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Ob 50. obletnici Blejskih srečanj smo izdali izbor pesmi članov svetovnih centrov PEN, ki se redno udeležujejo naših srečanj. Knjižica je čudovit pogled nazaj in popotnica za naprej.

Drugačnost bogati

DRUGAČNOST BOGATI: GLOBINE MORJA

Globina drugačnosti je neskončna. Če bi jo poskušali oceniti, je tako, kakor če bi hoteli prešteti in primerjati vse kapljice vode v morju. Nemogoče. In prav kapljice lahko kljub svoji raznolikosti in zaradi trdne povezanosti tvorijo morja in oceane.

Sovražni govor je vojna napoved

SOVRAŽNI GOVOR JE VOJNA NAPOVED

 

 

Če bi se že v uvodu dotaknila starega slovenskega pregovora Beseda ni konj, bi kaj hitro razbila pomen in realnost tega pregovora. Besede lahko strejo močen oklep in razbijejo še tako trdno grajen zid posameznikove  samopodobe. Povzročijo lahko boleče rane, po katerih je zdravljenje še zahtevnejše. Pogosto se zarijejo v našo notranjost in tam ostanejo za veliko časa, do takrat ko smo pač pripravljeni iti naprej. Velikokrat se pretvarjamo, da ne bolijo, vendar imajo besede moč, predvsem zato, ker jim slepo verjamemo ali pa se bojimo, da jim bodo verjeli drugi.

Drugačnost bogati

Drugačnost bogati

 

Drugačnost je del našega vsakdana in del vsakega od nas. Čeprav to pogosto želimo prikriti, da bi zadovoljili našo potrebo po pripadnosti, smo drugačni čisto vsi. Večino svojega življenja mislim, da je drugačnost slaba in manjvredna. Hvala, zloglasni mediji!

 
Sovražni govor je vojna napoved

Sovražni govor je vojna napoved

 

Tišina. Nemočno vstanem, da ne bom drugačna, da ne bom izstopala, da ne bom predrzna.

 

»Jutro!« vpeljano prečesa razred učitelj zgodovine. Razvaljenih obrazov za klopmi ne spregleda. »Druga svetovna vojna!« še enkrat, tokrat z dvakratno mero entuziazma, maha pred tablo, a še vseeno premalo zanimivo, da bi me pritegnil.

 

Skoraj neopazno pogledam skozi okno. V daljavi takoj opazim nevihto. Čudno – ko pa je še včeraj pripekalo sonce.

 
SARAJEVO

v knjižnici že dva tisoč let knjige načrti
v plamenih liste odnaša iz spomina veter
črke in strani zleplja kri v otrplih prstih

 

Veno Taufer: VUKVAR

I had an apparition of Vukovar and I took a walk for a few
    streets -
around the block - with my hands frozen - up to the tobacco shop
and on returning I thought so that's the way they used

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Nadine Gordimer describes South African education system as a 'wreck'

In the South African news this morning, as reported by the SA Press Association:

Nobel literature prize winner Nadine Gordimer poured scorn on South Africa's education system on Tuesday as "a wreck" over the failure to deliver textbooks to thousands of public schools.


The scandal has caused a national furore after leaving more than 5,000 rural schools without textbooks for more than six months of the academic year in a damning measure of South Africa's schooling 18 years into democracy.

"Our education system is a wreck. It's a shamble. I can't believe that three-quarters of the year have gone by and so many of our schools, especially in the rural areas, have been without textbooks," said Gordimer, 88, on SAFM public radio news.

"It is the (education) minister's responsibility to see that the books are ordered in time and delivered. How can you teach people to read if there are no books to read from?"

President Jacob Zuma is facing increasing calls to fire Education Minister Angie Motshekga. On Monday, he said he was waiting for a final report from a team he appointed to investigate the debacle.

The education department was found to have violated students' rights to education after being taken to court and was ordered to remedy the situation.

But a probe revealed that 22 percent of schools in the northern Limpopo region were still without learning materials earlier this month despite a scramble by authorities to get the missing books to schools.

The criticism by Gordimer, who had several works banned by the apartheid regime, comes after peace laureate Desmond Tutu said democratic icon Nelson Mandela would be reduced to tears if he knew the poor state of public schools.

Education is South Africa's single biggest budget item, but schools are hobbled by poor management and low standards. - SAPA



Literary evening: Zineb el Rhazoui and Erika Johnson Debeljak

The Maribor Literature House hosted a Slovene-American wrtiter Erika Johnson Debeljak and a Morrocan writer and journalist living in Ljubljana Zineb El Rhazoui.

You can watch the video of the evening here.




44th International Writers' Meeting in Bled, 16th-20th May 2012

This year's 44th International "Bled Meeting" will be held in Bled, Slovenia from 16th to 20th May 2012.

Slovene PEN centre and the Writers for Peace Commitee of International PEN propose to discuss on 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 1st round table 2nd round table 2nd round table 3rd round table 3rd round table


If you would like to participate to the conference, please fill in the registration form and send it to before the end of March 2012 to: slopen@guest.arnes.si

 
All participants are invited to read at the literary evenings we organize in ten different slovene towns!

 
Provisional programme:provisional programme



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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