Bled Meetings are international meetings of writers organized by the Slovene PEN and the WfCP. They began in 1968 in Piran and since 1977 they are held in Bled. In more than 40 years of their existence the Bled Meetings have become a major PEN literary event.
Every year three round tables are organized, one of them by the Writers for Peace Committee which also holds one of its annual meetings.
This year's 44th International "Bled Meeting" will be held in Bled, Slovenia from 16th to 20th May 2012.
The Slovene PEN centre and the Writers for Peace Commitee of International PEN propose to discuss the following themes:
1. Transformation – new paths or the decline of Western rational civilization
2. Perennial modernity
3. Sharing with others, a path to peace
The general idea and directions for the round tables can be found here: 1st round table 2nd round table 3rd round table
Members of PEN Centres who would like to participate at the conference, are requested to fill in the registration form and send it to before April the 15th 2012 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants are invited to read at literary evenings organized in ten different Slovene towns!
45th International Writers' Meeting
Bled, 8th to 12th of May 2013
Literary Creation, from the Periphery to the Centre
The Writer as a Traveller Creating Peace facing the Challenges of teh New Media
The Role of PEN Today and in the Future
Digital Freedom, Peace and Conflict - PEN's Declaration on DIgital Freedom
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: email@example.com
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!
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.
Next Bled meeting will be held between 17th and 22nd April 2018. Programme will be published shortly.