British & Lithuanian poets collaborate : April Monday 9th
The Poetry Cafe : Entrance Free : Doors at 7pm
A special focus event of the European Poetry Festival, some of the finest literary poets from Lithuania, nation of focus at the London Bookfair 2018, and their British contemporaries present brand new collaborations made for the night. Featuring:
Marius Burokas & George Szirtes
Aušra Kaziliūnaitė & Colin Herd
Giedrė Kazlauskaite & John Clegg
The evening will be opened with short solo readings by other visiting European poets including Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir (Iceland) Erik Lindner (Holland) Muanis Sinanovic (Slovenia), Martin Solotruk (Slovakia), Theodoros Chiotis (Greece).
The event will also feature new collaborations by poets from the Poetry School programme - European Poetry Now
Sarah Dawson and Selina Rodrigues
Fiona Moore and Caroline Davies
Eleni Cay and Robert Peake
The 21st century Lithuanian poetry scene has been marked by an unusually prolific and original array of poets. Often lyrical and engaged in a new formalism, connecting to those who oversaw the transition to independence, the new Lithuanian poet is also idiosyncratic, witty, often linguistically. experimental, well travelled, technologically savvy. While spiritually connected to the revolutionary underground spirit of creativity that underpinned some of the greatest poetry Europe produced while Lithuania was under Soviet occupation, there is a marked move to a new kind of poetic voice, that speaks the same tone as the rest of its continent and is not necessarily framed by politics or history, but by vision, originality and humour.
This is a Lithuanian Cultural Institute event, supported by The Poetry Society.
Photos of Lithuanian poets by Monika Požerskytė
Curated by SJ Fowler.