Thursday 11th October at 6pm
"Nothing usual. About Wisława Szymborska"

“Nothing usual. About Wisława Szymborska”

Wisława Szymborska is widely known as an exceptional poet and the laureate of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature, yet her personal history yields much more than just exquisite poetry.

Join us for a special meeting with Michał Rusinek, former secretary to Wisława Szymborska and president of the Wisława Szymborska Foundation, who will introduce the audience to her multifaceted mind, generous heart and charming sense of humor.


Michał Rusinek was born in Kraków in 1972 and still lives there with his family. He was personal secretary to poet Wisława Szymborska and currently manages her Foundation. The author works at the Department of Polish Language at the Jagellonian University in Kraków, where he teaches Literary Theory and Rhetoric.

On certain days, he becomes a translator from English; on others he writes books for children and adults, or creates poetry or song lyrics. To date, he has written and translated around 100 books. Rusinek is also a celebrated columnist, having written many articles on books and language.


Over the years Wisława Szymborska made many postcards using collage, which she sent to her friends on various occasions.

Like her poetry, Szymborska’s collages have powerful punch-lines and are characterized by a surrealistic sense of humour.

The vernissage – a selection of several dozen collages, out of more than one thousand made by the poet – is particularly interesting as a kind of endnote to her literary oeuvre: the postcards allow an insight into Szymborska’s creative imagination, and also offer a rare opportunity to show her from a different, lesser known angle.

The poet’s collages will be displayed together with our students’ works, which are themselves inspired by her artistic creativity.

Charity auction

The lecture will be preceded by a silent charity auction, organized by the Foundation of Wisława Szymborska.

Miłość szczęśliwa (“True Love”) collection of poems, signed by the author

Miłość szczęśliwa (“True Love”) is the first collection available in Poland of Wisława Szymborska’s love poems. This subtle, yet fundamentally crucial example of the poet’s work, is based on careful observation, often bitter or ironic reflection, but also a belief in the power of emotion.  Miłość szczęśliwa explores various aspects of love: wrote Joanna Szczęsna about this collection in 2007.

This book is not currently available for sale, as it is out of print.

This copy bears the author’s signature.

Reserve price: 4 000 PLN


LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen

To mark the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Wisława Szymborska receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, the LAMY company has designed the Dialog 3 fountain pen, as part of the Radość Pisania series.  It has been produced in a limited edition – 96 pens in the black version and 96 in the white – commemorating the year in which the Nobel Prize was awarded to Wisława Szymborska.

The Dialog 3 is an extraordinarily elegant capless fountain pen with a retracting clip and nib, the latter being crafted from platinum and 14-carat gold.  The LAMY Dialog 3 has received many awards: Red Dot, Good Design, and the IF Product Design award.

The body of the pen bears Wisława Szymborska’s engraved autograph.

The presentation set consists of an elegant presentation box, a LAMY Dialog 3 fountain pen, ink converter, cartridge, and a bi-lingual booklet dedicated to Wisława Szymborska and the Nobel Prize.

It will be possible to bid for two fountain pens at the auction – one white and one black.

Reserve price: 2 500 PLN




LAMY Safari Fountain Pen

To mark the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Wisława Szymborska receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, the LAMY company has designed the Safari fountain pen, as part of the Radość Pisania (“The Joy of Writing”) series – elegant, simple and comfortable.  This product is crafted from high quality ABS plastic.  It is fitted with a flexible spring clip and a chrome-plated steel nib and comes with a replaceable cartridge with LAMY T10 blue ink.  The product is presented in an elegant box.

The cap features Wisława Szymborska’s engraved autograph

It will be possible to bid for two LAMY Safari fountain pens at the auction – one white and one black.

Reserve price: 500 PLN




In 2016, in cooperation with the Wisława Szymborska Foundation, MOLESKINE issued its first limited edition notebook, commemorating this icon of Polish literature, one of the foremost poets of the 20th century and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature – Wisława Szymborska.

The notebook is offered in Large size.  The back cover contains a brief biography of the Nobel laureate in Polish and English and on the inside cover is a scan of the manuscript of Wisława Szymborska’s poem, Radość Pisania.

Reserve price: 200 PLN



Thursday 11th October

Akademeia High School
Ledóchowskiej 2

6:00pm – 6:30pm Silent auction & Vernissage

6:30pm – 7:30pm “Nothing usual. About Wisława Szymborska” – lecture by Michał Rusinek

7:30pm – 8:00pm Silent auction (continuation) & Vernissage / Refreshments

Please note that the agenda is subject to change.



The event is open for Akademeia High School students, their families and friends. The registration is not required.

If you don’t attend our school but you’d like to join us, please send an e-mail to Marta Szewczyk

Open lecture Vernissage Auction Agenda Registration
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