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You can read the full book online here:
A Love Letter to Mostar
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A LOVE LETTER TO MOSTAR

A Love letter to Mostar is an anthology of poems and letters created by high school students from Mostar. In this book we the youth are taking a better look at ourselves and our communities. We are exploring the themes of inequality, inner struggles and of course Mostar and its good and bad sides. Mostar is a beautiful place and you don’t have to look far to find inspiration, its charm will simply envelope you.

A LOVE LETTER TO MOSTAR

A Love letter to Mostar is an anthology of poems and letters created by high school students from Mostar. In this book we the youth are taking a better look at ourselves and our communities. We are exploring the themes of inequality, inner struggles and of course Mostar and its good and bad sides. Mostar is a beautiful place and you don’t have to look far to find inspiration, its charm will simply envelope you.

 My Dear Mostar,

“My Dear Mostar, How are you? Are you still hurt? Sorry I didn’t write sooner but I really didn’t know what to say. Now I have the strength to ask you those questions. I want to hear your answers. I know your rivers, streets, trees and flowers will tell me what you are thinking right now. I just need to close my eyes and listen carefully…”

 My Dear Mostar,

“My Dear Mostar, How are you? Are you still hurt? Sorry I didn’t write sooner but I really didn’t know what to say. Now I have the strength to ask you those questions. I want to hear your answers. I know your rivers, streets, trees and flowers will tell me what you are thinking right now. I just need to close my eyes and listen carefully…”

“Sometimes it’s hard to say what you want out loud.”

Poetry is the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for the purpose of exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts. In this book, the powerful, dynamic and energetic nature of poetry shines through our words and our work.

The letters in this book were part of an exercise during a poetry workshop at the Mostar Summer Youth Programme. The participants were asked to think and write about Mostar, a hometown for most of the participants.

Our teacher, Asha, challenged us to open our eyes to the simple everyday things and try to find inspiration in what surrounds us. We were given a space where we can express ourselves, shout out our concerns, and say what we are proud of.

Every poem and letter carries its own unique message, but one thing we all agree on is that we learned something new about Mostar and about ourselves and we want to share that experience with you dear reader.

READ IT ONLINE

The book contains over 80 pages of photographs, artwork, poems and letters. It is available to read online for free. Please take a look and we hope you enjoy this unique view of Mostar and its people.

Read it online for free:

READ IT ONLINE

The book contains over 80 pages of photographs, artwork, poems and letters. It is available to read online for free. Please take a look and we hope you enjoy this unique view of Mostar and its people.

Read it online for free:

THE INSPIRATION

A Love Letter to Mostar was born out of the spoken word poetry and creative writing class at the Mostar Summer Youth Programme in 2016. The students tapped into their personal experiences, stories and perspectives to express themselves through a combination of poetry, letters, art and photography. The letters written in this book were guided by the question:

‘If you could write a letter to Mostar, what would you write?’

This book is essentially a love letter to a region that is unknown to many people outside of the Balkans. As one of the students said: “There are many sad stories about people in Mostar, and they should be told; but sometimes we forget how many beautiful people surround us. There are plenty of stories about friendship and love that overcome all the negative effects the war brought us. I think it is important to tell the story about the changes in Mostar that happened after the war, all changes – the good and the bad.”

STANDING TALL

“You won’t make anything happen if you don’t make a sound. So, go, get out there and tear everything up. Be loud, be crazy, be persistent, be hard headed Be amazing, don’t be a lump.

Be happy. Be you.

Achieve your goals. And never give up.”

STANDING TALL

“You won’t make anything happen if you don’t make a sound. So, go, get out there and tear everything up. Be loud, be crazy, be persistent, be hard headed Be amazing, don’t be a lump.

Be happy. Be you.

Achieve your goals. And never give up.”

GET A PRINTED COPY

Make a donation to the Mostar Summer Youth Program and receive a beautifully printed copy of A Love Letter to Mostar.
Click here to donate and receive your copy.

READ THE BOOK ONLINE

You can read the full book “A Love Letter to Mostar” online right now:
A Love Letter to Mostar
Ljubavno pismo mostaru

CONTACT

For all enquiries:
mostarsyp@gmail.com
mostarsyp.org

DEDICATION

This book is dedicated to MSYP students, volunteers, friends and donors who have helped make this project live forever in the memories of all the young authors.