Czech Scottish Poetry Connections in Scotland

3 November 2022 — 4 November 2022

The visit of three Czech poets Jitka Bret Srbová, Ondřej Lipár and Olga Stehlíková will take place on 3rd – 4th November as part of the project Czech Scottish Poetry Connections, devised and produced by Literature Across Frontiers. The poets will join their Scottish counterparts Rob A Mackenzie, Niall O’Gallagher and Alycia Pirmohamed, following a series of online encounters during which they explored each other’s work through translation. Their programme will take them to Glasgow and Edinburgh. In Glasgow, they will appear at Glasgow University’s newly opened Advanced Research Centre (ARC) and read together with local poets in the regular Mirrorball Showcase readings, before travelling to Edinburgh where they will feature in the programme of the Push the Boat Out Festival. The Scottish poets will travel to Prague on 14 – 18 November to pay their Czech colleagues a reciprocal visit and make an appearance in the Václav Havel Library on 15th November and at Charles University on 16th November.

Glasgow 3rd November 2022

13:00 – 14:00 Lunchtime discussion about poetry translation Presented by Colin Herd

Advanced Research Centre (ARC), University of Glasgow, Studio 2, 11 Chapel Lane, Glasgow G11 6EW

Admission: Free   Register here:

19:00 – 21:00 Mirrorball Showcase, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) Clubroom, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD

Participants: Alycia Pirmohamed, Rob A Mackenzie, Niall O’Gallagher, Jitka Bret Srbová, Ondřej Lipár, Olga Stehlíková, Hamish Whyte, James McGonigal, Ann Mackinnon, Finola Scott and Juana Adcock.

Join the event on Zoom:

Tickets: £5 / £7 on the door / Free for Mirrorball members

Ages: 18+ Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible


Edinburgh 4th November 2022

Push the Boat Out Festival

16:30 – 17:50 Truth Prevails: Poetry Across Frontiers

A debate about the role of poetry today chaired by Esa Aldegheri

Demonstration Room, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

Admission: £7.50 / £5

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Photo credits: Jitka Bret Srbová © Dirk Skiba, Rob A. Mackenzie © Ryan McGoverne, Olga Stehlíková © Jiří Mls.

The visit to Scotland is organised in partnership with the above and in cooperation with the Czech Literary Centre and the Czech Consulate General in Manchester, and supported by the Czech Literary Centre. The Scottish poets’ visit to Prague is supported by Creative Scotland. The overall project is supported by the Edwin Morgan Trust.