.
Reception hosted by Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czernin Palace (by invitation)

Saturday 11. 11.

Reading and discussions| Senate

  • 14.00   Reading and discussion, Magdaléna Platzová CZ, moderator Tomáš Weiss
  • 16.00   Reading and discussion, Affinity Konar USA, moderator Tomáš Kozák  CZ and Robert Menasse Austria, moderator Michael March USA
  • 19.30   Gala Evening 
    • Speech by Michael March, President of PWF
    • Light show by Pyroterra
    • Screening by Petr Tomaides
    • The Question of Islam | Conversation
    • Adonis Syria, moderator Petr Drulák CZ
    • Kirill Medvedev  Russia 

Sunday 12. 11.

Reading and discussions| Senate


  • A Time Between Ashes and Roses
  • Adonis Syria
  • Mohammed Achaari Morocco
  • Abderrahim El Allam Morocco
  • Abdelkarim Jouaiti Morocco
  • moderator František Ondráš CZ



19.00   Gala Evening | The Senate

  • Adonis Syria | Reading, moderator Michael March USA.
  • They can´t kill us all. Discussion.
  • Wesley Lowery USA, moderator Inderjit Badhwar India
  • A celebratory evening, organisers would like to ask you to consider dress code.


Monday 13. 11.


  • Book signing Affinity Konar  |  Ayşe Kulin 


  • Screening of the movie The Good German, discussion Municipal Library
    Reading Joseph Kanon USA, moderated by Petr Drulák

17.00 Reading and discussion, Convent of St Agnes

19.30 Galaevening| Convent of St Agnes


Tuesday 14. 11.


  • Hana Newman USA :  Trump and Identity Politics; The University of Economics


  •   Wesley Lowery USA : Black Lives Matter ; The University of Economics

17.00   Morroco and literature | Convent of St Agnes

19.30  Galaevening | Convent of St Agnes


Wednesday 15.11.

19.30   Film screenings and discussions | Ponrepo

  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Maria Golia USA
  • Inderjit Badhwar India
    moderator Michael March USA


Simultaneous translation for all events.
All discussions and readings will be broadcast live online on ČT24. 

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