Here you will find all texts written in the context of HALMA, particularly the HALMA essays. The essays written by grant holders after they have completed their journey with HALMA are published here.
Foreword of the HALMA catalogue by Ilija Trojanow.
Speech delivered by the German secretary of state
Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Speech delivered by the secretary of state of the federal republic of Germany on the occasion of the HALMA presentation on March 11th 2007 at the Department for Foreign Affairs in Berlin.
In Peter Swanborn's poem the theme of freedom of speech and mobility occurs on three levels: First there are a few men in an Irish pub talking about their difficult lives, second there is the writer doing wordless Tai Chi exercises in the dance studio of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and third, there is a young bird flying with a big bang up against a window.
While reading, we write
"For me, Raron existed before I saw it. (...) For me, Raron means a return to Zwetajewa and Rilke, a return to them both." An essay about the town Raron - inspired not only by Rilke.
The Polish Artist
"In Minsk, where the blocks of flats are oddly far apart, and so I enjoy trying to imagine Romans, Genoese, and Neapolitanas living here - people who need to be able to tie their clothes-line across to the front of the nearest building; in Minsk, where I live on the no-shade seventh floor, and where, at this time of year, it's already bright at four, I've quickly taken - determined to get back to sleep each time I first wake - to knotting my terribly old-fashioned but easily-stretched (at least) pyjama top round my ugly mug, and hiding under the most oxygen-permeable part of the cover for a while from the day coming storming towards me."
Make your move. A Europe-size gift
From Ventspils to Rousse: Margins, Elsewhere, Frontiers
"But ever since the memory of the Cold War had itself turned cold, ever since Germany had been reunified and, to a certain extent, Europe as well, I longed to explore its margins."
- Follow Alain Freudiger's explorations in Ruse and Ventspils
A hundred year war and an eternal friendship
The Bliss of Solitude
6 x B
Accompany Maritta Lintunen on her lyrical
journey through the six B's of her residencies.
Billiard, amber, blue nights.
Eastern in Vienna
"In shop-windows rabbits of plush and clay are quiet in Vienna
Leaping against glass, they shatter it breaking away."
Seeing and hearing tell // And suddenly nothing
"Does travel not always release transformation? The face you wear at your departure is not the same one with which you leave the country again. And your name? Does your name remain to you? ..." -
Petra Ganglbauer writes about her experiences in Bulgaria and Ireland.
A Poet Away From Home
The Last Residence of Miss Worby
"In sunlight the sky forms an invisible glass dome over the island in the lake. It is August now, and at night you can sense the deep-blue contours of the dome, interwoven like filigree..." - Lotte Thrane meets different kinds of ghosts at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland.
Uta, Prague, Rome and the Whole World
"I left for Prague last June with absolutely no desire to do so..." -
Flavio Soriga reflects about European history in Prague.
"On a previous visit to Vienna on Christmas time, several years ago, my plan to see all the sights within a handful of days left me with very few memories..." - Titsa Pipinou writes about her one-month-stay in Vienna.
The Mud On Your Shoes
55ş 18’ N and 21ş E
Siân Melangell Dafydd
Stations Along the Way – Rhodes
"Again I am travelling with only a few things, a destination, address and instructions that the keys to my new home are waiting in a small box in a hollow under the staircase..." -
Cvetka Bevc writes about her stay at the International Writers and Translators' Centre of Rhodes.
An Essay. Simply an Essay.
In his essay the Welsh author Tristan Hughes tell about his stay in the Belarussian capital Minsk
In the middle of Europe
Roland Reichen writes about his experience in Belarus, Estonia and Latvia.
Common Ground: Embarrassments
During her residency in Saint Nazaire and Minsk the author Anna Kim discovered a connecting characteristic of intercultural encounters. An essay about embarassments.
Berlin is alone, so am I (Joseph Beuys)
The new poetry collection "Detox" by Johanna Geels will be published in December 2010 by Atlas. Three poems of her Berlin cycle have been translated into English for the HALMA library by Willem Groenewegen.
The dialogue of cultures
HALMA grant holder Filipa Melo tells of her stays in Ljubljana and Berlin.
HALMA grant holder Annette Mingels tells of her stay on Rhodes.
HALMA jumps: from Ventspils to Plovdiv
HALMA grant holder Urs Faes tells of his stays at the International Writers' and Translators' House in Ventspils and at the Borderland House in Plovdiv.
HALMA grant holder Daniel Goetsch tells of his stay at the Elias Canetti Center in Ruse.
Triest, Magris and us