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In 2013, Krakow became the seventh UNESCO City of Literature.

Krakow is a dynamic centre for all things literary in Poland, hosting the country’s most important and exciting literary festivals: the Milosz Festival and the Conrad Festival. Joseph Conrad Korzeniowski came from Krakow, and it is also the burial place of the Romantic national poets Adam Mickiewicz and Juliusz Slowacki.

Krakow probably has the highest density of poets in the world. Several hundred poets live and work in the city and poetry soirées and salons – including Poetry Night, initiated in 2011 – are hugely popular. Krakow was the capital of literary Polish modernism, galvanising the Futurists and the poetic avant-garde.

Living in Krakow since 1952, Marek Porąbka works as designer in the steel industry. He began writing poetry in 1998.

In 2008 he released his debut collection of poems, In the Mirror, followed by his second collection, Rust, released in 2010. Since then, he has published four more collections, The Roundabout (2011), The Psalter Profana (2012) My Adriatic (2013) and Elephants and Umbrellas (2015).

48 of his poems have been projected in Krakow. As there is a vibrant Polish community living in Leith these days, his poem will be displayed in both English and his native languange.




It must have come with spring
Whatever you may think
I started to want again
though I thought
I wanted all in vain

– Marek Porąbka,

In a nod to the blossoming Polish community that has made Leith their home, this poem was shown in both English and Polish.