Contributors 2015


Rosie Goldsmith
British multimedia journalist whose special interests are art, literature and international affairs. She has worked for BBC Radio around the world, and now directs the European Literature Network in London.

Gerwig Epkes
A literature and features editor with SWR2 in Baden-Baden and publisher of audio books as well as short story anthologies. He manages the SWR Bestsellers list.


Grischka Voss
An actress, writer and director, her engagements are at Off-Broadway, Burgtheater Vienna, Volkstheater Vienna, Freie Szene Vienna. Co-founder of the Bernhard Ensemble, and a co-member of the executive board of DAS OFF THEATER Vienna.



Rina Kaçinari (cello, vocals) from Kosovo and Jelena Popržan (vocals, viola and Jew’s harp) from Serbia first performed in 2009 at Vienna’s Porgy & Bess and since formed a furious duo as the Catch-Pop String-Strong that comes up with clever improvisations, delicate self-compositions and adaptations of Yugoslav Pop hits, Bach & Bartók, Brecht & Kreisler, Scottish tunes as well as satirical song inserts.

“Catch-Pop String-Strong bridge Classical and oblique sounds, bravely combining old and new, traditional and modern Europe to create an acoustic carpet, to a unity, a murmur of disparate languages. They make a thrilling and unique statement.”
Julya Rabinowich

Peter Zimmermann
Writer and journalist. Features and cultural editor for ORF/Radio in Vienna, responsible for the book show “Ex libris” on Ö1.

Laszlo Szabolcs
Hungarian-Romanian writer, works for CEU Press Budapest.

Discussion Partners

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Alexandra Büchler, Czech translator and editor living in Britain. She is Director of the European platform Literature Across Frontiers.

Eva Karadi, Hungarian university lecturer and literary events organizer. She publishes the Hungarian version of Lettre Internationale.

Rainer Moritz, German literary scholar and academic, writer, publisher and translator. He is Director of the Literaturhaus Hamburg.

Beat Mazenauer, Swiss literary critic and networker. He is director of SwissLiterature (

Dirk Rumberg, German management consultant (media industry) and literary agent. He is Managing Director of Ultreya GmbH.
Jürgen Ritte, French-German literary scholar and academic, translator and writer. He is Professor at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3.

Renata Zamida, Slovenian literature expert. She works at Belletrina-Academic Press, is Director of the Fabula Festival in Ljublanja and is involved in setting up the book lending platform Biblos.

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