Multicultural programme at Helsinki Book Fair 2016

Akhlad al-Mudhafari from Iraq captures the audience with his intense, deeply touching and personal poems about being a refugee, life in a new country and how he has developed through the challenges life has brought him. Akhlad writes in English, Finnish and Arabic.

Students Jana Polenz and Florian Polkowski from Bielefeld University, Germany, discuss with Sabira Ståhlberg about the project “Maailma kotona” – an anthology with texts by authors, who write in other languages in Finland or about immigrants.bielefeld

Hiphop rhythms in poetry? Ahmed Zaidan from Iraq writes poems about his home town, “the princess” Mosul, in English and Arabic – a music-inspired experience with strong emotions and a current topic.ahmed_zaidan

Tanya Tynjälä from Peru (to the left) and Ainhoa González from Spanien talk about their writing and read texts. Luckily this event was not arranged on one of the scenes, but in the stand of Lecti Book Studio and Villa Schildt, because the audience was so enthusiastic that the event lasted for 1,5 hours…tanya_tynjala_ainhoa_gonzalez

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