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) 

 

 

 

 

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