People - LAF Event Participants

Juana Adcock

Juana Adcock (1982) is a Mexican-born Scotland-based poet and translator who works in both English and Spanish. In her first book Manca, named by the... more

Eduards Aivars

Eduards Aivars (real name Aivars Eipurs) is a poet, short prose writer, essayist and a long-time literary mentor and consultant of young and aspiring... more

Rati Amaghlobeli

Rati Amaghlobeli was born in 1977 in Tbilisi. He graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University from the faculty of philosophy. Since... more

Bruno Vieira Amaral

Bruno Vieira Amaral (1978) is a writer, translator, literary critic and Assistant Editor at LER magazine. His debut novel As Primeiras Coisas (The... more

Clare Azzopardi

Born in Malta in 1977, Clare Azzopardi is an award-winning writer who writes for both children and adults. Her body of work includes poems, plays,... more

Krystelle Bamford

Most recently, Krystelle Bamford’s poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, with work forthcoming in The Kenyon Review. In 2010, she was... more

Subhro Bandopadhyay

Subhro Bandopadhyay (1978, Calcutta, West Bengal, India) started publishing early. His first chap book dahankhata theke appeared in the 2000. Since... more

Binayak Bandyopadhyay

Binayak Bandyopadhyay (1976) is a Bengali poet. His collections of poetry include Nehat Gorib Nehat Chhoto, Daracchi Dorjar Baire, Jototuku Mene Nite... more

Nilanjan Banerjee

Nilanjan Banerjee (b.1974) was educated at Visva-Bharati of India and Reitaku University of Japan. He is a poet, painter, curator and exhibition... more

Maaz Bin Bilal

Maaz Bin Bilal (b. 1986) is a writer, translator, and academic, based in the national capital region of Delhi, India. A commitment to... more

Hassan Blasim

Hassan Blasim is a poet, filmmaker and short story writer. Born in Baghdad in 1973, he studied at the city’s Academy of Cinematic Arts, where... more

Andrej Blatnik

Andrej Blatnik (b. 1963) holds a PhD in communication studies. After working as a fiction editor for the Cankarjeva publishing house, he now teaches... more

Roman Simić Bodrožić

Roman Simić Bodrožić was born in 1972 in Zadar, Croatia. He holds a degree in Spanish Language and Literature and Comparative Literature from the... more

Petr Borkovec

Petr Borkovec published a new collection of poems in 2013 entitled Milostné básně [Love Poems] in Czech. He has translated the work of Joseph... more

Tsead Bruinja

Tsead Bruinja (b. 1974) is a poet living in Amsterdam. He made his debut in 2000 with the Frisian language collection entitled De wizers yn it read... more

Rumena Bužarovska

Rumena Bužarovska is the author of three short story collections – Čkrtki (Scribbles, Ili-ili, 2007), Osmica (Wisdom Tooth, Blesok, 2010) and... more

Hilari de Cara

Hilari de Cara is one of the foremost writers in Catalan. He is not only a multi-award winning poet, he is also a novelist, essayist, editor and a... more

Yolanda Castaño

Yolanda Castaño (Santiago de Compostela, Spain 1977) has been publishing poetry for over twenty years.  Her six collections have been awarded a... more

Nguyen Bao Chan

Nguyen Bao Chan trained as a cinema scenarist at the Hanoi Cinema and Theatre University. She currently works for Vietnam Television as an Arts and... more

Irakli Charkviani

Irakli Charkviani (1961 – 2006), sometimes known under his pseudonym Mefe (‘The King’), was a Georgian poet, prose writer, and musician.... more

Tiziana Colusso

Tiziana Colusso is both a writer and a literary activist. For the past six years, she has served on the board of the European Writers Council. She is... more

Siân Melangell Dafydd

Siân Melangell Dafydd is an author, poet and translator. Her first published novel, Y Trydydd Peth (The Third Thing; Gomer, 2009) won her the coveted... more

Fflur Dafydd

Fflur Dafydd is a bilingual (Welsh/English) screenwriter, singer and novelist. To date (2016), she is the author of five novels and one collection of... more

Ming Di

Ming Di is a poet, translator and editor, born in China, currently living in USA. She is author of six collections of poetry in Chinese. Some of her... more

Efe Duyan

Poet and architect Efe Duyan studied architecture and philosophy and currently teaches architecture in İstanbul at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts... more

Erika Fatland

Born in Norway in 1983, Erika Fatland is a social anthropologist who made her  debut as an author in 2009 with the children’s book Foreldrekrigen... more

Heike Fiedler

Heike Fiedler (1963) is a Swiss author, multilingual poet, and sound and visual artist living in Geneva. She performs her poetry with laptop, paper... more

Albert Forns

Born in Granollers in 1982, Albert Forns is a journalist and award-winning Catalan writer. He regularly writes on theatre, literature and visual arts... more

Maureen Freely

Maureen Freely is a writer, translator, senior lecturer at Warwick University and a member of English PEN. Her latest novel, Enlightenment, is an... more

Ilke Froyen

Ilke Froyen is general director of Passa Porta, the international house of literature in Brussels, and festival director of the Passa Porta Festival... more

Maria Grech Ganado

Maria Grech Ganado, (b. 1943), poet, translator, critic, studied English at the Universities of Malta, Cambridge and Heidelberg. She was the first... more

Patrizia Gattaceca

Patrizia Gattaceca (1957, Corsica) is a versatile artist: a poet, musician, singer and songwriter and an actor from the Riacquistu cultural revival.... more

John Glenday

John Glenday’s first collection, The Apple Ghost won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and his second, Undark, was a Poetry Book Society... more

Ifor Ap Glyn

Ifor Ap Glyn was born and bred in London to Welsh parents. He works as a TV producer, after a period as a scriptwriter for theatre and TV, and has... more

Anja Golob

  Anja Golob (1976) has so far published four books of poetry, three in Slovene, one in German translation: V roki (Litera, Maribor, 2010), Vesa... more

Dan Gorman

Dan Gorman is the Executive Director of Shubbak Festival, London’s only citywide festival of contemporary Arab culture. He is also the co-founder... more

Kathryn Gray

Kathryn Gray was born in Wales in 1973. Her first collection, The Never-Never, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the... more

Michelle Green

Michelle Green has taken her award winning spoken word work all over the UK, performing solo as well as in collaboration with musicians and visual... more

David Greenslade

David Greenslade teaches at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK.  A prize winning essayist he writes in Welsh and English and has many books... more

Kate Griffin

Kate Griffin is Associate Programme Director at Writers’ Centre Norwich, contributing to the development of WCN’s international activities.... more

Emmanuel Gros

A member of Transcript editorial team since late 2012, Emmanuel Gros studied French and foreign literature in Lyons before moving to England, where he... more

Anna Gulczynska

Anna Gulczynska was born in Poland in 1977. She studied German and has spent a lot of time in Germany. She now lives in Frankfurt and writes poetry in... more

Richard Gwyn

Richard Gwyn is a poet, novelist and translator. He grew up in Breconshire, Wales, and studied at the LSE and in countless bars, roadhouse cafés,... more

Jen Hadfield

Jen Hadfield lives in Shetland, an island community a couple hundred miles off the coast of Scotland and has published two collections of poetry with... more

Katie Haines

Based at the British Council in London, Katie Haines is Marketing and Communications Lead of Creative Europe Desk UK. She promotes awareness and... more

Golan Haji

Golan Hajiis a Syrian-Kurdish poet and translator with a postgraduate degree in pathology. He was born in 1977 in Amouda, a Kurdish town in the... more

Susan Harris

Susan Harris is the editorial director of Words without Borders (www.wordswithoutborders.org) and the coeditor, with Ilya Kaminsky, of The Ecco... more

Anahit Hayrapetyan

Anahit Hayrapetyan is a writer and photographer. She has been taking photos since 2005. After participating in World Press Photo Seminars in 2006,... more

Jim Hinks

Jim Hinks is an editor at Comma Press, a Manchester-based publisher specialising in short fiction.

Ted Hodgkinson

Ted Hodgkinson is Senior Programmer for Literature and Spoken Word at Southbank Centre. Former online editor of Granta, he has written for a variety... more

James Hopkin

James Hopkin has lived in Krakow, Berlin, Manchester and several other cities and countrysides in Europe. He gained a First Class honours degree in... more

Kristina Hočevar

Kristina Hočevar (1977) studied Slovenian Language and Literature and General Linguistics at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana and currently works as... more

Peggy Hughes

Peggy Hughes is the director of Literary Dundee, a University of Dundee-led initiative which connects books, readers, writers and the brightest ideas... more

Shota Iatashvili

Shota Iatashvili is a poet, fiction writer, translator and art critic. From 1993-97 he worked as an editor at the Republic Centre of Literary Critics... more

Ghareeb Iskander

Ghareeb Iskander (born in Baghdad 1966) is an Iraqi poet currently living in Baghdad and teaching Arabic Language at Imam Musa al Kadhim College. He... more

Erica Jarnes

Erica Jarnes runs the Writers in Translation programme at English PEN. She previously worked as an editor at Bloomsbury Publishing, a literary events... more

Margrét Lóa Jónsdóttir

Margrét Lóa Jónsdóttir was born in Reykjavík in 1967. She studied Icelandic and philosophy at the University of Iceland, and philosophy at the... more

Doris Kareva

Doris Kareva (1958) graduated from Tartu University in 1983 in Roman-Germanic philology before going on to work in the cultural weekly Sirp from... more

Sabreen Khadhim

Sabreen Khadhim (Born in Baghdad, 1989) works as a Television reporter at Al-Hurra TV and has published poems widely in Iraqi magazines and newspapers... more

Khaled Khalifa

Khaled Khalifa was born in 1964, in a village close to Aleppo, Syria. He is the fifth child of a family of thirteen siblings. He studied law at... more

Vishnu Khare

Vishnu Khare is a poet, translator, literary and film critic, journalist and scriptwriter. Each of these he has pursued at the highest level. His work... more

Anna Kim

Anna Kim was born in 1977 in Daejeon, South Korea, moving to Germany in 1979, when her father took up an academic post in fine arts. Since then, she... more

Aurélia Lassaque

Aurélia Lassaque (b. 1983) is an Occitan and French poet. She is keenly interested in the relationship between poetry and music and has collaborated... more

William Letford

William Letford has received a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust, An Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary, and has an MLitt in Creative... more

Caryl Lewis

Caryl Lewis is an award-winning writer who has published ten Welsh-language novels for adults, three novels for young adults and thirteen... more

Eva Luka

Eva Luka is one of the most powerful and original voices in contemporary Slovak poetry. She has published three books of poetry so far and has won a... more

Martín López-Vega

Martín López-Vega (Poo de Llanes, Asturias, 1975) writes both in Spanish and Asturian. In Asturian, he has published four books of poems, gathered... more

Mazen Maarouf

Mazen Maarouf is a Palestinian-Icelandic writer, translator and journalist. Born in 1978 to a Palestinian refugee family he lived, studied and worked... more

Nikola Madzirov

Nikola Madzirov is one of the most powerful voices of the new European poetry. He was born into a family of Balkan Wars refugees in 1973 in Strumica,... more

Franca Mancinelli

Franca Mancinelli has published two books of poetry, Mala kruna (Manni, 2007) and Pasta madre (Nino Aragno, 2013). A preview of her second book of... more

Miguel Manso

Miguel Manso was born in Santarém in 1979 and lives in Lisbon. He has published eight books of poetry since his debut Contra a manha burra ... more

Canan Marasligil

Canan Marasligil is a freelance writer, literary translator, editor and curator based in Amsterdam. She works internationally in English, French,... more

Robyn Marsack

Robyn Marsack has been Director of the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh since 2000, and has facilitated many poetry translation workshops in... more

Txema Martínez

Txema Martínez was born in Lleida, in western Catalonia, in 1972. He holds a Masters in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of... more

Narlan Matos

Narlan Matos (Brazil/USA) was born in Itaquara, Bahia in 1975. At the age of 21, he published his first poetry book Ladies and Gentleman: the Dawn!,... more

Maurizio Mattiuzza

Maurizio Mattiuzza was born near Zurich and returned to his father’s homeland, Friuli (a region in the Northeast of Italy next to the Slovenian... more

Anna Mattsson

Anna Mattsson (born in 1966) is a Swedish poet, novelist and translator. Since her debut in 1988, she has published 10 books of her own and several... more

Bejan Matur

Bejan Matur was born in eastern Turkey in 1968 and raised in Kurdish and Turkish. She published her first volume of poems, Mansions full of breezes in... more

Immanuel Mifsud

Immanuel Mifsud was born in Malta in 1967. He started writing poetry and prose when he was 16, and also began working with experimental theatre... more

Zahir Mousa

Zahir Mousa is an Iraqi poet living in Baghdad, where he works as an Arabic Language teacher. His work has appeared in several newspapers and... more

Brane Mozetič

Brane Mozetič is a poet, writer, translator, editor, publisher, activist, promoter of Slovenian literature abroad and many other things. Up to date,... more

Gaga Nakhutsvrishvili

Gaga Nakhutsvrishvili was born in 1971. He is a poet, fiction writer and translator. In 1993 he graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State... more

Samira Negrouche

Samira Negrouche (1980)  is a Francophone Algerian-Amazigh poet and translator living in Algiers. She trained as medical doctor but has dedicated... more

MacGillivray (Kirsten Norrie)

MacGillivray is the Highland name of poet and musician Kirsten Norrie. Recently nominated for the New Scottish Performer of the Year Award, and... more

Awezan Nouri

Awezan Nouri (born in Sulaimanyah in 1981) is a Kurdish Iraqi Poet, writer and activist. She has worked as an editor and journalist for many Kurdish... more

Alicia García Núñez

Alicia García Núñez is a journalist and poet. As a poet, she has performed in Barcelona, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Alicante, Murcia,... more

Artis Ostups

Artis Ostups (1988) is a Latvian poet, translator and essayist. He is currently editor-in-chief of the online magazine Punctum, as well as an author... more

Tibor Hrs Pandur

Tibor Hrs Pandur, was born in 1985 in Maribor, Slovenia, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Arts in... more

Kallia Papadak

Kallia Papadaki was born in Didymoteicho in 1978 and grew up in Thessaloniki. She studied Economics at Bard College and Brandeis University in the... more

Avner Pariat

Avner Pariat, born 1986, is a Khasi-Jaintia writer from Shillong. He has contributed articles to a number of publications including Economic and... more

Koen Peeters

Koen Peeters (b. 1959) is the author of an increasingly impressive oeuvre, to which he has added seven novels since his debut in 1988 with... more

Ana Pepelnik

Ana Pepelnik is a poet and translator. Her first poetry collection, Ena od varijant kako ravnati s skrivnostjo (One Way to Treat a Secret; Prišleki,... more

Inga Pizāne

Inga Pizāne (born 1986 in Krāslava) is a Latvian poet. Pizāne studied pedagogy in Latvia and Sweden, simultaneously attending lectures at the... more

Denisa Mirena Pişcu

Denisa Mirena Pişcu is a Romanian poet living in Bucharest. She was born in 1980 at Rădăuţi, Suceava county and graduated from the Faculty of... more

Marko Pogačar

Marko Pogačar was born in 1984. in Split, Yugoslavia. Poet, essayist, prose writer, literary critic. He is an editor of Quorum, a literary magazine,... more

Tom Pow

Tom Pow is one of Scotland’s foremost poets, winner of a number of awards. He has also written young adult novels, picture books, radio plays... more

Venkateswar Ramaswamy

V. Ramaswamy (1960) is a non-fiction writer and translator based in Kolkata, India. As an activist working for the rights of the labouring poor,... more

Francesca Rhydderch

Francesca Rhydderch’s short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies, most recently in My Heart on My Sleeve, and broadcast on... more

Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey is a writer born in Trinidad and based in London. She owns two passports and likes to travel back home to Trinidad as often as... more

Ania Rolewska

Ania Rolewska was born in Poland in 1987, but since 2007 she has been living in Aberystwyth, Wales. She graduated from Aberystwyth University with a... more

Gabriel Rosenstock

Gabriel Rosenstock lives in Dublin and writes in Irish Gaelic. He is a poet, essayist, haikuist and translator. He is committed to the periphery and... more

Sioned Puw Rowlands

Sioned Puw Rowlands is the Director of Wales Literature Exchange and was responsible for establishing Translators’  House Wales with Sally... more

Charlotte Runcie

Charlotte Runcie was born in Edinburgh, has a degree in English from Cambridge University, and has written for newspapers and magazines... more

Jonathan Ruppin

Jonathan Ruppin is the founder of the English PEN Translated Literature Book Club. He is currently Literary Director at digital publisher Orson &... more

Mamta Sagar

Mamta Sagar is a Kannada poet, playwright and translator living in Bengaluru. She has four collections of poems and plays. Kaada Navilina Hejje... more

Lela Samniashvili

Lela Samniashvili was born in 1977. In 1994-1997, she studied at Tbilisi I. Chavchavadze University of Language and Culture, specialising in the... more

Maya Sarishvili

Maya Sarishvili was born in 1968 in Tbilisi. She is a poet and a primary school teacher. Her poetry collections include Covering Evident (2001),... more

Karl Schembri

Karl Schembri (born in 1978) is a Maltese writer and journalist. A sociology graduate from the University of Malta, he has written two novels, Taħt... more

Peter Semolič

Peter Semolič  was born in Ljubljana in 1967 and studied general linguistics and cultural studies at the University of Ljubljana. He is the author... more

Francesc Serés

Francesc Serés was born in Saidí, Baix Cinca, Catalonia in 1972. He taught History of Ancient and Mediaeval Art at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.... more

Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers was born in Fiji in 1974. Brought up in London and Abergavenny, south Wales, he read English at New College, Oxford before gaining an M.A.... more

Fahredin Shehu

Fahredin Shehu was born in Rahovec in Kosovo, in 1972. He graduated from Prishtina University with a degree in Oriental Studies and then an M.A. in... more

Magnús Sigurðsson

Magnús Sigurðsson (b. 1984) was born in a small fishing village in Iceland. His books include two collections of poetry and a translation of Ezra... more

Sjón

Born in Reykjavik in 1962, Sjón is a celebrated Icelandic novelist. He won the Nordic Council’s Literary Prize for his novel The Blue Fox (the... more

Zoë Skoulding

Zoë Skoulding’s most recent collections of poems are Remains of a Future City (Seren, 2008), long-listed for Wales Book of the Year... more

Zoë Skoulding

Zoë Skoulding has published four full-length collections of poetry, including The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren, 2013) which was shortlisted... more

Adham Smart

Adham Smart  graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with BA in Linguistics and Georgian as well as taking... more

Kathrine Sowerby

Kathrine Sowerby is a writer living in Glasgow, Scotland. Her background is in fine art/textiles and she has an MFA from Glasgow School of Art. Her... more

Amy Spangler

Amy Spangler is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, with B.A. degrees in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology and German Language and Literature.... more

Hamid Sulaiman

Graphic novelist, painter and illustrator Hamid Sulaiman was born in Damascus in 1986. He graduated in architecture and art from the University of... more

Matilda Södergran

Matilda Södergran (b. 1987) was born in Korsnäs, Finland, but has lived in Malmö, Sweden, for several years. In 2006, she won the first prize in... more

Müge Gürsoy Sökmen

Müge Gürsoy Sökmen is an editor, translator and co-founder of Metis Publications (founded 1982). She has commissioned and prepared for publication... more

Alina Talybova

Alina Talybova is one of the most active participants in literary life in Azerbaijan. She is active within the writers’ union, active as a... more

Katrin Thomaneck

Katrin Thomaneck (born in 1977 in Germany) studied classical music before becoming interested in translation studies. She holds an MA in literary... more

Sergej Timofejev

Sergej Timofejev is a member of Orbita, a creative collective of Russian poets and artists from Latvia, as well as a Riga-based journalist,... more

Arvis Viguls

Arvis Viguls (1987) is a Latvian poet, literary critic and translator from English, Spanish, Russian and Serbo-Croatian. His first poetry collection... more

Merja Virolainen

Merja Virolainen has published five collections of poems, Hellyyttäsi taitat gardenian (Because of Your Tenderness You Break a Gardenia, 1990),... more

Sophie Wardell

Sophie Wardell graduated in English Literature from Exeter University and started work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before moving to the Arts and... more

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer (JL) Williams is a poet and programme manager at the Scottish Poetry Library. In both her curating and writing practises, she is interested... more

Ryan Van Winkle

Ryan van Winkle is a poet, live artist, podcaster and critic living in Edinburgh. His second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s... more

Nermin Yıldırım

Nermin Yıldırım was born in Bursa in 1980 and became interested in literature at a young age. Yıldırım wrote her first poems and stories during... more

Meike Ziervogel

Meike Ziervogel is a novelist and publisher. In 2008 she founded Peirene Press – a London based, award-winning independent publishing house... more

Henriks Eliass Zēgners

Henriks Eliass Zēgners (1995) is a poet, born in Jelgava, Latvia. His first collection of poems the elements (elementi) was published in 2013, and... more

Gökçenur Ç

Gökçenur Ç’s first collection, Handbook of Every Book, came out in 2006 and Rest of the Words in 2010, both from Yitik Ülke (Lost Land)... more

Andan Özer

Andan Özer’s books of poetry are Ateşli Kaval (The Burning Pipe), 1981, Çıngırağın Ölümü (The Death of the Rattle), 1983, Zaman... more

Gonca Özmen

Gonca Özmen graduated from the English Language and Literature Department of Istanbul University in 2004, holds an M.A. and is now studying for a... more

Ararat Şekeryan

Ararat Şekeryan was born in İstanbul in 1987. He studied Russian Language and Literature in Istanbul University and at Pushkin Institute in Moscow.... more

Jana Šrámková

Jana Šrámková (born in 1982) is a Czech writer. She graduated from Evangelical Theological Seminary in... more

Inga Žolude

The Latvian prose writer Inga Žolude (b. 1984) received a master’s degree in English from the University of Latvia. She studied English... more