Faraj BAYRAKDAR

 

Faraj BAYRAKDAR is a Syrian writer, author of five books of poetry and one of prose. Imprisoned by the Syrian authorities in 1987, he was only set free 14 years later, thanks to an international campaign that involved human rights and free speech organizations as well as writers and artists. Among his awards: the 1998 Hellman-Hammet grant; the 1999 International PEN Award – American Center West; the 2004 Free Word Award from NOVIB – Netherlands; the 2006 Oxfam Novib / PEN Freedom of Expression Award Netherlands; and the 2007 Tucholsky Prize – Sweden. He has lived in Sweden since 2005.

 

Faraj bayrakdar © photo by Mohammad Osman

 

poems translated with the support of BOZAR (www.bozar.be) 

 

 

 

 

  • Embassy of Ireland
  • It Skriuwersboun
  • Greenlandic Writers Association
  • Embassy of the Republic of Latvia to the Kingdom of Belgium
  • Spain Arts and Culture - Cultural and Scientific Service of the Embassy of Spain in Belgium
  • Balassi Institute - Cultural Service of the Embassy of Hungary in Brussels
  • Commission européenne
  • Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels
  • Danish Cultural Institute
  • Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity
  • Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
  • Instituto Cervantes Brussels
  • Ambassade du Luxembourg à Bruxelles
  • Leeuwarden Europan Capital of Culture 2018
  • Greenland Representation to the European Union
  • Polish Institute - Cultural Service of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Brussels
  • Etxepare Euskal Institutua
  • Orfeu - Livraria Portuguesa
  • Mission of the Faroes to the EU
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to the European Union
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union
  • Embassy of Sweden
  • MuntPunt
  • Ville de Bruxelles
  • Austrian Cultural Forum
  • Czech Centre Brussels
  • Camões Instituto de Cooperação e Língua Portugal
  • Scottish Government EU Office
  • LOFT 58
  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura
  • Yunus Emre Institute
  • Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Belgium