We are proud to announce a brand new festival, the Nordic Poetry Festival, coming this October 2019. Featuring two dozen of the Nordic regions most innovative and dynamic literary and avant-garde poets, the NPF will evidence the unique and powerful contribution Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, The Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Sami peoples are making to 21st century poetry. With five events exploring collaboration and performance over one week, the festival will see events at Rich Mix and Burley Fisher Books in London, alongside visits to the National Centre for Writing in Norwich and York’s Jorvik Viking Centre.

  • October Friday 11th : The opening of the festival exhibition of visual poetry at Burley Fisher Books, London, with solo readings and performances to kick off our program.

  • October Saturday 12th : The Nordic Camarade - 26 poets in 13 pairs! Poets from across the Nordic region present brand new collaborations of literary performance, made especially for the night, with British contemporaries.

  • October Monday 14th - The Norwich Nordic Camarade : supported by the National Centre for Writing, the NPF travels to the Dragon Hall, where local poets will present new collaborations with visiting writers from the Nordic region.

  • October Tuesday 15th - The festival travels north for an event (to be confirmed) at the Jorvik Viking Centre in York.

  • October Thursday 17th - The festival closes in Kingston-upon-Thames, in partnership with Writers’ Centre Kingston and Kingston University. Solo readings from Nordic poets visiting and living in the UK.

With poets, also to be confirmed, including: Morten Søndergaard, Tiina Lehikoinen, Iman Mohammed, Ko Ko Thett, Inger-Mari Aikio, Signe Gjessing, Ville Hytönen, Tommi Musturi, Sissal Kampmann, Endre Ruset, Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset, Silje Ree, Morten Langeland and many more.

A month prior to our debut festival in the UK, the NPF will visit Norway, for a mini-fest on the West Coast. With a readings and performances in Ålesund on September 17th and then a collaborative Camarade in Bergen the night following. Poets visiting from across Europe will bring the Nordic Poetry Festival beyond the UK’s borders.


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