Ida Linde (1980, Sweden) grew up in Umeå but now lives in Stockholm where she is a teacher of Creative Writing at the Biskop-Arnös Writers School. She debuted in 2006 with poetry collection/ poetic prose novel Maskinflickans testamente (The Machine girl's will)that revolves around football and personal loss. Linde has written a variety of critically acclaimed novels, among them En kärleksförklaring (A declaration of love) and Norrut åker man för att dö (You go north in order to die).Her second collection of poems, Räkneboken (Counting book), is as much a collection of aphorisms as it is a veritable textbook. She also writes and directs for the theatre. Whatever the genre, Linde is known for her linguistic density and an alarmingly poetic suggestion.
Ida Linde is coming to Days of Poetry and Wine through European poetry platform Versopolis.
Faraj Bayrakdar (1951, Syria/Sweden) acquired a bachelor's degree in Arabic language and literature from the University of Damascus in 1979. In 1977 he published together with some young writers in the university a secret literary magazine, but in 1978 the authorities arrested Bayrakdar, and the magazine was abolished after nine numbers. He was put again under arrest in early 1987 accused of being a member of a leftist opposition party, and set free 14 years later, as a result of an international campaign that involved several human rights and free speech organizations as well as many writers and artists from all over the world. In 1998 he won the Hellman-Hammet grant, in 1999 the International PEN Award-American center West, in 2004 the Free word Award from NOVIB – Netherlands, in 2006 the Oxfam Novib / PEN Freedom of Expression Award – Netherlands, in 2007 the Tucholsky Prize – Sweden and in 2012 the Ibn Batuta prize. He resides in Sweden since 27 October 2005. Alltogether he published eight collections of poetry and two books, one about his trial inside the Syrian prisons: The treasons of the language and the silence (Beirut 2006) and one about his journey to Netherlands: Out of the cave (United Arab Emirates 2013).
Pär Hansson was born 1970 in Vännäs, Västerbotten County, in Northern Sweden. He has published five collections of poetry. His works have been included in anthologies and published in literary magazines in Sweden and abroad, with translations into English, Spanish, French, German, Slovakian, Bosnian and Estonian. The spoken word is essential for his writing. Reading the poems aloud in different rooms is an integral part of his poetic practice. He now lives in Hammarbyhöjden, Stockholm, where he organizes readings on his veranda, teaches creative writing at the Folk University of Gotland and is one of the editors of the Grass poetry fanzine.