A Collaboration between the Macedonian and the French P.E.N. Centres
JEAN BLOT IN MACEDONIA
As an integral part of the collaboration between the Macedonian and the French P.E.N. Centres, the President of the French P.E.N. Centre, Mr. Jean Blot, visited Macedonia between the 25th and the 27th of September 2005. His stay actually represented a return visit for the visit the Macedonian delegation of writers, members of the Macedonian P.E.N. Centre, paid the French P.E.N. Centre in Paris, in April 2004.
During his stay, Jean Blot had many conversations with his colleges from Macedonia considering the future collaboration between the two P.E.N. Centres. On the evening of the 25th of September, a meeting with Jean Blot was organized in Bitola, in the National and University Library of this town, in order to represent the work of Jean Blot and the literary connections between Macedonia and France. The President of the Macedonian P.E.N., Mr. Dimitar Bashevski, spoke on this meeting about the collaboration of the two P.E.N. Centres, and the writer Vlada Uroshevic spoke specifically about the literary connections between Macedonia and France. Uroshevic stressed the visits of important French writers in Macedonia from the liberation of Macedonia after the Second World War untill the participation of many French poets on the Struga Poetry Evenings Festival and on other cultural and literary manifestations in Macedonia.
Mr. Jean Blot also traveled to Ohrid and from Ohrid to the Monastery of St. Gjorgji in Kurbinovo (via the Mountain Galichica), then he visited the archeological site Heraclea and the Mountain Pelister, and also the town of Krushevo. On the 27th of September he had a meeting with many Macedonian writers in Skopje, on which he talked about the situation of the French literature today and about the literary connections with Macedonia.