The 9th European Festival of the First Novel will take place at the Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel. It is known as a place for an intense literary exchange for new European literature. Every year authors from ten European countries, whose first novels have not yet been translated into other languages, meet here with their editors and publishers to present their novels and attend workshops with literary experts.
The festival is carried out by the Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein and the Centre Culturel Français de Kiel. It is supported and sponsored by the Bureau de Livre of the French embassy in Berlin, the federal state Schleswig-Holstein and institutions of the participating countries. Since 2004 the festival is sponsored as an ARS BALTICA project. A special aim is to give new literature from smaller European languages a forum.
At a public reading in the Literaturhaus in Kiel on the 5th of May from 7pm, the participating authors will present abstracts from their first novels, which have been translated into German, English and French for the festival brochure. The following conference offers the editors, publishers and other experts the opportunity to get to know the novels better and make contacts for publishing and translation projects.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)