The authors who took part at the 3-rd Tirana International Literature Festival - TILF 2017
Andrea Grill (Austria)
Andrea Grill, born in 1975 in Bad Ischl, studied Biology & a. in Salzburg, Thessaloniki and Amsterdam. She lives as a writer and translator in Vienna. She has translated from the Albanian works by Luljeta Lleshanaku, Mimoza Ahmeti and Ervina Halili. Her most recent books are: the book "Safari, Inner Wilderness", 2014 the novel "The Paradise of Doctor Caspari", 2015 the book "Schmetterlinge",2016 appeared in the series Naturkunden at Matthes & Seitz. She has received several prizes, most recently the City of Vienna's award and the award for the Bremen Literary Prize.
Daniela Danz (Germany)
Born in 1976 in Eisenach, Danz is an author and art historian. She studied German studies and art history in Tübingen, Prague, Berlin, Leipzig and Halle/Saale, and graduates in architectural history. Actually, she is head of the Schillerhaus in Rudolstadt, Lehrauftrag at Hildesheim University. She lives in Kranichfeld / Thuringia.
Single releases: "Lange Fluchten", novel, 2016; "V"; Poems, 2014; "Pontus", poems, 2009; "Turmer", novel, 2006; "Serimunt", poems, 2004.
Recent awards: 2014 Rainer Malkowski Prize (with Mirko Bonné), 2016 Fellowship of the German Academy, Rome Casa Baldi, 2017 London Fellowship of the German Literary Fund e.V.
Jürgen Banscherus (Germany)
Jürgen Banscherus was born in 1949. After studying arts and social sciences in Münster and Bonn, he practiceddifferent professions: scientific researcher, journalist, publishing lecturer, teacher in adult education. In 1983 he published his first lyric releases, his first children's book appeared in 1985, and since 1989 he has been a freelance writer. Meanwhile hasJürgen Banscheruswrote more than sixty children's and youth books translated into 26 languages.
He has received numerous awards, among others as the first children’s book author ever the renowned Annette von Droste-Hülshoff-Preis.
He is a member of the International PEN, is married to the education scientist BirgittaPielmeyer-Banscherus and has two adult children.
Entela Tabaku Sörman (Sweden)
Entela Tabaku Sörman was born in Shkodra in 1971. She graduated in Language and Literature and taught at Shkodra University until she moved to Sweden in 1998. She has published two poetry collections “Fifty poems and five intermezzos” (Shkodër 1996) and "a fist of life enough to die” (Tirana 2016) and also the translation of Björn Larsson’s novel “Long John Silver” (Prishtina 2016). She will soon come out with a new poetry collection “Foreign poems” and the translation from Swedish of “The Wonderful Adventure of Nils Holgersson”.
In 2014, she received her PhD in Italian linguistics from Stockholm University and is currently Senior Lecturer in Albanian at Uppsala University.
Karl-Markus Gauß (Austria)
Karl-Markus Gauß was born 1954 in Salzburg, where he now lives as writer and chief-editor of the literary magazine Literatur und Kritik. He has published about 25 books which were translated in many languages and achieved literary awards in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, and Poland. He wrote series of travel stories mostly about minorities or little nationalities in Europe in which he combines a personal view on these countries with information about history, art, politics and parts of his own biography as traveller. He published also another series with books called `Journals` in which he created a new genre between faction, fiction, autobiography and chronic of our times.
Muriel Barbery (France)
Born in 1969. Former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, associate of philosophy.
She currently teaches at the IUFM (University Training Institute of Masters) of Saint Lo, in Normandy. Her first novel, A Gourmandise, arrived by post and was translated into twelve languages.
Bibliography: Une gourmandise [A gourmandise], novel, Gallimard, 2000 (reprise in folio)
L’élégance du hérisson [The elegance of the hedgehog], novel, Gallimard, 2006 (reprise in folio)
La vie des elfes [The Life of the Elves], novel, Gallimard, 2015
Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia)
Macedonian poet, editor, and translator, Nikola Madzirov was born in Strumica to a family of Balkan War refugees. Madzirov’s poetry examines both personal and cultural geography in order to trace the nature of our movement across those landscapes.
He is the author of several collections of poetry including Studentski Zbor award-winner Locked in the City (1999), Aco Karamanov Award-winner Somewhere Nowhere (1999), and Huberta Burda Award-winner Relocated Stone(2007). Poet Carolyn Forché wrote the foreword to a volume of his selected poems, Remnants of Another Age (2011, translated by Peggy Reid, Graham Reid, Magdalena Horvat, and Adam Reed). Madzirov’s work has been translated into more than thirty languages.
His additional honors include the Hubert Burda European Poetry Award, the Miladinov Brothers poetry prize and residencies at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, LiteraturRaum in Berlin, Kultur Kontakt in Vienna, Literatur Haus NÖ in Krems, and Villa Waldberta in Munich. He has served as Macedonian coordinator for the international poetry network for Lyrikline and as poetry editor for the Macedonian online journal Blesok.
Rita Petro (Albania)
Rita Petro studied Albanian Language and Literature at the University of Tirana (1980-84). In 1993-1994 she specialized in Greek Philosophy and Culture at the University of Athens (Philosophical School, Kapodistrian University). From 1985 until 2000 she worked as an editor for the Textbook Printing House and was actively involved with working groups developing programs, standards, and training in language and literature at school. In 2000, along with Latif Ajrullai, she co-founded the ALBAS print house that is primarily known for publishing textbooks in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Presevo and the diaspora.
Rita Petro has co-authored thirty-six textbooks on Albanian language and literature. She currently serves as director of the ALBAS publishing house. Rita Petro has participated in a number of poetry festivals both nationally and abroad, and her work appears in various literary magazines and anthologies of contemporary world literature, translated and published in French by Edmond Tupja, Ardian Marashi; in German by Hans. J. Lanksch; in English by Robert Elsie and Ukë Bucpapaj; in Romanian by Marius Dobrecsu and Luan Topçiu.
Roland Sejko (Italy/Albania)
Roland Sejko was born in Albania and graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Tirana. In 1991 he left Albania in one of the great exodus ships to settle in Rome. Since 1995 he has been working at the "Luce" Institute, where he is responsible for the use of content and editorial activities of the film archive. In 2008, he made his directorial debut with the feature-length documentary "Albania the county on the other side" produced by Luce Institute and History Channel. Sejko is the author of several films for the Luce Historical Archives and is also the curator of the exhibit "Luce - Italian imagination ", exhibited in various cities of Italy.
"Albania, the country on the other side", "Anija/ The ship", "Introduction to the war" (based on a story from Italo Calvino), "S.P.M. with his own hands", "The Wait", "The Propaganda Regiment".
Awards: 2013-David di Donatello for Best Documentary "The ship"
Rudi Erebara (Albania)
Rudi Erebara was born in 1971. He is a poet, novelist and translator. After graduating in 1995 at the Academy of Fine Arts, he embarked on a career as a political analyst, a journalist in several national newspapers and as an editor in chief. He is the author of two books of poetry, Fillon Pamja (There Begins the View), 1994, and Lëng argjendi (Silver Juice), 2013. His two novels are Vezët e thëllëzave (Eggs of the Quails), 2010, and Epika e yjeve të mëngjesit (The Epic of the Morning Stars), 2016.
Thanas Medi (Albania - Greece)
Thanas Medi was born in 1958 in Dhoksat village, province of Lunxhëria, Gjirokastra. He graduated on Albanian Language and Literature at the University of Tirana in 1988. Medi has started to write in his early age. He worked as a teacher until 1993, then emigrated to Greece. Now he lives in Athens. He published his first novel Hija e mallkuar [The cursed shadow] in 2011. While in 2013, he published his well-known novel Fjala e fundit e Sokrat Bubës [The Last Word of Socrates Buba]. Kohë e djegur [Wheal time] is his third novel published in 2016.. Medi is appreciated by critics as a virtuous pen, master of composition, concentrated dialogue, diverse language, and drawing with the original colour of the literary atmosphere that characterizes his work. Recent awards: 2011-Jakov Xoxa prize award by the Drita Writers' Club.; 2013- Great National Literature Prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture with the "" as the best literary work for 2013.