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    Contemporary Comics Journal Volume #6 by the Korean Manhwa Content Agency(Komacon) has been released! It’s been over a half-year since the COVID-19 hit our lives. Reflecting the current challenging time ?disastrous socio-economic and political crises and concerns caused by the pandemic,- this edition of the jornal highlights comics on the topic of diaster, which have become eerily relevant. How disaster has been depicted in Korean comics and their implications are dealt in the cover story featuring some of the works such as “Yahoo by Taeho Yun,” “Tidal Territory by Cho Seok,” “Sweet Home by Carnby Kim and Youngchan Hwang ? getting adapted by Netflix,” “Hive by Kyusam Kim,” and “Distant Sky by Inhwan Yun and Sunhee Kim.” From the impact of the experience of disaster on individuals itself to so many related issues like isolation and survival, horror and panic, dehumanitazation and the exposure of problems in the society are covered in these comics with powerful metaphors, character-driven narratives and emotionally charged storylines!

    Aug 10, 2020
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    Novelist and poet Ben Okri has been shortlisted for the Park Kyung-ni Prize 2020, the first Korean international literary award to open doors to foreign authors. It was established in honor of Park Kyung-ni, one of the great literary figures of Korea(1926-2008) and has been sponsored by Wonju Creative City of Literature since 2011. During the Norfolk and Norwich Literary Festival in 2018, Ben Okri delivered a powerful message on active citizenship. His remarks resonate with us today, feeling as relevant as it has ever been. Here's the link for you. It is from the National Centre for Writing webpage. https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/article/can-we-as-citizens-make-a-difference/ One important thing to mention! - The Norwich Creative City of Literature office is based in the NCW, which is a key player in the city’s cultural life.

    Aug 7, 2020
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    Our creative folks at the Utrecht City of Literature has launched this international Story Contest! All those thinkers, storytellers, and creators out there, check out this wonderful opportunity! #ILFU2020 #UtrechtCityofLiterature #Send UtrechtCityofLit a story on the theme of “ Rise” in every conceivable form! #We need stories https://www.facebook.com/1699492857047766/posts/2558746411122402/

    Aug 7, 2020
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    What's on your summer reading list? Summer is a good time to emerge in crime novels, mysteries and thrillers. Need some recommendation? The Law of Lines, by Korean author Hye-young Pyun and translated by Sora Kim-Russel, has been selected in the Best Books of 2020(So Far) by CrimeReads. https://crimereads.com/excerpt-the-law-of-lines/

    Aug 5, 2020
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    The red container building in a calm residential area stands out and creates a vibrant vibe. It is a newly built Sinheung Resident Support Centre. Inside the centre, there is a community-oriented small library that opened last May. Being located on the 4th and 5th floors, it made better use of not so much a roomy space, equipped also with a seminar room and an outdoor reading balcony for fresh air. The main collection is themed around environment, and special programs to raise awareness of current environmental issues among the residents will be offered. Sinheung small library is expected to serve as a public space for socialization, relaxation, and restoration.

    Jul 30, 2020
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    Folktales are humanity’s rich oral tradition, stimulate our imagination and can be a great source for film adaptation. The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival office in cooperation with Bucheon City of Literature has collected unique and spooky stories coming from different traditions and cultures, and called them scary tales. Scary Tales Archive project is to collect scary tales from around the world, build up an archive, and share with creators aiming at unearthing new content and talents - part of its motto “to amplify genre talent and introduce it to the world” Some of the collected stories will be produced in novels, webtoons, short films and VR. How exciting! We will keep collecting scary tales throught the year. Watch this video clip.

    Jul 15, 2020
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    We would like to share the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival(BIFAN)’s Director’s message with you. It contains a lot more than a celebratory message, leading us to think about our lives and creative industry that are under revolutionary change. Film festivals are in the situation to be transformed, keeping pace with the technological upheaval. This has been affected more abruptly by the COVID-19. This year’s edition of the festival has implemented offline and online multi platform. The BIFAN Office has recently summarized its 23 year legacy into one sentence. “To Amplify genre talent and introduce it to the world. ”, which demonstrates the festival’s mission to discover unrecognized talents who are alienated from the mainstream and amplify all the lonely, hidden talents! Part of this, the BIFAN in cooperation with the Bucheon Creative City of Literature Office has launched a storytelling project ?Scary Tale Archive. You can get to know about this project as well in the video!

    Jul 15, 2020
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    The Direct Borrowing Service offered by Bucheon City is a user-oriented loan system, which allows individuals to directly borrow new books from bookstores. This system has proved to be popular with the public, and also helped to revitalize local bookstores. Due to the popularity, the budget allocated for the service is often used up in the first half of the year. The service in this year also ended as of 30 June.

    Jul 11, 2020
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    Our lovely folks at Nanjing City of Literature in China have launched the call for application for the 2020 Nanjing International Writers Residency Program, which is due 31 July. Although It is not a best timing, the Nanjing has decided to offer its international literary exchanges as planned with a strong belief that literature and creative help us through this remarkably difficult time across the world. For more information about the Nanjing City of Literature, visit the following link! https://www.njliterature.org/en/index.html

    Jul 9, 2020
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    We would like to begin this week with something very creative and futuristic! One-page cartoon created in 1965 by a cartoonist, Jeongmoon Lee has been on the spotlight. It's amazing to see how his imagination and prediction about the future have been accurate and they are realized in many ways such as home solar system, electric cars, moving walkway, robotic vacuum cleaner, and remote learning. What a creative mind!

    Jul 6, 2020
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