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Prague, Sept 13 (CTK) – The annual world congress of poets will be held in Prague on September 15-20 to mark the 115th birth anniversary of Jaroslav Seifert, a Czech poet and the 1984 Nobel Literature Prize winner, the organisers from the Czech centre of the PEN Club have announced on the Internet.
The programme will include presentations of books by the authors, discussion meetings and exhibitions, and a sculpture in honour of Seifert will be unveiled in Prague’s Zizkov neighbourhood where he was born on September 23, 1901. He died in Prague in January 1986.
The world poets’ congresses staged by the PEN Club, an international organisation, have been regularly held all over the world for more than 30 years. They have been hosted by various countries often in remembrance of local world-famous authors.
In Prague, the upcoming congress events will be held in the Municipal Library, the Vaclav Havel Library and other places such as a cafe in the historical centre of the city.
The Czech PEN Club centre has asked authors from all over the world to write a poem inspired by Seifert’s poem The Plague Monument. They will read them during the congress, its executive director Magdalena Sebestova told CTK.

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