Born in 1974 in Tbilisi Bacho Kvirtia is a writer, playwright and screenwriter. He graduated from Tamaz Chiladze’s Studio at the Rustaveli Film and Theatre University in 1996. His prose has been published in various Georgian periodicals. In 2011-2012 he participated in the Royal Court Theatre two-year project New Writing, organized by the British Council Tbilisi and the Tumanishvili Foundation. His prose collections include: Before the Train Comes In (2007), The Call of the Sleeping Cyclops (2011) and The Tasmanian Tiger (2013). Kvirtia is the recipient of many literary awards, including the Pen Marathon award; the Tsero (Heron) award (2007); the SABA prize for the Best Prose Debut (for the collection Before the Train Comes In, 2008); Guram Rcheulishvili Prize Alaverdi for the Best Short Story (2011). In 2011, he became a member of the Georgian PEN-Club. His debut novel Inga’s Corduroy Jacket (Intelekti Publishing) was published in 2017 His short story Patagonia has been included in Book of Tbilisi published by Comma Press UK and bringing together ten short stories written about and from the Georgian capital, showcasing the work of some of the country’s most loved writers. 


  • A Tasmanian Tiger, collection of stories, Saunje, 2013 
  • Inga’s Corduroy Jacket, Intelekti Publishing, 2017 



  • First Prize in a Literary Contest “Pen-Marathon” (2007) 
  • First Prize in a Literary Contest “Tsero” (Crane) (2007) 
  • Literary Award SABA in the nomination “The Best Debut of the Year” for the prosaic collection Before Train Comes (2008) 
  • Literary Award ALAVERDI in the nomination “The Best Novel” (2011) 
  • The winner in the nomination “The Favourite of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia” at the literary competition “Tsero” (Crane) (2013) 

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