Bled meetings

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.

44th International Writers' Meeting - Bled 2012

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 rt2nd round table 3rd rt3rd 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:


Participants are invited to read at literary evenings organized in ten different Slovene towns!

Provisional programme:pg

45th International Writers' Meeting

45th International Writers' Meeting

Bled, 8th to 12th of May 2013

Round tables:

Literary Creation, from the Periphery to the Centre
The Writer as a Traveller Creating Peace facing the Challenges of teh New Media

Panel discussion:
The Role of PEN Today and in the Future

Digital Freedom, Peace and Conflict - PEN's Declaration on DIgital Freedom

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:

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!

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.

50th Writers' meeting in Bled

Next Bled meeting will be held between 17th and 22nd April 2018. Programme will be published shortly.



BLED 2018




Tuesday, 17th of April  BLED BEFORE BLED




11.00               Press conference for Jennifer Clement,

                        Prayers for the Stolen in Slovene translation

                        in the presence of the author and the publisher


BLED Hotel Park


14.00 – 16.00 Round table – Forum of Slavonic Cultures


16.00 – 19.00 Meeting of PEN International Women Writers Committee


20.00               Evening of literature by writers from Slavonic states

                        in the presence of Jennifer Clement



WEDNESDAY, 18th of April



BLED Hotel Park

                        Arrival of participants to Bled


 9.30 – 12.30   Meeting of the representatives of three regional networks

                        Balkan, Mediterranean and Alps-Adria

12.30               Opening of the exhibition Wall, Fence, Border (Japan/Slovenia)

13.00               Lunch

15.00 - 18.00  General Assembly of Writers for Peace Committee


Festival Hall

19.00 – 22.00: Celebration of the 50th International Writers’ meeting at Bled,

                        concert, reception



THURSDAY, 19th of April



Hotel Park


 9.30 – 12.30   Round table of Slovene PEN: Literature as a right to dream

12.30                Prize-giving for the Faces for Peace essays-writing competition

13.00               Lunch

15.00 – 18.00  Round table of Writers for Peace Committee, PEN International:

                         Wall, Fence, Border

18.00 - 20.00   Literary festival 'Faces of Peace'

                        Participants visit libraries, cultural houses, museums in the vicinity of Bled

20.00               Diner



FRIDAY, 20th of April



                        Free morning

13.00               Lunch



15.00               Departure to Ljubljana

16.00               Visiting the National Gallery in Ljubljana

18.00               Literary evening, concert and a reception at the National Gallery

21.00               Return to Bled



SATURDAY, 21st of April

                        Departure of the participants




9.00                 Excursion, Piran -

                        a coastal town where International Writers' Meetings began in 1968

                        Return to Bled by 19.00



Sunday, 22nd of April


                        Departure of the participants


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