Trafika Europe Radio launches with 5 new literary podcast series!

Trafika Europe Radio – Europe’s literary radio station – is beginning its regular first season with 5 new podcast series, all launching this Sunday 17 May!

At the scheduled times, you can tune in and listen right here:

https://trafikaeurope.org/go/radio

Each episode will premiere this Sunday (17 May 2020) — followed by an encore streaming on Tuesday better timed for listeners far to the east, and then a second encore presentation on Thursday.

Here’s a brief summary of these 5 podcast premieres, followed by a complete description of each episode, including schedule for the two encore streamings.

Livestream Schedule · Sunday, May 17, 2020

12:00-12:26 PM EDT
Dalkey Archive Press: Black on White – Ep. 01 – Dumitru Tsepeneag

1:00-1:35 PM EDT
Swiss Literature Today – Ep. 01 – Peter Stamm

2:00-2:43 PM EDT
Women in Translation – Ep. 01 – Alima Hamel

3:00-3:44 PM EDT
Turkish Sofa – Ep. 01 – Açık Şiir

4:00-4:20 PM EDT
Bowery Poetry Speaks – Ep. 01 – Poul Lynggaard Damgaard



Below are all details of these 5 podcast series launches, with episode descriptions and full schedule including 2 encores during the week.



Enjoy!



((1)) Dalkey Archive Press: Black on White – Episode 01: Dumitru Tsepeneag

Host John O’Brien discusses Romanian author Dumitru Tsepeneag with Alistair Ian Blyth. The pair consider Tsepeneag’s personal history and works, and discuss his theory of oneirism, in which dream is a structuring principle of a literary text. Includes an excerpt from Vain Art of the Fugue. (26 minutes)

Premiere: Sunday 17 May 2020: 12:00 noon EDT in New York = 9am in California = 5pm in London = 6pm in Paris & Berlin = 7pm in Romania (etc.)

First encore (suited for our friends farther east): Tuesday 19 May 2020: 5:00am EDT = 10am in London = 11am in Paris & Berlin = noon in Romania = 2pm in Jerusalem = 4:30 in New Delhi = 8pm in Tokyo = 9pm in Sydney (etc.)

Second encore: Thursday 21 May 2020 12:00 noon EDT in New York = 9am in California = 5pm in London = 6pm in Paris & Berlin = 7pm in Romania (etc.)



((2)) Swiss Literature Today – Episode 01: Peter Stamm

Swiss-German author Peter Stamm discusses his latest novel to come out in English, The Sweet Indifference of the World, published by Other Press. Includes an excerpt in English read by translator Michael Hofmann. Musical selections are “Zauerli” by violinist Paul Giger and “Waltz for Verena” by Dino Saluzzi. (35-minute audio). This episode was made possible by kind support from the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and Pro Helvetia

Premiere: Sunday 17 May 2020, 1:00pm EDT in New York = 10am in California = 6pm in London = 7pm in Switzerland (and Paris and Berlin) = 8pm in Istanbul (etc.)

First encore: Tuesday 19 May 2020, 6:00am EDT (timed conveniently for our friends farther to the east) = 11:00am in London = noon in Switzerland, Paris & Berlin = 1pm in Jerusalem = 3:30pm in New Delhi = 7pm in Tokyo = 8pm in Sydney (etc.)

Second encore: Thursday 21 May 2020, 1:00pm EDT in New York = 10am in California = 6pm in London = 7pm in Switzerland (and Paris & Berlin) = 8pm in Istanbul (etc.)



((3)) Women in Translation – Episode 01: Alima Hamel

French-Algerian poet-singer-musician Alima Hamel writes poetry and songs in French and Algerian Arabic. Translator Anna Navrotskaya asks her about her experience as an artist between languages and cultures, and between poetry and song. She discusses her poetic influences and method, and she shares some elemental truths about women in culture. Includes several performance segments (43 minutes) This episode is fully bilingual (French-English).

Premiere: Sunday 17 May 2020, 2:00pm EDT in New York = 11am in California = 7pm in London = 8pm in France (and Berlin) = 9pm in Istanbul (etc.)

First encore: Tuesday 19 May 2020, 7:00am EDT (timed conveniently for our friends farther to the east) = noon in London = 1pm in Paris & Berlin = 2pm in Jerusalem = 4:30pm in New Delhi = 8pm in Tokyo = 9pm in Sydney (etc.)

Second encore: Thursday 21 May 2020, 2:00pm EDT = 11am in California = 7pm in London = 8pm in Paris & Berlin) = 9pm in Istanbul (etc.)

((4)) Turkish Sofa – Episode 01: Açık Şiir

Host Erkut Tokman speaks with 3 members of the avant-garde multimedia literary collective Açık Şiir, based in Turkey: Erkan Karakiraz, Neslihan Yalman, and Altay Ömer Erdoğen: Includes original songs in Turkish language based on participants’ poems. (44 minutes)

Premiere: Sunday 17 May 2020, 3:00pm EDT in New York = noon in California = 8pm in London = 9pm in Paris and Berlin = 10pm in Istanbul (etc.)

First encore: Tuesday 19 May 2020, 8:00am ET (timed conveniently for our friends farther to the east) = 1pm in London = 2pm in Paris & Berlin = 3pm in Istanbul = 5:30pm in New Delhi = 9pm in Tokyo = 10pm in Sydney (etc.)

Second encore: Thursday 21 May 2020, 3:00pm EDT in New York = noon in California = 8pm in London = 9pm in Paris and Berlin = 10pm in Istanbul (etc.)

((5)) Bowery Poetry Speaks – Episode 01: Poul Lynggaard Damgaard

Danish poet Poul Lynggaard Damgaard is interviewed in this fascinating conversation and performs his work – hosted by Andrew Singer (20 minutes)

Premiere: Sunday 17 May 2020, 4:00pm EDT in New York = 1pm, in California = 9pm in London = 10pm in Denmark (and Paris and Berlin) = 11pm in Istanbul (etc.)

First encore: Tuesday 19 May 2020, 9:00am EDT (timed conveniently for our friends farther to the east) = 2pm in London = 3pm in Denmark, Paris & Berlin = 4pm in Jerusalem = 6:30pm in New Delhi = 10pm in Tokyo = 11pm in Sydney (etc.)

Second encore: Thursday 21 May 2020, 4:00pm EDT in New York = 1pm in California = 9pm in London = 10pm in Denmark (and Paris and Berlin) = 11pm in Istanbul (etc.)

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Announcing Trafika Europe Radio launch date!

Announcing Trafika Europe Radio launch date!

It’s official: Trafika Europe Radio will be ‘on the air’ from Sunday 10 May 2020! Please save the date!

With a variety of weekly audio podcast series by partner-producers, we’ll be connecting, presenting and enjoying new literature, music, news and discussion from literary communities across Europe, for an English-speaking audience online.

In today’s climate, we can all step up to the plate a little more, to help maintain the openness and cultural interchange we’ve come to take for granted in literature across borders.

If you agree this new piece of infrastructure for literature is exciting, vital – and long-overdue – then please support us by becoming a sustaining subscriber at our Campaign page.

We are a non-profit foundation with extensive podcast experience, continuing to publish our acclaimed Traifka Europe literary journal. Please help us now toward this Radio launch, enjoy great rewards at our Campaign… and tune in for the world’s first literary podcast radio station, on May 10, 2020, from 2:00pm (EST)!

For more information, please visit our Campaign page.

Other kinds of participation are also welcome. Just email us to discuss possibilities: editor@trafikaeurope.org.

Together we can do this! And thanks from all of us at Trafika Europe!

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