Since 2003 new prose from ten European countries forms the heart of the European Festival of the First Novel. Ten novelists and their editors as well as other professionals of the literary world are gathering in Schleswig-Holstein/ northern Germany to discuss writing and publishing, to acquaint themselves with new novels, and maybe pave the way for translation.
The festival, which takes place at "Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein" in Kiel, is a combination of an expert conference on European first novels and a public reading by all participating authors.
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124 writers and about 111 publishers from 17 countries have so far taken the opportunity to present current first novels. From Norway to Hungary, from Finland to Spain, participants have made their way to Schleswig-Holstein. From the start, a network for authors and publishers of future European literature has come into existence, and it is steadily growing. In fact, a considerable number of the presented first novels has meanwhile been translated into various languages.
The initiators' original idea of strengthening the role of literature as the most prominent promoter of the actual reality of life in the diversity of European languages and cultural traditions is beginning to take shape beyond expert discourse in Schleswig-Holstein. For the reading and the discussions during the four days a brochure provides the basis which presents extracts from and synopsis of all ten novels as well as biographical and bibliographical information on the authors in German, English and French.
Public event: interested public in general
Conference: writers, editors, literary specialists
Seminars at the University of Kiel: students and lecturer
Our partner project "European Festival of the First Novel" takes place from May 15 to 18 at the Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel (Germany). It features new literature and authors from Europe.
The ARS BALTICA accredited 11th European Festival of the first Novel which took place from 23 to 26 May 2013 at Literatur Haus in Kiel (Germany) was a completely success. Authors from 11 countries presented their works and more.
The ARS BALTICA accredited project "European Festival of the First Novel" takes place from 23 to 26 May 2013 at Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel (Germany). Eleven international novelists will meet together to discuss and...
Weatherproof guests, debating authors and a relaxed atmosphere - The European Festival of the First Novel celebrated a successfull 10th anniversary in Kiel/ Northern Germany from 10 to 13 May 2012.
This Round Table Discussion on the Sustainability of Literature Funding will take place on Friday 11 May 2012, 9.30 am -12.30 pm at Geomar, Kiel/ Northern Germany. The entrance is free, an application is requested.
In 2012, the ARS BALTICA accredited festival celebrates its 10th anniversary. The festival, which is a combination of a public reading gala and a literary conference, will take place at the Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein in...
Find out more about the programme of this year's edition of this ARS BALTICA granted project taking place in Northern Germany from 5 to 8 May 2011!
"ARS BALTICA is not a bureaucratic construction for political posturing, but a concept that stands for unconventional and committed collaboration in real cooperative projects." (Rainer Haarmann, former ARS BALTICA Coordinator, 1997)