Poetry and Translation

North-West Poetry and Poetics Network, Wednesday April 20th 2016.


University of Salford, The Old Fire Station, 1.00 – 3.30 pm.

  • George Szirtes
  • James Byrne
  • Jean Boase-Beier


For queries, please contact: Professor Antony Rowland (a.rowland@mmu.ac.uk)

Storm and Golden Sky

Up the stairs (at the back of the barroom, above the pub name, above) at the Caledonia pub, Catharine Street, in the Georgian Quarter, Liverpool, £5, 7.30 pm spot-on start (but slightly later start than previously)!

FRIDAY January 29th: Leanne Bridgewater and James Byrne
James Byrne’s most recent poetry collections are White Coins and the newly published Everything Broken Up Dances. Blood/Sugar, was published by Arc Publications in 2009. Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets, published in June 2012, is co-edited with ko ko thett and is the first anthology of Burmese poetry ever to be published in the West (Arc 2012). Byrne is the editor of The Wolf, which he co-founded in 2002. He is the co-editor of Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century, an anthology of poets under 35, published by Bloodaxe in 2009. Byrne lives in Liverpool and is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. His poems have been translated into several languages including Arabic, Burmese and Chinese and he is the International Editor for Arc Publications.
Some James Byrne links:



Poetician and pattern artist, Leanne Bridgewater’s work stems from experimentation of word order and unconventional rhyme, to phonic chants and visual grafitti. Her drawings are said to belong to Pareidolia: seeing faces within patterns. Her performances and readings have included visual puns where a tomato is placed on a toe, musical instruments, collaborations with multiple language spreakers, traslators and musicians. She was awarded a Foyle Young poet at 17. At 23 she graduated from The University of Salford with an MA in Creative Writing: Innovation & Experiment (distinction). In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize.Her first debut collection, Confessions of a Cyclist, is out now and published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press. See here


The Wolf

An exclusive interview with Kelvin Corcoran. Niall McDevitt on David Gascoyne. Tom Jenks reviews Chris McCabe. John Kinsella on re-imagining place. Mexican Poetry feature. Patricia Farrell as Artist in Residence. Poems from Yang Lian, Michelle Cahill, Ellen Hinsey and much more. Out now.

The Speaking Trumpet

Edge Hill University writers at The Tate Liverpool. Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. A reading of surrealist and fantastical new writing, inspired by Leonora Carrington. Readers include Ailsa Cox, Claire Dean, James Byrne, Tom Jenks and Jenny Barrett. Free, but you can confirm a place here.

Liverpool Camarade

7.30pm, Wednesday 18th February
Upstairs at the Fly in the Loaf

13 Hardman Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 9AS

Free Entry
Pairings to include…

Tom Jenks & SJ Fowler (launching 1000 Proverbs)

Robert Sheppard & The European Union of Imaginary Authors

Scott Thurston & Steve Boyland

James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar

Patricia Farrell & Joanne Ashcroft

Steve Van Hagen & Michael Egan

Lindsey Holland & Andrew Oldham

Elio Lomas & Luke Thurogood

Hosts: SJ Fowler Fowler and James Byrne

The Wolf

An exclusive interview with Jerome Rothenberg by Ariel Resnikoff. Reviews of Geoffrey Hill, Carol Watts, D.S. Marriott and SJ Fowler. Robert Sheppard on The Meaning of Form in the Work of Christopher Middleton. The Wolf Artist in Residence: Lenka Ðorojevic introduced by Simona Žvanut. Poems from Chris McCabe, Manoel de Barros, John James, Jana Bodnárová, Alvin Pang and much more in issue 31, here.

Sandeep Parmar and James Byrne read at Edge Hill

Thursday 30th October: Sandeep Parmar and James Byrne read at The Rose Theatre, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, 7.30 pm £4.50

Sandeep Parmar was born in Nottingham in 1979 and was raised in Southern California. She received her PhD in English Literature from University College London in 2008 on the unpublished autobiographies of the modernist poet Mina Loy. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She is the Reviews Editor of The Wolf magazine and edited The Collected Poems of Hope Mirrlees for Carcanet Press (2011). Her critical book on Loy, Reading Mina Loy’s Autobiographies, appeared from Bloomsbury in 2013. She teaches twentieth-century literature and creative writing at the University of Liverpool. Sandeep Parmar’s The Marble Orchard is published by Shearsman.,

James Byrne founded The Wolf magazine in 2002, which he still edits, and co-edited Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Poets (Arc Publications, 2012). His second poetry collection in the UK, Blood/Sugar, was published by Arc in November 2009 and his poems have been translated into various languages including Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French and Serbian. Byrne was Poet in Residence at Clare Hall, Cambridge, in 2012 (the first since Joseph Brodsky).

Knives Forks and Spoons Pop up Reading

On Saturday 4th October from 1pm to 4pm featuring PATRICIA FARRELL, ROBERT SHEPPARD JAMES BYRNE and JOANNE ASHCROFT, all of whom have books published by KFS, at St Helens Library, Victoria Square, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1DY. If you are travelling by train, DO NOT GO TO St HELENS JUNCTION. Instead, travel to St Helens Central Station.


Radical poetry in Liverpool at News from Nowhere News From Nowhere Radical & Community Bookshop

Monday, March 31st, 7pm start

CHRIS McCABE – One of the UK’s most innovative poets and the author of THE HUTTON INQUIRY.

NIALL McDEVITT – Launching PORTERLOO: ‘A brilliant explosive book…the best politically weaponised poetry ever’. (Jeremy Reed).

SARAH CREWE – Liverpool poet, author of SEA WITCH and co-editor of CATECHISM: POEMS FOR PUSSY RIOT.

& JAMES BYRNE – Editor of THE WOLF Magazine, launching SOAPBOXES: a pamphlet of political satire.


News from Nowhere: Radical & Community Bookshop, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, 0151 708 7270

This is a FREE event but please RSVP via Facebook event page or by calling the number above. Spaces limited.

Hardy Tree readings, Enemies exhibition closing night

Readings from The Hardy Tree Gallery, St Pancras which took place on the closing night of the Enemies exhibition, 20th July 2013

Tamarin Norwood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtE2sBTai1A

Sandeep Parmar & James Byrne http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUhLczT7Wl4

James Davies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUyGoEE94UQ

Tom Jenks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ5Kmy4UMxk

Ensemble collaborative reading & Goodbye http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6yJ3m5x4rs