New members, information about the summer meeting, save the dates
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Bato Tomašević
9.11.1929 - 15.04.2017
"Bato. What a great and quite unique man we have lost. Someone we will surely always remember for his many many qualities. Our founder, diplomat, publisher, author and as well a wonderful and kind friend to all with whom he was associated in his most distinguished and successful long life."

Ken Webb
MGIP - New members
We are happy to welcome:
Harriet and Victoria Bridgeman
Bridgeman Images
Gheorghe Prini
Back again: Niels Jákup Thomsen
Faroe Islands
Bókadeild Føroya Lærarafelags
In disguise: Alexander Fijis-Walker
Pallas Athene

Andrea Mingfai Chu
Shuyi Publishing
MGIP Summer Meeting & 40th Anniversary
We are delighted to present the keynote-speaker of this year’s summer meeting:

Burhan Sönmez (Foto © Kaan Saganak) was born in Turkey and grew up speaking Turkish and Kurdish and worked for a time as a lawyer in Istanbul. He was a member of Human Rights Society and a founder of TAKSAV (Foundation for Social Research, Culture and Art). When he got seriously injured following an assault by the police in Turkey he had to move to Britain where he received treatment with the support of the organization ‘Freedom from Torture’ in London. Today, Burhan lives in Istanbul and Cambridge.
He is the author of three novels: North (2009), Sins & Innocents (2011), and Istanbul Istanbul (2015). Sins & Innocents, his second novel, was granted with the 2011 'Sedat Simavi Literature Prize'. Burhan Sönmez is the youngest-ever author to win it. The book was also awarded the 'Izmir St. Joseph Best Novel Award' in the same year. All his novels have been published in twenty nine languages.
As an author he has also written for various newspapers and magazines, such as the Guardian, la Repubblica, and Die Zeit. He is a board member of PEN-International. Currently Burhan lectures in Literature and Novel at the university of METU.

© Bernhard Aichner
The ‘local speaker’ at the summer meeting will be our member Aleš Šteger:

Aleš is not only one of the founding publishers of Beletrina Academic Press Ljubljana, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, but he is also an internationally renowned author and poet.  As translator from Spanish and German into Slovene, he published e.g. Pablo Neruda, Gottfied Benn, Ingeborg Bachmann, Cesar Vallego. His books have been translated into 16 languages and his poems appear in international magazines and newspapers such as The New Yorker, Die Zeit, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, TLS and many others. Among other prizes and honours his English translation of Knjiga reči (The Book of Things, BOA Editions, 2010) won two mayor U.S. translation awards (BTBA award and AATSEL).
The film ‘Beyond Boundaries’ by Peter Zach is based on Aleš’ walk along the borders of Slovenia. This small central European country is unique, because it shares borders with four countries: Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia – a source of different impressions and an inspiration for Aleš’ poems, which can be heard in the film. Amongst numerous awards, Aleš received the title Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French State and he is member of Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
General information
There are only a few places left at the hotel, so please let me know, if you intend to come to Portorož and Motovun. As the end of June is already high season, the hotel will barely be able to provide more rooms last minute. Better to make a reservation now than getting nothing at all. Concerning travel documents there is no problem at all with Slovenia, because it belongs to the Schengen space.

But as we will go to Motovun (Croatia) for the 40th celebration, here is the information of the ministry for our non-European members:

On joining the EU, Croatia extended a ruling for holders of Schengen visas that was first introduced in 2012. This regulation allows holders of valid dual or multiple entry Schengen visas to enter, stay and transit in or through Croatia WITHOUT the need for an additional visa. More Information can be found here. Especially during summer holidays they will be controlling passport of bus tourists – what we will be for one night.

Information about airports:

You can fly to Trieste, Ljubljana and Venice. The distance from Ljubljana as well as from Venice to Portorož is almost the same. As soon as I know your arrival/departure  times, I will try to arrange for transfer cars/buses. There is also an airport service, if you want to make individual arrangements. Closer to the meeting I will provide you with general information about any other important issues.
Initial programme
Thursday, June 15th
Afternoon: Meeting of the board members
Installation of the rights centre in the evening
7 pm: Welcome drink – followed by Welcome dinner

Friday, June 16th
9 am: General Assembly for all members – associated and full members
10.30 am: Power point presentation of new books 
Followed by individual meetings
1.30 pm: Lunch
2.30 pm: Individual meetings
5.00 pm: Boat trip to Piran
First Lecture by Aleš Ŝteger
8.00 pm: Dinner at the seaside

Saturday, June 17th
Morning: Individual meetings
1.00 pm: Lunch 
Individual meetings after lunch
2.45 pm: Second Lecture by Burhan Sönmez
4.15 pm: Departure for Motovun – as there are strict controls, we have to expect waiting time at the border
Programme in Motovun
8.00 pm: Dinner under the chestnut trees
11.00 pm: Return to Portorož

Sunday, June 18th
: Dismantling
9.00 am: Departure for excursion to Trieste
Programme in Trieste part 1
2.00 pm: Lunch outside Trieste

Who departs on Sunday afternoon/evening can join us with luggage and leave directly after lunch to Trieste, Ljubljana or Venice airport.

Programme in Trieste part 2

Programme as of April 10th - subject to change!

In case you want to spend some extra days in the medieval surrounding, please let us know. We have contacts to private holiday homes as well as to Hotel Kaštel, which will offer special rates to members of MGIP. Please send a request to to get more information.

Piran in evening light
Coming up - Save the dates
June 15th – 18th, 2017 – Summer Meeting & 40th Anniversary of MGIP
October 10th, 2017 – MGIP Frankfurt Dinner
March 25th, 2018 – MGIP Bologna Dinner
April 9
th, 2018 – MGIP London Dinner
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