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Irina Papancheva

Irina Papancheva was born in the Bulgarian city of Burgas. She is the author of the illustrated children’s book ‘I Stutter’ (Ciela, 2005), the short novel ‘Almost Intimately’ (Kronos, 2007) and the novels ‘Annabel’ (Janet 45, 2010), ‘Pelican Feather’ (Janet 45, 2013), ‘She, the island’ (Trud, 2017) and ‘Brussels Naked’ (Znatsi, 2022), the novella ‘Welcome, Nathan!’ (2019) as well as short stories.

Irina has worked as a journalist, editor, translator, deputy mayor of Sofia and an advocate for Bulgarian and European NGOs. She currently works at Hope and Homes for Children in Brussels.


Caroline de Gruyter

Dutch author, Europe correspondent and columnist for NRC Handelsblad, the Guardian and Foreign Policy.

Anja Strelec

Anja Strelec

Author/film maker

Iphigenia Taxopoulou is a founding member and general secretary of the European theatre network mitos21.

Colette Victor

Colette Victor is an author, literary expert and teacher on ‘the story’.

Valerie Fabris

A translator and teacher by training, Valérie now works as a career guidance counselor.

Elisa Rubin

Elisa Rubin


A trained translator, specializing in literary translation, Elisa has always been a fan of fantastic literature, particularly in English.

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