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Picture of Enkel Demi (pen name: Tom Kuka)
Enkel Demi is an Albanian writer and journalist. In November of 2016, he published his first novel under the pseudonym Tom Kuka: Hide mbi kalldrëm (Jujube on Cobblestone), a crime novel that takes place in Tirana, Albania, during the 1930s.
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Dejan Tiago Stanković, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1965, is a writer and literary translator of Serbian and Portuguese languages. In 1991, after graduating in architecture in Belgrade, he moved to London out of mere desire to experience the world.
Picture of Arman Pachyan (c) Umar Timol
Aram Pachyan is an Armenian author, a member of the independence/post-post-Soviet literary generation, who has won several national prizes, including the prestigious Presidential Prize for Literature.
Picture of Lara Calleja (c) Lindsey Bahia
Lara Calleja, born in 1988, was raised in Marsaskala, a once quaint seaside village in Malta that is now overshadowed by apartment blocks. Having graduated with honours in Near Eastern studies in 2010, Calleja worked for several years in tourism.
Picture of Maxim Grigoriev (c) Miguel Ribeiro Fernandes
Maxim Grigoriev, born in 1980, is an author, critic and translator from Russian into Swedish. He was born in Moscow, Russia, where he grew up until he moved to Sweden as a teenager. He made his debut with a collection of short stories, Städer (Cities), which was awarded the esteemed Borås Tidning Prize for debut authors.
Picture of Gerda Blees (c) Bartjan de bruijn
Gerda Blees, born in 1985, made her literary debut in 2017 with the short story collection Aan doodgaan dachten we niet (We Didn’t Think About Dying). Her first volume of poetry, Dwaallichten (Wandering Lights), appeared the following year.
Picture of Amine Al Ghozzi
Amine Ben Aissa, born in 1980, better known by the pen name Amine Al Ghozzi, is a Tunisian-French writer who writes in both standard Arabic and Tunisian Arabic dialect. He graduated from the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of Tunis and was an associate professor of history and geography at various middle and high schools in Tunisia.
Picture of Sigrún Pálsdóttir
Sigrún Pálsdóttir is a writer and historian. Born in Reykjavík in 1967, she completed a PhD on the history of ideas at the University of Oxford in 2001, after which she was a research fellow and lecturer at the University of Iceland.
Picture of Lucie Faulerová (c) Ondrej Lipar
Lucie Faulerová, born in 1989, is a writer, editor and aspiring screenwriter. She graduated in Czech studies from the Palacký University in Olomouc.
Picture of Frederico Pedreira (c) Sílvia Bancaleiro
Frederico Pedreira was born in 1983. He has published six books of poetry, two novels, a collection of short stories and a book of essays.
Picture of Laura Vinogradova (c) Vitalijs Vinogradovs
Laura Vinogradova, born in 1984, is a Latvian writer of children and adult literature. She studied business management at Riga Technical University and did not start writing until she was 30.
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Anja Mugerli, born in 1984, is a Slovenian writer. She graduated with a degree in Slovenian Studies and has a master’s in performance studies and creative writing.
Picture of Georgi Bardarov (c) Krasena Angelova
Georgi Bardarov is a Bulgarian scientist and writer. He is Associate Professor of Ethno-religious Conflicts and Demography and Vice-Dean of the Geology and Geography Department at Sofia University. He founded and co-hosts the most successful course on the art of public speaking and oratory in Bulgaria.