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Agnieszka Osiecka

Agnieszka was a restless soul, always open to new people, new places, new experiences. Having completed a degree in journalism, she went on to study at the Łódź Film School. Established as a stellar lyricist, she turned to writing for the stage – and while Let the Apple Trees Bloom kept running, she wrote Appetite for Cherries. With theatre success under her belt, she took up writing scripts for television. After television came the short stories, monodramas and novels. She kept moving on, pressing forward – with new songs, new composers, new performers, theatres, festivals, people and places. All these things made up Agnieszka’s world. Songs with lyrics by Agnieszka Osiecka have been performed by famous Polish singers: Maryla Rodowicz, Seweryn Krajewski, Magda Umer, the Skaldowie group, Łucja Prus, Katarzyna Nosowska, Stanisław Soyka, Iga Cembrzyńska, Edmund Fetting, Piotr Fronczewski, Elżbieta Czyżewska…

She wrote poetry to the music of major Polish composers, such as Adam Sławiński, Krzysztof Komeda, Katarzyna Gaertner, Włodzimierz Korcz, Włodzimierz Nahorny, Zygmunt Konieczny.

Agnieszka had a keen eye for people and their habits, as reflected in her poetry and prose, but also in her memoir books: Ugly People in Their Forties (1985), Conversations while Dancing (1992), In the Beginning There Was the Negative (1995).

She never clung to anything or anyone. When a relationship had died, she struck a new one; having drifted away from one group of friends, she anchored her boat elsewhere. She was particularly curious of people, many of whom she portrayed in the Gallery of Monsters – from the most celebrated artists and luminaries of London, Paris and New York to a country girl from Masuria. She was straightforward in talking to everybody, she could find something interesting in everyone, she was good at listening and an avid storyteller, thanks to which people always felt good in her company.

Daniel Passent, Agata Passent