Delphi, and prizewinners

Greece is the common point of reference for a group of high-flying writers from around the world who are meeting some of their Greek counterparts over a long weekend, from tomorrow to Sunday, at Delphi. The Greek Culture Ministry and the European Cultural Center of Delphi are jointly organizing an international meeting on aspects of the Greek experience. Writers will be coming from Ireland, the United States, Japan, France and Germany to share their ideas and visit the sites of Delphi. Seamus Heaney Among the speakers this weekend will be Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney; writer, translator and critic Edmund Keeley; writer and translator Natsuki Izekawa; poet, teacher and translator Rachel Hadas; writer Michel Deon; publisher and writer Michael Krueger; novelist and translator Jacques Lacarriere and writer and translator Erasmus Schoefer. The discussions will tease out the theme of the Greek experience with the writers talking about how Greek mythology, art, literature, landscape and modern Greek culture is reflected in their work, and in what ways it has helped shape their literary identity. DAAD scholarship Writer and Kathimerini columnist Amanda Michalopoulou has won this year’s German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Writer’s Scholarship. Awarded annually by the German Foreign Ministry since 1963, the DAAD state scholarship allows recipients to work on their writing while living in Berlin for a year. Writers are chosen on the basis of German translations and reviews of their work. Previous recipients include Susan Sontag, Margaret Atwood, Jeffrey Eugenides and Thanassis Valtinos. Translation prize Michaela Prinziger has won the Greek-German translation prize for 2003 for her rendition of Ioanna Karystiani’s second novel, «Suit in the Ground,» which was published recently by Suhrkampf. Prinziger has made numerous translations from Greek into German, including works by Rea Galanaki, Andreas Staikos and Petros Markaris.