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49th international Writers' meeting at Bled



Wednesday, May 10th 2017

Arrival of participants to Bled

14.00 – 17.00 Is Hate Speech Declaration of War? (suppl. no. 1)

Meeting of PEN International Women Writers Committee/ Round table, PEN

International Women Writers Committee (Hotel Park)

18.00 Literary evening (Hotel Park, Bled)

20.00 Reception by Mr. Anton Peršak, Minister of Culture (Castle Brdo)


Thursday, May 11th 2017


9.00 – 13.00 Opening of 49. International Conference in Bled (Hotel Park)

Round table of Slovenian PEN: The Landscape of Chaos (suppl. no. 2)

11.00-11.20 Coffee break

13.00-14.30 Lunch break

14.30 – 17.30 War and Peace (suppl. no. 3), Round table of Writers for PeaceCommittee (Hotel Park)

16.00-16.20 Coffee break

18.00-20.00 Literary festival Faces of Peace

20.30 Dinner (Hotel Park)


Friday, May 12th 2017

08.30-12.00 School University visits of PEN participants (various venues)

9.00-12.00 General Assembly of Writers for Peace Committee (Hotel Park)

12.30-13.15 awarding high shool students for their best literary works (Hotel Park)

13.30-14.30 Lunch (Hotel Park)

15.30 Departure for Ljubljana

16.30-17.30 Visit to the Centre of the City

18.00 Literary Evening in Ljubljana Castle

19.00 Reception in Ljubljana Castle by Mr. Zoran Jankovič, Mayor of Ljubljana


Saturday, May 13th 2017

9.00 – 18.00 Excursion to the Coast, the Church of Hrastovlje and the City of Koper


Sunday, May 14th 2017

Departure of the participants.

48th international Writers' meeting at Bled

11. -  14th of May  2016: The 48th international Writers' meeting  and the literary festival Faces of Peace will again take place in Bled. For the first time,  the official meeting of the IPWWC will take place under the auspices of Mrs. Jennifer Clement, the president of PEN International.  We will host many distinguished authors form around the globe. They will share their views on global developments and problems of our time at our three public panels: The Treasure of the Other, How Stupid can we get (Stupidity as the foundation of our civilisation)and We are all Migrants – Terrorism Everywhere.

We would also like to invite you to literary readings taking place throughout Slovenia within the framework of the Faces of peace literary festival on Thursday 12th of May and a literary evening featuring four prominent  female authors from Slovenia on the 11th of May. As part of the festival we have again reached out to Slovene high school students, asking them to write essays on the theme of “Differences enrich us”. The authors of the best essays will be awarded prizes at the festival.

If you are interested in meeting acclaimed writers and poets, discussing current issues and you  enjoy good literature, you are kindly invited to our “Bled before Bled” on the 10th of May in the Konzorcij bookshop in Ljubljana. You will have the chance to meet our special guest panellist and author of the world famous Encyclopaedia of stupidity,  Matthijs van Boxel.

The exact time and location of other panels and readings will be published on our web site in due time – come join us!

46th International Writers' Meeting

46th International Writers' Meeting

Bled, Slovenia, 7th to 10th May 2014


The themes of the round tables:

“A Farewell to Arms?” The 1st World War in literature

"Do we live in war or peace?” - cultural and political consequences of the Great War.


This year we are introducing a novelty, i.e. a festival of literature for peace entitled Faces of Peace – A Farewell to Arms in several towns of Slovenia.


For more details please contact Slovene PEN: slopen@guest.arnes.si

Adopted at the 79th World PEN Congress in Reykjavik, September 2013
Bled Manifesto of the Writers for Peace Committee
PEN International,the world’s leading association of writers, promotes a culture of peace based on freedom of expression, dialogue, and exchange. PEN is dedicated to linguistic and cultural diversity and to the vibrancy of languages and their cultures whether spoken by many or few.  PEN International’s Writers for Peace Committee has therefore approved this Manifesto calling for the universal right to peace, based on the Lugano Declaration for Peace and Freedom (1987), on the  Appeal of Linz Protesting Against the Degradation of the Environment (2009)  and on the Belgrade Declaration of the Writers for Peace Committee, approved at the 77th Congress of PEN International (September 2011).1. All individuals and peoples have a right to peace and this right should be recognised by the United Nations as a universal human right. 2. PEN promotes discussion and dialogue between writers from countries in conflict and across regions of the world where wounds are open and political will is unable to address tensions. 3. PEN seeks to bring together people from around the world through literature and discussion amongst writers and with the broad public. 4. PEN considers one of the world’s greatest challenges to be the transition from violence to debate, discussion and dialogue. We aim to be active participants in this progress promoting where necessary the principles of international law. 5. In order to achieve the conditions for peace, freedom of expression and creativity in all its forms must be respected and protected as a fundamental right so long as it respects all other basic human rights in accordance with the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.6. PEN acknowledges that it is of primary importance to be permanently committed to creating conditions that can lead to ending conflicts of all kinds. There is neither freedom without peace, nor peace without freedom; social and political justice is inaccessible without peace and freedom. 7. In order to achieve sustainable conditions for peace, PEN calls for the respect of the environment in conformity with the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992). We condemn the excesses of technology and financial speculation that contribute to the impoverishment of a large part of the world’s population.  8.  PEN respects and defends the dignity of all human beings. PEN opposes injustice and violence wherever they are found, including oppression, colonisation, illegal occupation and terrorism.  9. In accordance with the principles of freedom of expression and justice, every individual or group involved in conflict has the right to demand non-violent solutions to conflict and should be free to petition and appeal to  international institutions and government authorities. 10. All children have the right to receive a comprehensive peace and human rights education.  PEN promotes the implementation of this right.
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