Poster for Worldwide Reading commemorating the Armenian Genocide, April 2015

“Armenian Whispers” – Worldwide Reading on the 21st of April

“Armenian Whispers” – Worldwide reading to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide Led by the International Literature Festival Berlin and the Lepsiushaus Potsdam, there will be a worldwide reading on 21st of April from “The Book of Whispers” by Varujan Vosganian to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. In addition to remembering the victims of this horrible event, […]

April 2, 2015

“Armenian Whispers” – Worldwide reading to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Led by the International Literature Festival Berlin and the Lepsiushaus Potsdam, there will be a worldwide reading on 21st of April from “The Book of Whispers” by Varujan Vosganian to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. In addition to remembering the victims of this horrible event, we also want to raise awareness of the fact that some countries still don’t recognise the genocide, most notably Turkey.

More than 300 authors from more than 65 countries are supporting this initiative, among them Nobel Prize laureates Mario Vargas Llosa, Herta Müller, Elfriede Jelinek, Orhan Pamuk, John M. Coetzee and the late Günter Grass.

Are you interested in holding a reading to commemorate this occasion? The text of the selected chapters from “The Book of Whispers” is available in 15 languages here and you can find a translation of chapters 7 and 8 on our website here, kindly made available to us by the translator Alistair Ian Blyth. If you tweet from your reading, please use that hashtag #ArmenianGenocide to include your message in the wider context of the readings that are being held all around the world on the 21st of April. Let us know if you’re planning an event and send us an email to christina@scottishpen.org

Scottish PEN are holding a reading at the University of Strathclyde; Louise Welsh, James Kelman and Drew Campbell will be reading from “The Book of Whispers”. 6pm, MC319, McCance Building, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. You can find more details and book your free tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1418257

Scottish PEN’s Student Centre are holding a reading at the University of Edinburgh. 7:30-9:30pm, Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh. You can find more details here.

 

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