Friday, January 13, 2012

Frankfurt Bookfair 2012: An Aotearoa Affair - A Blog Fest

Frankfurt Bookfair 2012: An Aotearoa Affair - A Blog Fest is a literary web initiative in anticipation of the Frankfurt Bookfair in October, where New Zealand is the Guest of Honour. The idea: to cross boundaries through writing from various perspectives and languages, to stretch across landscapes and timezones, to share experiences both common and unique to these countries and the people from there and living there.

The website just launched with an invite to join: "In these pages we’re highlighting Kiwi and German writers in 2012 and creating a space for interested readers and bloggers to connect and share related posts. If you are a Kiwi or German living anywhere in the world, or if you are from somewhere else but have settled in New Zealand or Germany, we want to hear from you."

The blog fest will present writers in a weekly series, and in special features. Added to that, a monthly blog carnival will feature New Zealand and German perspectives in many forms: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, travel, photography, art, etc. - the first edition is planned for February, deadline is February 5, the theme will be "Crossings". Guidelines for interested authors and bloggers: How to Join.

About Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest book and media fair in the world – with around 7,400 exhibitors from over 100 countries. In 2012, the Frankfurt Book Fair will take place from 10 to 14 October. The guest of honour is New Zealand. Previous guests of honour include Iceland, Argentina, China, and many more.

About the Blog Fest 
The editors of the Blog Fest are Michelle Elvy (New Zealand, founder of the flash initiative 52|250 A Year of Flash) and Dorothee Lang (Germany, editor BluePrintReview and founder of the language/place blog carnival). Michelle and Dorothee first met over their separate writing and editing projects in 2010 and soon discovered common ground -- both literally, as Michelle had lived many years in Germany and also through language and travel, poetry and photography.

Frankfurt Bookfair 2012: An Aotearoa Affair - A Blog Fest

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