|Foreign writers, poets attend Vietnam's Poetry Day in Bac Giang province. (Photo: http://nhandan.com.vn)
The International Conference took place on February 16, followed by the Poetry Day at Hanoi’s Temple of Literature, and the International Poetry Festival on February 18 in Quang Ninh province’s Ha Long City. The events were attended by 200 poets, writers, publishers, and cultural researchers from 50 countries.
This year’s theme, “Mountains and Rivers on Shoulders”, looks back 40 years to the war Vietnam fought to defend its northern border. In addition to poems on patriotism and the determination to defend national sovereignty, there are works in praise of the motherland and love, and translations of foreign literary works.
Poet Huu Thinh, Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Literature and Arts Associations and the Vietnam Writers’ Association, told VOV: “We’ve organized workshops and discussions to seek new ways to introduce Vietnamese literature to the world. We’d like to thank our foreign guests for contributing their opinions on problems that need to be addressed, such as language difference."
|Venezuelan poet Gustavo Pereira talks about his work “Vietnam 1967”. (Photo: Tung Lam/VNA)
For the occasion the Vietnam Writers’ Association has published 3 bilingual works in Vietnamese and English, including an overview of Vietnamese literature over 10 decades, a collection of poems by 44 poets entitled “Mountains and rivers on shoulders”, and a collection of contemporary short stories.
"Meetings and exchanges on literature within the festival’s framework have created wonderful opportunities for Vietnamese and foreign poets and writers to better understand each other. Vietnam has become a literary crossroad during this festival,” said poet Huu Thinh.
"Vietnam is a very beautiful country. This event is a very historic and meaningful one because poets from all around the world get together and exchange their ideas. It would be a pivotal point to assemble poets from all around the world," said Kim Koo Seul, a poet from South Korea.