The three women poets from different parts of Europe, whose poetry exists ‘between languages’ as each maintains a strong connection to the language of her childhood while at the same time crossing the bridges of translation to reach a wider readership, will appear at the Ledbury Poetry Festival.
The event will be live streamed. For more information about the event and the festival programme click here.
Beatriz Chivite Ezkieta (1991) is a Basque poet living in London after several years spent in various cities in Asia. She has published five books of poetry in Basque, including Metro (2014), published in English as The Blue Line (Francis Boutle, 2020). Her latest, Zeozer Gaizki Doa (Something Goes Wrong), appeared in 2022. She is the recipient of numerous prizes in both the Basque Country and the UK, and her poetry has been translated into eight languages.
Grug Muse is a poet based in the Dyfi Valley. She works primarily in Welsh, and her most recent collection, merch y llyn (daughter of the lake), won the 2022 Wales Book of the Year Award poetry category. She is part of Cyhoeddiadau’r Stamp publishing collective, and co-edits Ffosfforws poetry magazine. She is also an essayist, and co-edited the essay collection Welsh (Plural): Essays on the Future of Wales (Repeater Books, 2021)
Lidija Dimkovska is a Macedonian poet, novelist, essayist, and translator living in Ljubljana, Slovenia. One of the best known women writers from South East Europe, her work has been praised by the late Dubravka Ugrešić, as well as by poets Helen Mort and Fiona Sampson. She has published twelve titles to date, including seven books of poetry and three novels, and is the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the 2016 European Union Prize for Literature for her novel published in English as A Spare Life (Two Lines Press, 2016). Her latest publication in English translation are her selected poems What Is It Like? (Wrecking Ball Press, 2022). Her books have been translated in fifteen languages.
Organised by Literature Across Frontiers and with support from Arts Council of Wales, Etxepare Basque Institute and Slovenian Ministry of Culture.