Women writers, artists and scientists chosen for Hay project

News - International Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Stories and essays to appear in Comma Press anthology

Hay Festival has announced the selection of women writers, artists and scientists taking part in a new global project reimagining the future of Europe. Their short stories and essays will appear in an anthology, Europa28: Visions for the Future, to be showcased at Hay Festival Europa28 in European Capital of Culture 2020 Rijeka, Croatia (June 2020), and at other events. The anthology will be edited by Sophie Hughes and Sarah Cleave, and published by Comma Press in the UK and Fraktura in Croatia.

Asja Bakić - poet, writer, translator (Croatia)
Zsófia Bán - writer, critic, scholar (Hungary)
Annelies Beck - writer, journalist (Belgium)
Silvia Bencivelli - scientific journalist (Italy)
Paula Bonet - painter, illustrator, writer (Spain)
Hilary Cottam - entrepreneur, activist (UK)
Lisa Dwan - performer, director (Ireland)
Yvonne Hofstetter - lawyer, essayist (Germany)
Nora Ikstena - essayist (Latvia)
Maarja Kangro - poet, translator (Estonia)
Kapka Kassabova - poet, writer (Bulgaria)
Sofia Kouvelaki - activist (Greece)
Carine Krecke - artist (Luxembourg)
Caroline Muscat - journalist (Malta)
Nora Nadjarian - poet, writer (Cyprus)
Ioana Nicolaie - author (Romania)
Bronka Nowicka - director, screenwriter, poet (Poland)
Tereza Nvotova - director, actress (Slovakia)
Anna Pessoa - author (Portugal)
Julya Rabinowich - writer, painter, interpreter (Austria)
Karolina Ramqvist - writer (Sweden)
Apolena Rychlikova - filmmaker and journalist (Czech Republic)
Renata Salecl - philosopher, sociologist (Slovenia)
Leïla Slimani - author (France)
Janne Teller - author, activist (Denmark)
Saara Turunen - playwright, director, author (Finland)
Zydrune Vitaite - entrepreneur, economist (Lithuania)
Gloria Wekker - anthropologist (Netherlands)

The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union through Wom@rts, which aims to promote an equal presence of women in the arts.

Comma Press publishing manager Sarah Cleave said: "Comma is committed to platforming writers and writing that challenge readers and offer new perspectives on global issues. The stories and essays gathered in this anthology do exactly that; they examine both the idea and the reality of Europe and put forward a set of ideas - a creative manifesto if you like - on how we might rebuild it for the better."

Photo (Charlie Hopkinson): Hilary Cottam

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