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Centrifugal: Contemporary Poetry from Dublin and Guadalajara

I'm thrilled to announce publication of Centrifugal: Contemporary Poetry from Dublin and Guadalajara , a bilingual anthology of reciprocal translations / re-interpretations / versions of the work of 7 pairs of poets from the two cities. Co-edited by Ángel Ortuño and myself, the book is published by Mexico's EBL-Cielo Abierto publishing house in conjunction with Conaculta, Mexico's National Council for Culture and the Arts. 7 poets from Dublin and 7 from Guadalajara exchange selections of their work in pairs and render the work of their partner poet in the opposite language. The emphasis is on re-interpretation rather than traditional translation: the poems become new in the hands of the partner poet while bearing the poetic core of the original. Centrifugal investigates the multiple possibilities of meaning released through the transfer of texts between languages. The poets' responses range from rewrites to deliberate mistranslations to dialogues with the originals

Winter Warmer festival 2014

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Ó Bhéal’s 2nd Winter Warmer festival  takes place this coming Friday and Saturday 21-22 November in Cork City, and I'm very happy to be taking part in it. More than twenty poets - also including Eleanor Hooker, Astrid Alben, Máighréad Medbh, TemperMental MissElayneous, Sarah Clancy, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhúigh, Alan Jude Moore and Paula Meehan - will be reading/performing in the amphitheatre at Sample Studios, some of whom will be accompanied by musicians. There will also be poetry-focused comedy games, poetry-theatre, a selection of poetry-films from around the world, and a closed-mic for ten local poets. I'm scheduled to read on Saturday, in a session that starts at 3.30pm and also features Ciarán MacArtain (with Michael O’Callaghan) and Simon Ó Faoláin. All events are free admission.

launch of gorse no. 2

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On Wednesday 19 November I'll be reading at  the launch of issue 2 of gorse . "Please join us in celebrating the launch of gorse no. 2 , in the The Library Project Temple Bar, on Wednesday 19 November with readings from the issue by Claire-Louise Bennett, Dylan Brennan, Rob Doyle, Hugh Fulham-McQuillan, Christodoulos Makris & Colm O'Shea, and an exhibition of the artwork of cover designer Niall McCormack." I'm particularly looking forward to this: there will be a special & very exciting announcement.

Camaradefest II, zimZalla & Poets Live: the videos

For the second year running, last month's Camaradefest brought together 100 poets to present brand new, specially commissioned collaborations in 50 pairs. Once again the range of approaches was extraordinarily wide, reflecting the richness of contemporary innovative poetic practice coming out of London and elsewhere. I was able to witness the last 3 sessions in their entirety, that's 30 poetic collaborations, none of which was less than engaging. The final session in particular was incredible - but I was particularly impressed & delighted by the efforts of Jow Lindsay & Anne Laure Coxam , Lila Matsumoto & Samantha Walton , Sam Riviere & Crispin Best , and Holly Pester & Emma Bennett . Links to videos of all Camaradefest II performances are available here . Below is footage of my collaboration with Nathan Jones. Not knowing each other before beginning to write, we decided to give each other access to our subconscious by writing down our dreams every mornin

Poets Live in Paris

Poets Live is Paris' foremost anglophone poetry reading series. Established by Dylan Harris in 2010 and currently curated by Pansy Maurer-Alvarez , it takes place monthly and offers "an eclectic range of English-language poetry, all styles and tastes, instream and outstream, from the anglophonie, from outside the anglophonie..." Previous featured poets include Jerome Rothenberg, Trevor Joyce, Zoë Skoulding, Harry Mathews, Alice Notley and Carol Watts among others. I'm very happy to be featuring in the November 2014 edition  along with Freke Räihä, as well as Paris-based Carole Birkan and Will Cox. The date is Tuesday 4 November and the venue is Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris (Métros: Tuileries or Concorde). The organisers advise: "drinks at the bar from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30." Admission is free.