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11 May

Warsaw lecture

*Samuel Beckett and “Border Thinking”*

A suspicion of unities marked the intellectual development of Samuel
Beckett, and his biography and working practices bear out the
boundary-crossing nature of his achievement: both novelist and playwright
in both French and English, his legacy increasingly crosses the global
landscape without much regard for political borders. Instead, in
geographic, linguistic, and philosophical terms, Samuel Beckett’s oeuvre
reveals the persistent and the porous nature of the boundary itself,
initiating a form of dialectic “border thinking” that marks his artistic
approach. Looking at histories of performance practices across different
cultures, this research examines the resulting tension in the work of
Samuel Beckett, especially his work for the theatre, between strict or
mathematically precise delineations — strips, striations, boxes, and
containers — and the rhizomatic profusion of possible meanings or
methodologies as actors, directors, designers, and dramaturgs read “between
the lines.” The philosophical dimension of Beckett’s affection for playing
along the boundaries of concepts and ideas — whether through parodies of
Pythagoras and Descartes, extensions of Dante and Schopenhauer, or through
an ongoing fascination with paradox itself — are also brought to bear on
whether a form of “border thinking” marks modernism itself. Finally,
drawing on the practice-as-research work of the Samuel Beckett Laboratory
in “Mapping Beckett,” a workshop that will be conducted at the 2018
between.pomiedczy Festival in Gdansk, Poland, this paper also initiates a
discussion of whether “border thinking” marks the development of a newly
“interwoven” intercultural dimension that may inform the next stage of
international Beckett Studies.

06 May

Bewteen.Pomiędzy Festival 2018 – Program

The Ninth Festival of Literature and Theater Between.Pomiędzy

14 – 20 May 2018: Sopot, Gdańsk, Gdynia




Honorary Patrons: The Rector of the University of Gdańsk and the President of the City of Sopot


Collage of  Memory – an exhibition of paintings by Wojciech Zieliński, Teatr BOTO (3 March – 20 May)

Różewicz in Karpacz – an exhibition of photographs by Zbigniew Kulik, University of Gdańsk (14-27 May)

Festival Café: Młody Byron (Dworek Sierakowskich, Sopot, 14-20 May)


Monday, 14 May 2018
10.00 Event Official opening of the festival: David Malcolm, Tomasz Wiśniewski and Katarzyna Kręglewska University of Gdańsk, ul. Wita Stwosza 51, room 24
Following Reading Reading Haupt in English
Following Exhibition


Różewicz in Karpacz – opening of the exhibition (in Polish)
12.00 Happening Martin Blaszk University of Gdańsk, ul. Wita Stwosza 51
14.00 Conversation


Ślady pamięci (Traces of Memory) – Monika Sznajderman and Mieczysław Abramowicz (in Polish) University of Gdańsk, ul. Wita Stwosza 55,

room 3.3

16.00 Reading Reading Sznajderman and Stasiuk in English Teatr BOTO, Sopot
Following A meeting with the author Monika Sznajderman’s Books (in Polish)
17.15 A meeting with the author Andrzej Stasiuk’s Maps (in Polish)
18.30 Theatre


BOTO reads Stasiuk

(Sylwia Góra-Weber, Adam Nalepa, Marcin Dymiter, Irek Wojtczak)

20.00 T





Krwawe gody (Blood Wedding) by Frederico Garcia Lorca, directed by Adam Nalepa – graduation performance by final-year students of SWA im. Danuty Baduszkowej in Gdynia (in Polish) Teatr Muzyczny,  Gdynia,

Scena Kameralna



Tuesday, 15 May 2018
12.00 Workshop S.E. Gontarski and Jon McKenna Teatr na Plaży, Sopot
14.30 Discussion Tekstualia – special volume on inter-culturality (in Polish) Teatr na Plaży, Sopot
Following Discussion Kasperski’s Norwid – Żaneta Nalewajk-Turecka (in Polish)
Following Discussion Konteksty – Zbigniew Benedyktowicz (in Polish)
18.00 Film Ucho wewnętrzne (Inner Ear), directed by Magdalena Gubała, Szymon Uliasz (74 min.) Teatr BOTO, Sopot
19.45 Reading Reading Sznajderman in English – David Malcolm
Following Conversation Jester – Monika Sznajderman, Stanisław Rosiek (in Polish)
21.00  T Concert Andrzej Stasiuk, Mikołaj Trzaska Teatr BOTO, Sopot


Wednesday, 16 May 2018
9.00 – 17.00


Seminar BECKETT’S FACES. The University of Gdańsk Samuel Beckett Seminar in cooperation with The Federal University of Goiás (Brazil). Patron: The Ambassador of Ireland in Poland.

→  Andrzej Stasiuk on Beckett

→ Octavian Saiu in conversation with Jarosław Fret→ Robson Corrêa de Camargo

Dworek Sierakowskich, Sopot
14.00 – 20.00 Workshop Company – Robson Corrêa de Camargo Teatr Gdynia Główna
19.30  T Theatre Krapp’s Last Tape, Teatr ZAR (Alessandro Curti, Jarosław Fret) (in Italian with English subtitles) Scena Kameralna

Teatru Wybrzeże, Sopot

21.00 World premiere …but the clouds…, directed by S. E. Gontarski, filmed and edited by Magdalena Gubała, Szymon Uliasz and Piotr Michalski.

A meeting with the artists

Teatr BOTO, Sopot
21.30  T Concert Released Sounds – Mateusz and Maciej Rychły Teatr BOTO, Sopot




Thursday, 17 May 2018
9.00 – 16.00 Seminar BECKETT’S FACES. The University of Gdańsk Samuel Beckett Seminar in cooperation with The Federal University of Goiás (Brazil). Patron: The Ambassador of Ireland in Poland.

→ S.E. Gontarski

→ Olga Kubińska

→ Joanna Lisiewicz and Bartosz Lutostański in conversation

Dworek Sierakowskich, Sopot
9.00 – 14.00 Workshop Company – Robson Corrêa de Camargo Teatr Gdynia Główna
12.00 – 17.00 Workshop Mapping Beckett – Nicholas Johnson and Jonathan Heron Teatr na Plaży, Sopot
19.00  T Theatre Dziady. Noc druga (Forefathers’ Eve: The Second Night), directed by Piotr Tomaszuk – Teatr Wierszalin (with English subtitles) Teatr Wybrzeże

Scena Kameralna, Sopot

21.30  T Concert BOTO Improvisations: Leszek Kułakowski Teatr BOTO, Sopot


Friday, 18 May 2018
10.00 – 12.00 Conference Reading Maps in Literature and Theatre Dziady (Forefahers’ Eve) by Adam Mickiewicz. A meeting with Piotr Tomaszuk (Wierszalin Theatre director) in cooperation with the Polish Society for the Study of European Romanticism (in Polish) Dworek Sierakowskich, Sopot
14.00 – 20.30 Workshop Company – Robson Corrêa de Camargo Teatr Gdynia Główna
13.00 – 17.00 Conference

Reading Maps in Literature and Theatre

Reading Maps in Literature and Theatre – open sessions in English Budynek Neofilologii UG, Kampus Gdańsk-Oliwa, room 370
17.30 Conversation BOTO BETWEEN:

Michael Edwards, Poetry Reading

Teatr BOTO, Sopot
19.00  T Theatre DzikiStyl Company – Refugees. Testigo documentary, directed by Patryk Gacki Teatr na Plaży, Sopot
20.30 Theatre The Máskara Company and Teatr Gdynia Główna – Samuel Beckett’s Company

(workshop presentation)

Teatr Gdynia Główna
21.30  T Concert Wojtczak / Gruszczyńska / Pater / Piotrowicz Teatr BOTO, Sopot
Saturday, 19 May 2018
10.00 – 13.00 Conference

Reading Maps in Literature and Theatre

Reading Maps – seminar (in English)

→ Paweł Potoroczyn

→ Przemysław Czapliński

→ S.E. Gontarski

→ Nicholas Johnson and Jonathan Heron

→ Wolfgang Görtschacher

Dworek Sierakowskich, Sopot
17.00 Conversation Jurij Lotman’s Books – Bogusław Żyłko in conversation with Artur Blaim and  Tomasz Wiśniewski (in Polish) University of Gdańsk, ul. Wita Stwosza 55
Following Conversation Towards a Christian Poetics – Michael Edwards, Monika Szuba, Maria Fengler and  Jean Ward. Chair: Małgorzata Czermińska (in Polish)
18.00  T Theatre Teatr Wybrzeże: The Map and the Territory, directed by Ewelina Marciniak (in Polish) Teatr Wybrzeże,

Duża Scena,

Gdańsk Główny

20.00 Concert Fingerstyle – Piotr Krępeć Młody Byron, Sopot
21.00  T Concert Maciej Sadowski Kwadrat Teatr BOTO, Sopot


Sunday, 20 May 2018
15.00 Seminar –Radio theatre Teatr Polskiego Radia:  Andrzej Stasiuk’s Noc. Słowiańsko-germańska tragifarsa medyczna (Night  Slavic-Teutonic Medical Tragi-Farse), directed by Julia Wernio (in Polish) Młody Byron, Sopot
18.00  T Theatre Cricoteka: Włodzimierz Szturc – Tod i Trauma (Tod and Trauma) directed by Tomasz Kaczorowski (in Polish) Teatr BOTO, Sopot
19.00 Film Exhibition closing – Wojciech Zieliński

Film about the Zieliński brothers

Teatr BOTO, Sopot



The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the festival program

Organisers: Fundacja Between.Pomiędzy, Uniwersytet Gdański

In cooperation with: Teatrem Wybrzeże, Teatrem BOTO

Partners: Irish Embassy in Poland, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brasil, Wydawnictwo Czarne, Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego we Wrocławiu, Cricoteka – Ośrodek Dokumentacji Twórczości Tadeusza Kantora, „Kultura” Paryska, Wydawnictwo Ossolineum, Muzeum Sportu i Turystyki w Karpaczu, Teatr na Plaży, Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Sopotu, Młody Byron, Teatr Gdynia Główna, Studium Wokalno-Aktorskie im. Danuty Baduszkowej w Gdyni, Polskie Towarzystwo Studiów nad Europejskim Romantyzmem, Wydawnictwo UG, Fundacja Terytoria Książki, Wydawnictwo słowo/obraz terytoria, Teatr Polskiego Radia, Koło Naukowe Teatrologów Brikolaż, Księgarnia Książka dla Ciebie, Firmin Księgarnia w Teatrze

Media partners: The Theatre Times, Tró, „Tekstualia”, „Konteksty. Polska Sztuka Ludowa”, „Topos”

05 Nov

BECKETT’S FACES – Call for Papers

Beckett-poet, Beckett-novelist, Beckett-short story writer, Beckett-filmmaker, Beckett-playwright, Beckett-director: Samuel Beckett’s oeuvre comprises an impressive array of works of various forms, conventions and  genres. Throughout his career he even experimented with writing for radio and television. Clearly, he was not exactly Janus-faced but always exploring, incessantly experimenting, inexhaustibly creative. Likewise, his readers were obliged to match Beckett’s artistic heterogeneity with interpretive skills of equal variety and potency: Beckett-modernist, Beckett-postmodernist, Beckett-postcolonialist, Beckett-satirist, Beckett-feminist, and so on, and so forth.

Read More

27 Dec


 BOTO BETWEEN is a series of meetings, organized by Monika Szuba, David Malcolm, and Tomasz Wiśniewski. Held regularly in the BOTO Theater in Sopot, their aim is to present the work of writers and scholars connected with the Between.Pomiędzy Festival. The meetings will give a chance for discussions of original work and translations (poetry, fiction, drama) as well as scholarly publications. Discussions and conversations will be aimed at a broad range of participants: university students, high-school students, and anyone interested in literature and theater. They will be held in a friendly atmosphere in English and Polish. The meetings are under the auspices of the English and American Studies Institute of the University of Gdańsk and are coordinated by the Between.Pomiędzy Foundation.

 Forthcoming meetings:

 Metaphysics in Poetry (Tuesday, 17 January 2017, at 19.00)Over the last few years, Jean Ward’s work has centered on metaphysical poetry. The books she has edited with Małgorzata Grzegorzewska, Maria Fengler, and Mark S. Burrows present a range of contemporary readings of religious poetry, both from a Polish and from an international perspective. We will look at three volumes:

o Poetic Revelations: Word Made Flesh Made Word: The Power of the Word III, ed. Mark S. Burrows, Jean Ward, and Małgorzata Grzegorzewska (Routledge 2017)

o Między słowem a rzeczy-wistością. Poezja Eliota wobec cielesności i Wcielenia, ed. Jean Ward and Maria Fengler (University of Gdańsk Press, 2015).

o Striking the Chords of Spirit and Flesh in Polish Poetry: A Serendipity, ed. Jean Ward, Maria Fengler, and Małgorzata Grzegorzewska (University of Gdańsk Press, 2016

London Theater, Sopot Scot (Tuesday, 24 January 2017, at 19.00) In our second meeting, we invite you to talk about the latest book by Tomasz Wiśniewski on the work of the London theater company Complicite, a group known among other things for its fascinating interpretation of the work of Bruno Schulz. There will also be a chance to hear the Polish translations of David Malcolm’s short stories and to meet the author and the translator.

o Complicite, Theatre and Aesthetics: From Scraps of Leather by Tomasz Wiśniewski (Palgrave Macmillan 2016). Moderator: Joanna Lisiewicz and Ola Wachacz.

o Blaga (The Blague), stories by David Malcolm in a Polish translation by Miłosz Wojtyna (Maski, 2017). Moderator: Miłosz Wojtyna

Many voices, many tongues (Tuesday, 31 January 2017, at 19.00) 

Our third meeting brings together the editors of the Warsaw journal Tekstualia and the authors of the recent number on Bilingualism (3/2016), devoted to multi-lingual authors, such as Joseph Conrad, Stefan Themerson, Billy Wilder, and Samuel Beckett.

04 May

Films: Tom Skipp and Ross Lipman

On 17 May at 9 p.m. at Teatr BOTO Tom Skipp’s films about Samuel Beckett and Tadeusz Kantor will be screened.

Details of the screened films:



Also, we feel honoured to collaborate with Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival. On Friday 20 May we invite you to ‘NotFilm’ about the ‘Film’ by Beckett, followed by a debate with the director Ross Lipman and prof. Stanley Gontarski. The discussion will be moderated by dr Tomasz Wiśniewski. The event will take place at Gdyńskie Centrum Filmowe in Gdynia at 5 p.m.

04 Dec

Call for Papers – BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY 2016

An International Literary and Theatrical Festival/Conference
Sopot, Gdańsk, Gdynia
Festival 16-22 May 2016/Conference 19-21 May 2016

The theme of this year’s festival and the title of this year’s conference is EXPERIMENT
Conference – EXPERIMENT
Experiment and issues connected with it have long been part of the literary landscape. “The majority of the following poems are to be considered as experiments,” wrote Wordsworth in 1798. “But my writing is simply a set of experiments in life,” wrote George Eliot in 1876. “I would think that while I am a traditional writer – I have no interest in experiment for experiment’s sake – I actually think that the real experiment is a constant experiment, and that’s the experiment of the voice, of the way of seeing,” said John McGahern in 1979. In the introduction to his influential anthology The New Poetry (1962), A. Alvarez uses the term freely of the poetry of “Eliot and the rest.” Francis Booth uses it, of course, in his recent study Among Those Left: The British Experimental Novel, 1940-1980 (2012).
The nature and existence of experiment in prose, verse, and drama are the stuff of literary history, analysis, and interpretation. Who or what is conservative, even an epigone; who or what is avant garde and pushing the envelope? But there are questions to be asked. Does the notion make sense? When does an adoption of tradition mark radical experimentation? How rapidly does experiment become automatized and downright dull? What of the experimental literature of past centuries?

We invite papers that consider experiment. We are particularly interested in papers that examine the term in a theoretical and literary/theatrical-historical context, in papers that deal with the work of particular experimental writers, groups of writers or theatre-makers, in papers that find experiment where few might expect it. When does innovative subject matter make for experiment? Or is it just (just!) technique?
While we wish to concentrate on English-language writing (verse, drama, fiction, and non-fiction), theatre, and film, we are open to proposals that look at experiment in the context of painting and other visual arts, and in relation to languages other than English.

Our conference on EXPERIMENT, which will take place from 19 to 21 May 2016, will be part of the BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY international festival of literature and theatre held in Sopot, Gdańsk, and Gdynia from 16 to 22 May 2016. This is the seventh annual festival/ conference organized by BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY. For information on previous festivals/ conferences, see


Please send 250-word abstracts for papers by 1 March 2016 to
The conference/festival fee is 100 euros (accommodation not included).
For further information, please contact us at
Professor David Malcolm
Dr Monika Szuba
Dr Tomasz Wiśniewski

03 Mar

Conference 2014

This year’s conference will have two focuses:

1.  forms of beginning and opening: technique, device, narrative structure, language that drive literature in new directions;

2.    the literature of the last thirty years – especially prose and poetry.

We invite proposals for papers that address the two focuses above – on the literature of Scotland of the past thirty years, and on new poetic and narrative forms, new ways of expression that are beginnings and openings.

The conference will be held on 14–16 May 2014 in Sopot and Gdańsk.

Please send 250-word abstracts for papers by 1 March 2014 to

The conference/festival fee is 100 euro (accommodation not included).

For further information, please contact us at

Professor  David Malcolm

Dr Monika Szuba

Dr Tomasz Wiśniewski