North Wales International Poetry Festival Brings international poets to the region Monday 1st - Sunday 7th October 2012

Festival brings international Poets to the region.  The Events are listed singly on our Events listing site. Here's a link to the Festival website:- 

www.northwalesinternationalpoetryfestival.org www.gwylfarddoniaethryngwladolgogleddcymru.org

October will see leading international poets venturing to north Wales, bringing a range of languages from Greek to Galician into dialogue with Welsh and English. An unusual programme, organised by Dr Zoe Skoulding of Bangor University in collaboration with Translators’ House Wales, reaches beyond Bangor to encompass Machynlleth, Aberystwyth and Mold. It will take poetry on an exciting journey, with events taking place not only in bookshops, libraries, museums and theatres,but also on Bangor Pier and in high street shops.

Readings will be held in the poets’ mother tongues, with Welsh and English translations to help some of us along the way. Welsh poets in both languages will also take part,  bringing a local dimension to this international gathering. Translators into Welsh include Dr Angharad Price and Dr Aled Llion Jones, who have made translations directly from German and Polish especially for this event, and will be co-presenting readings in Bangor.

The impressive line-up of visiting writers includes: Eduard Escoffet (Catalonia); Estíbaliz Espinosa (Galicia); Julia Fiedorczuk (Poland); Katerina Iliopoulou (Greece); Cia Rinne; (Sweden/Finland/Germany); Morten Søndergaard (Denmark); Jeroen Theunissen (Belgium); Anja Utler (Germany) and Yu Jian (China).

Amongst the Welsh poets taking part are Tony Conran, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, Ian Gregson, Twm Morys, and the Wales Book of the Year 2012 award poetry nominees Ifor ap Glyn, Karen Owen and Gerwyn Williams.

Dr Skoulding, who is a poet herself and editor of Poetry Wales, said: “Poetry is often about bringing the sounds and meanings of words together in unexpected ways. Listening to other languages in this bilingual context is a way of exploring the richness of our own culture as well as opening it up to new ideas. I’m delighted to be welcoming outstanding international poets not only to Bangor University, where all events will be open to the public, but also to the wider community that the university serves.”

The North Wales International Poetry Festival is a collaboration between Poetry Wales and Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre/Translators’ House Wales. It is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Bangor University, Literature Across Frontiers, Wales Literature Exchange, Literature Wales, Aberystwyth University, the British Council and various organisations abroad listed on the festival website: www.northwalesinternationalpoetryfestival.org

For further details contact: admin@northwalesinternationalpoetryfestival.org

Publication date: 27 September 2012