Festival of Hope 2 / 18 February 2021

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Poets from Georgia

Festival of Hope 2

Four poets, different generations, different voices. Reading selected works and discussing matters of poetry - its forms, purpose and relation to life. Recorded in a secluded environment of Writers’ House, poets read the texts about their concerns, friends, hopes and rage – everything that happens out in the world and transfers into their poetry. Mixed with idyllic sounds of winter birdsong, the video creates a momentary lapse of beauty in contrast with the sounds of poetry.

Portrayed poets and poems:

David Chikhladze - Plus. Translated by Donald Rayfield.

Erekle Deisadze - untitled poem “Whose tanks will occupy this broad avenue?”. Translated by Donald Rayfield.

Eka Kevanishvili - Come On, Let’s Play a Game of Paupers. Translated by Donald Rayfield.

Lela Samniashvili - Military Drills. Translated by Natalia Bukia-Peters and Mac Dunlop.


Writers' House of Georgia

Writers’ House of Georgia is a culture management organization based in Tbilisi. 

Writers’ House is based in the historical building carrying the same name – an early 20th century historical mansion, built in 1905 as a residential house, by the biggest philanthropist of those times - David Sarajishvili. Today, the house on Machabeli str. #13 is the hub for the big majority of literary and cultural events in Georgia.

The building of Writers’ House has the capacity of event and exhibition space. There is a writers’ residency in the building, offering living and work space to writers, translators and artists. In 2020, the organization also started Museum of David Sarajishvili - the memorial museum of the initial owner of the house. 

Writers’ House of Georgia initiates and manages number of cultural and literary projects, and also acts as a facilitator of publishing and translation processes. The organization counts number of projects: from literary contests and awards, to educational projects, subsidizing literary periodicals, or local and international festivals of literature and poetry. Writers’ House has several open calls per year for publishing and translation projects, and in the period of pandemic it announced and granted scholarships to Georgian writers and translators. 

Writers’ House also organizes and manages representation of Georgian literature, authors and publishers at world book fairs and festivals.

More info: http://writershouse.ge/eng/index