British & Lithuanian poets collaborate : April Monday 9th 2018
at The Poetry Cafe
The Poetry Society
A packed house at The Poetry Society saw 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 presented brand new collaborations made for the night. Featured: Marius Burokas & George Szirtes / Aušra Kaziliūnaitė & SJ Fowler / Giedrė Kazlauskaite & John Clegg
The evening was opened with short solo readings by other visiting European poets including Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir (Iceland) Muanis Sinanovic (Slovenia), Martin Solotruk (Slovakia), Theodoros Chiotis (Greece) and the event also featured 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 /Elisa Day and Bob Bright
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 the event by Madeleine Rose Elliott.
Curated by SJ Fowler.