The first ever European Poetry Festival will present ten events in three British cities, in under two weeks, from April 5th to April 14th 2018. Over 50 poets from 23 countries will take part, many visiting, many residents of the UK.
It will be a pioneering showcase of live literature, including collaboration and performance, and aims at no less than to begin a tradition - an annual festival in the UK, that shares the best of 21st century European and British poetry across the country. It will seize upon a resurgent and vital interest in European culture and tap into a renaissance currently taking place across the continent in avant-garde and literary poetry. The festival is about innovation as well as community, in that the more hospitable the happening, the more challenging the work on display is free to be.
With support from over a dozen European and UK institutes, from Arts Council England to Kingston University, and crossing over the London Bookfair, European Poetry Festival will evidence the potential of modern European poetry to be remarkable when witnessed live.
The festival is curated by SJ Fowler www.stevenjfowler.com
with assistance in 2018 from Samantha Emily Evans, Molly Bergin, Katerina Koulouri, Yvonne Litschel & Madeleine Rose Elliott.
European Poetry Festival emerges from over seven years of European focused collaborative and innovative live poetry events through The Enemies Project and the curatorial work of SJ Fowler. International exchanges between poets in the UK and poets from Romania, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Croatia as well as commissioned events from Southbank Centre, Ledbury Festival, Essex Book Festival, Milosz Festival and many others, led to cross-European collaborative events beginning in 2015.
Find out more and watch all the works made for these nights below:
- European Poetry Night : London : 2017 at Rich Mix
- European Poetry Night : Norwich at Writers' Centre Norwich
- European Poetry Night : London : 2016 at Rich Mix
- European Poetry Night : Edinburgh 2016 at Summerhall
- The European Camarade : London : 2015 at Freeword Centre