23. ilb 06. – 16.09.2023

ilb Jahre: 2007

Peter Stein

born in Berlin in 1937, is one of the most important German theater and film directors. His career took him from the Munich Kammerspiele via Zurich and Bremen to Berlin, where he assembled a top-class ensemble at the Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer and created legendary productions. As director of drama

Zhai Yongming

Zhai Yongming, born in Chengdu, Sichuan in 1955, has been awarded the Pamir International Poetry Prize as the best literary voice in the People’s Republic of China. She has also emerged as an essayist and art critic, and besides was named one of the fifty most beautiful women in by

Yang Lian

A child of Chinese diplomats, Yang Lian was born in the Swiss capital Bern in 1955. He grew up in Beijing and in 1974 was sent to the countryside, like all Chinese youths of his generation, for »re-education by peasants«. In 1977 he began working as an editor and programmer

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka was born in Abeokuta, western Nigeria, in 1934. Following Literature and Drama Studies in Nigeria (Ibadan) and England (Leeds) he worked at the London Royal Court Theatre as an actor and dramatic advisor, where he also wrote his first plays. In 1960 he returned to Nigeria, where he

Wolf Biermann

Wolf Biermann was born in Hamburg in 1936. His parents were in the communist resistance, and his father was killed in Auschwitz after years of imprisonment for his political activities. In 1953 Biermann left West Germany for the German Democratic Republic (GDR), and from 1957 to 1959 he worked as

Willie Perdomo

Willie Perdomo grew up in East Harlem, New York. He distinguished himself as a poet and performer with his first appearances at the »Nuyorican Poets Café«. His first collection of poems, »Smoking Lovely« (2003), received the PEN/Beyond Margins Award. Perdomo has also written an award-winning children’s book. He teaches at

Wladimir Kaminer

Wladimir Kaminer was born in 1967 in Moscow. After studying to be a sound engineer for theatre and radio, he studied dramaturgy at the Moscow Institute of Theatre. In 1990, he moved to East Berlin in what was at that point still the GDR. After being assigned a place in

Wilfried N’Sondé

Wilfried N’Sondé was born in Brazzaville, capital of the present-day Republic of Congo, in 1968. In 1973, after his father received a grant from a Parisian art school, the whole family moved to the outskirts of Paris. Under the impact of the adverse living conditions in the banlieues and working

Wayne Koestenbaum

Wayne Koestenbaum is a New York poet and cultural critic. He studied at Harvard, received a Ph.D. at Princeton and writes for journals such as the »London Review of Books«, »New York Magazine« and the »Times Magazine«. Koestenbaum has published one novel, a biography of Andy Warhol, five volumes of

Vladimir Radunsky

Vladimir Radunsky was born in the Ural Mountains in 1954 and grew up in Moscow, where he studied art, design and architecture. In 1982 he moved to New York and started working as a designer of art books, gradually moving into writing and illustrating children’s books. Radunsky’s dynamic style and

Vytautas V. Landsbergis

Vytautas V. Landsbergis is one of Lithuania’s leading authors of children’s books in addition to being a screenplay author and film and theatre director. He was born in Vilnius in 1962 and studied philology in his native town as well as directing in Tbilisi, Georgia. On completing his studies, during

Vagelis Iliopoulos

Vagelis Iliopoulos was born in Athens in 1964, where he studied education and theology, and where he today works as a primary school teacher. Since making his literary début in 1995, over thirty of his picture books, texts for very young readers, novels and retellings of myths have been published