Tuesday, 19 March 2019

European Poetry Festival in Ireland

I'm excited to be co-producing and programming the closing event of the 2019 edition of the European Poetry Festival.



7.30pm, Monday 15 April
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare
Free Entry

Poets visiting from across Europe join Ireland-based poets with European connections for an event showcasing the energy and innovation of 21st European poetry. The event is curated and hosted by Christodoulos Makris, Maynooth University and Kildare County Council Library and Arts Service Writer-in-Residence 2018-19, in partnership with European Poetry Festival director, SJ Fowler.

Featuring new solo readings and performances from Serena Braida, Harry Clifton, Jessica Foley, SJ Fowler, Madara Gruntmane, Katharina Maria Kalinowski, Morten Langeland, Christodoulos Makris, Oana Sanziana Marian, Endre Ruset, Damir Šodan, and Sophie-Carolin Wagner.


Serena Braida is a writer and multidisciplinary performer specialising in voice work. She grew up near Rome and moved to London in 2011.

Harry Clifton has published ten books of poetry, most recently Herod's Dispensations (Bloodaxe, 2019). He served as Ireland Professor of Poetry between 2010 and 2013.

Jessica Foley's practice involves transdisciplinary collaborations exploring fiction, storytelling and technology through writing and multi-media. In 2018 she was awarded a two-year Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship with Maynooth University.

SJ Fowler is a writer and artist. He founded the European Poetry Festival in 2018.

Madara Gruntmane is a poet and pianist. Her first collection Narkozes (Narcoses, 2016received the Annual Latvian Literature’s Reader’s Choice Award.

Katharina Maria Kalinowski is a bilingual poet and EUmanities fellow at the Universities of Cologne, Kent, and Dublin. She pursues a PhD in Creative Writing, and has most recently been published in Magma and Epizootics.

Morten Langeland lives and works in Oslo. He has published four books of poetry, and is a literature critic for the newspaper Klassekampen. He won the prestigious prize Stig Sæterbakkens Minnepris in 2016.

Christodoulos Makris is Writer-in-Residence at Maynooth University and Kildare County Council Library and Arts Service.

Oana Sanziana Marian was born in Romania, has lived in the United States for 20 years, and is now based in Dublin. She is adjunct editor of The Yale Review.

Endre Ruset was born in Molde and lives in Oslo. He is a poet, radio host and literary critic. He has published six books of poetry, and was awarded the Bjørnson Scholarship (2005) and The Bookkeeper Scholarship (2015).

Damir Šodan is a poet, playwright, editor, translator and songwriter. He has published several volumes of poetry, most recently Café Apollinaire (2013) and The Enemy Within (forthcoming). He divides his time between The Hague, the Netherlands, and Split, Croatia.

Sophie-Carolin Wagner lives and works in Vienna. Recent publications include Poietry: Challenging Solitude and the Improbabilities of Communication (2017) and Programming is Law - Can I be a Feminist if I don't want to become a Programmer (2018).


Supported by Maynooth University, Kildare County Council Library and Arts Service, NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad), Latvian Literature, and Austrian Cultural Forum.


The European Poetry Festival is a predominantly UK-based festival that celebrates the resurgence in avant-garde and literary poetry which has marked the 21st century in Europe. It aims to not only expand what a live poetry experience might be, but also to inculcate community and engagement between poets across the continent, as well as between new audiences and complex poetries. The European Poetry Festival is supported by Arts Council England, Kingston University, Austrian Cultural Forum, Goethe Institut, Institut Francais and over 30 more international agencies and organisations.


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