The Wales International Poetry Festival returns for a fifth time in 2017, with a series of readings, performances, debates and poetry film screenings over four days in Aberystwyth, Bangor and Caernarfon. The festival will open in Aberystwyth on the 3rd of May before moving to Bangor and Caernarfon on the 5th and 6th of May.
Poets from Chile, France, Galicia, India, Mexico, Scotland, Slovenia and Wales will read and perform in the original languages with translations into English and Welsh. Screening of poetry films is a new feature of the festival. The featuring poets are Juana Adcock, Nicky Arscott, Fiona Cameron, Yolanda Castaño, Frédéric Forte, Anja Golob, Patrick McGuinness, Luna Montenegro and many others.
This year the festival will focus on poetry from Spanish-speaking countries, their literary relationship with Europe and the political role of poetry in Latin America and Spain with a debate on poetry as resistance.
Wales International Poetry Festival is part of the Literary Europe Live project supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. It is a collaboration between Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities, organised by Literature Across Frontiers in partnership with Poetry Wales, Wales Literature Exchange and Wales PEN Cymru, and with support from British Council Wales, Wales Arts International, the Galician Government, the Embassy of Mexico, Center for Slovenian Literature (CSK) and the Slovene Book Agency (JAK).
For a bilingual programme in Welsh and English click here.