Writer Ana Blandiana was designated on Saturday night, in Gdansk, “European Poet of Freedom,” the Warsaw office of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) informs in a Sunday’s release for Agerpres.
According to the cited source, every two years, Gdansk becomes the center of European Poetry, on the occasion of the “European Poet of Freedom” festival and contest. Seven European countries compete for this prestigious award.
In 2016, the competing countries have been Romania, Portugal, Denmark, Hungary, Russia, Italy and Macedonia. The award is presented both to poets, as well as to translators.
“The choice of the jury made up of Polish literary and cultural personalities was Ana Blandiana, with the volume Patria mea A4 [My homeland A4]. The Polish version of the volume was published in January this year,” reads the press release.