citybooks: unique city portraits through words and pictures by international authors and artists
citybooks are short stories about cities written by famous authors and up-and-coming literary talents. Perfect for on your e-reader, or for a lazy listening session on your mp3 player. Let the power of imagination carry you all over the world!
The Flemish Dutch House deBuren invites international authors and photographers to take part in a two week residency with one of the local partner organisations in various interesting cities.
The resulting citybooks (stories, essays, poems) are unique city portraits that can be read, listened to and downloaded for free on this website. In addition to the literary city portraits, a photographer produces a collection of 24 photos as a visual portrait.
Every citybook is available as a webtext, e-book and podcast (audio book, mp3) of thirty minutes in Dutch, English and French, and the local language of the city. For example: the citybooks about Lublin are also available in Polish, listen and read about Stellenbosch and Grahamstown in Afrikaans, about Graz in German and about Jakarta and Semarang in Bahasa Indonesia. The podcasts are read by the author in the original language, the translations are read by actors. Travel without moving!
The podcasts are also available via iTunes. Subscribe for free and automatically receive all the new citybooks audio stories!
The citybooks are the successor of the Radiobooks (audio books): short stories which have been specially written to be listened to and not to appear in print. The Radiobooks can be listened to and downloaded for free in Dutch, English, French and Spanish. There are even some Afrikaans spoken Radiobooks!
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citybooks is a project initiated by Flemish-Dutch House deBuren (the neighbours) in cooperation with international partners.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission from 2011 to 2013. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.