North Wales International Poetry Festival 2015

7 October 2015 — 10 October 2015

Gŵyl Farddoniaeth Ryngwladol Gogledd Cymru 2015

The fourth North Wales International Poetry Festival brings together leading poets from Wales and around Europe in a rich multilingual mix of voices. The festival is the inaugural event in the new Literary Europe Live (LEuL) project co-ordinated by LAF.


Wednesday 7th October
Words & Words & Words
19.45, Arts Centre, Aberystwyth. £5
An evening of innovative poetry and spoken word curated by Mary Jacob and presented by Nia Davies. With  Kārlis Vērdiņš (Latvia) Jana Putrle Srdić (Slovenia), Nikola Petković (Croatia), Ivana Simić Bodrožić (Croatia) and Marko Pogačar (Croatia)  and Matthew Francis, Hywel Griffiths, Eurig Salisbury (Wales).

Thursday 8th October
Panel discussion: Border poetics: Writing across forms
15.00, Room 018, Main Arts, Bangor University. FREE
With Nikola Petković, Marko Pogačar, Ivana Simić Bodrožić, Jana Putrle Srdić, Kārlis Vērdiņš

Thursday 8th October
International Poetry live with Poetry Wales
18.30, Blue Sky Café, Bangor. FREE
Jana Putrle Srdić, Kārlis Vērdiņš, Rhys Trimble and Guto Dafydd. Introduced by Nia Davies, editor Poetry Wales.

Friday 9th October
Croatian Poetry in Translation
18.00, Cledwyn Terrace Room 3, Bangor University. FREE
With Nikola Petković, Marko Pogačar, Ivana Simić Bodrožić. Readings and discussion with Dr Zoë Skoulding, Bangor University.

Friday 9th October
Words and Beyond: Audiovisual Poetics
19.00, Cledwyn Terrace Room 3, Bangor University. FREE
Oscar Martin Centeno – introduced by Dr Diana Cullell, Liverpool University

Saturday 10th October
Whistlestop Words and Music
12.00, Whistlestop Café, Bangor Pier. FREE
Fiona Cameron: launch of Bendigo,
Spectralate: launch of The Students’ Companion / Cydymaith y Myfyrwyr
Air Poems: students of Bangor University
Free Chowder!

About the poets traveling to Wales:

  • 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 2015 North Wales International Poetry Festival is part of the LITERARY EUROPE LIVE project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. It is hosted by Bangor University and Aberystwyth University in co-operation with Literature Across Frontiers, Poetry Wales and Wales PEN Cymru with support from Arts Council Wales, the Croatian Writers Society and the Ministry of Culture of Croatia, Culture Capital of Latvia, Latvian Literature Centre, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Liverpool University, Whistlestop on the Pier and Blue Sky Cafe Bangor.

Bartłomiej Majzel performing at Portmeirion, NWIPF 2013

Bartłomiej Majzel performing at Portmeirion, NWIPF 2013