This autumn Literature Across Frontiers are bringing six European poets to the UK for events in England and Wales. Kārlis Vērdiņš (Latvia) and Jana Putrle Srdić (Slovenia), Nikola Petković, Marko Pogačar, Ivana Simić Bodrožić (Croatia) and Oscar Martín Centeno (Spain) will be appearing at the 2015 North Wales International Poetry Festival. Kārlis Vērdiņš and Jana Putrle Srdić will then feature at the London Literature Festival alongside Iain Sinclair and Livia Franchini.
London Literature Festival: Global City
8pm Friday 9th October, Southbank Centre, London
Discover new writing about London as seen from the perspective of the outsider who is inside. See London as a city of visitors – always moving, always both inside and out. This event features discussions and new works of poetry and fiction from writers from across Europe and beyond. The event features Iain Sinclair, Jana Putrle Srdić, Livia Franchini and Kārlis Vērdiņš, and is compered by Steven J Fowler. To find out more and book tickets visit the Southbank Centre website
North Wales International Poetry Festival 2015
7 – 10th October, 2015, Bangor & Aberystwyth
Gŵyl Farddoniaeth Ryngwladol Gogledd Cymru: the fourth North Wales International Poetry Festival brings together leading poets from Wales and around Europe in a rich multilingual mix of voices. More information about the festival events available here.
Kārlis Vērdiņš (Latvia) is a poet, translator of T.S Eliot, Walt Whitman, Joseph Brodsky and others, literary critic, researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art at the University of Latvia, and musician in the literary band Maukas (Sluts).
Jana Putrle Srdić (Slovenia) is a poet and translator of English-language poetry.
Nikola Petković (Croatia) is a poet, novelist and Professor at The Department of Cultural Studies, University of Rijeka.
Ivana Simić Bodrožić (Croatia) is a poet and prose writer and has published five books including the award-winning autobiographical novel Hotel Zagorje.
Marko Pogačar (Croatia) has published four poetry collections, three books of essays and a short story collection. He is the editor of Quorum, a literary magazine, and Zarez, a bi-weekly for cultural and social issues. His texts have been translated into some thirty languages.
Oscar Martín Centeno (Spain) is a poet and multimedia artist who combines poetry with the use of digital technologies. He also makes documentaries and digital presentations on art and culture.
The visits are part of the LITERARY EUROPE LIVE project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. They are organised by Literature Across Frontiers, the London Literature Festival and the North Wales International Poetry Festival and are supported by Arts Council Wales, Aberystwyth University, the Culture Capital of Latvia, Latvian Literature Centre, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Croatian Writers’ Society, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Liverpool University. NWIPF is held in co-operation with Poetry Wales, Wales PEN Cymru and Bangor University.