Friday April 13th
The International Anthony Burgess Foundation : Free entry : 7pm doors
Engine House, Chorlton Mill. 3 Cambridge Street. Manchester M1 5BY
Bringing together some of the finest modern poets of the thriving Manchester scene in collaborative pairs with writers visiting from Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, France, Germany and Italy, this special Camarade event will present dynamic new duets of live literature made especially for the night:
Rike Scheffler & Livia Franchini
Jon Stale Ritland & Harry Man
Iris Colomb & Serena Braida
Endre Ruset & Christodoulos Makris
SJ Fowler & Tom Jenks
Inga Pizane & Scott Thurston
Rimas Uzgiris & Robert Sheppard
Marius Burokas & James Byrne
Sarah Clare Conlon & David Gaffney
Plus The European Union of Imaginary Authors with readings from Robert Sheppard & Sandeep Parmar, James Byrne, Joanne Ashcroft, Patricia Farrell, SJ Fowler, Scott Thurston.
Full details here.
European Poetry Festival : Austria – Thursday April 12th
Austrian Cultural Forum – Entrance Free : 7pm
Entrance Free : 7pm – 28 Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1PQ.
A special focus event of the European Poetry Festival, some of the finest avant-garde and literary poets from Austria, and their British contemporaries, present brand new collaborations made for the night. Featuring:
- Robert Prosser & SJ Fowler
- Max Hofler & Iris Colomb
- Daniela Chana & Phoebe Power
The evening will be opened with solo readings by other visiting European poets including Ana Seferovic(Serbia) Ailbhe Darcy(Ireland) Giovanna Coppola (Italy), and Anastasia Mina & Helen Michael(Cyprus / UK) and Tatiana Faia(Portugal)
Monday April 9th, The Poetry Cafe, The Poetry Society 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX. Entrance Free : Doors at 7pm
A special focus event of the European Poetry Festival, some of the finest literary poets from Lithuania, nation of focus at the London Bookfair 2018, and their British contemporaries present brand new collaborations made for the night. Featuring:
Marius Burokas & George Szirtes
Aušra Kaziliūnaitė & Colin Herd
Giedrė Kazlauskaite & John Clegg
The evening will be opened with short solo readings by other visiting European poets including Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir (Iceland) Erik Lindner (Holland) Muanis Sinanovic (Slovenia), Martin Solotruk (Slovakia), Theodoros Chiotis (Greece).
The event will also feature new collaborations by poets from the Poetry School programme – European Poetry Now
Sarah Dawson and Selina Rodrigues
Fiona Moore and Caroline Davies
Eleni Cay and Robert Peake
The 21st century Lithuanian poetry scene has been marked by an unusually prolific and original array of poets. Often lyrical and engaged in a new formalism, connecting to those who oversaw the transition to independence, the new Lithuanian poet is also idiosyncratic, witty, often linguistically. experimental, well travelled, technologically savvy. While spiritually connected to the revolutionary underground spirit of creativity that underpinned some of the greatest poetry Europe produced while Lithuania was under Soviet occupation, there is a marked move to a new kind of poetic voice, that speaks the same tone as the rest of its continent and is not necessarily framed by politics or history, but by vision, originality and humour.
This is a Lithuanian Cultural Institute event, supported by The Poetry Society.
Photos of Lithuanian poets by Monika Požerskytė
Curated by SJ Fowler. Full details here.
Saturday April 7th 7.30pm at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA. Free entrance.
32 poets in 16 pairs presenting brand new collaborations of literary performance, made especially for the night. The grand event of European Poetry Festival, formerly European Poetry Night. Featuring:
Livia Franchini & Rike Scheffler
Christodoulos Makris & Frederic Forte
Kinga Toth & Simon Pomery
Erik Lindner & Harry Man
Max Hofler & SJ Fowler
Robert Prosser & Alessandro Burbank
Theodoros Chiotis & Sergej Timofejev
Tomas Pridal & Iris Colomb
Astra Papachristodoulou & Muanis Sinanovic
Damir Sodan & Martin Solotruk
Giedrė Kazlauskaitė & Simona Nastac
Aušra Kaziliūnaitė & Serena Braida
Jen Calleja & Daniel Falb
Hannah van Binsbergen & Nina Bajsic
Marius Burokas & Tatiana Faia
Daniela Chana & Ana Seferovic
Full details here.
Vicky Sparrow will perform alongside Camilla Nelson, Amy De’Ath & Pascal O’Loughlin on 18th April, 7pm at the Other Room. Free entry as ever. It’s our tenth birthday! Here’s part of one of Vicky’s poems and also one of the four posters for the night below that, which shows our readers over the years:
from Big C little c
Test the cold waters of Common Sense
you old pro
your fingertips touch the image
lilac blue stones beneath the skin
and the reeling fishes
who would dance in the shallows were it not for
the looming bulk above
compassionate reflection of your losses
losses for all in this blue
seeping cold in your core
a staircase for the fish
your sea coloured flag
Hix Eros: Poetry Review is published jointly by Sad Press and Hi Zero.
The latest issue is #8, published in March 2018, covering work by Sean Bonney, Lisa Robertson, Linda Kemp, Lila Matsumoto, Jennifer Pike Cobbing, Mike Saunders, Holly Pester et al., Sarah Hayden, Nicky Melville, Sophie Mayer, Calum Gardner, Juha Virtanen, Jèssica Pujol, Millie Guille, Sophie Seita, Caitlín Doherty, Corina Copp, Eleanor Perry, Daisy Lafarge, Vala Thorrods, JH Prynne, Colin Herd, and Peter Manson.
May 18th 2018, Cardiff. A gathering of early career researchers, postgraduate students, artists, poets and performers. Confirmed performers include Other Room reader Steven Hitchins. More details here.Steven Hitchins