The European Poetry Festival celebrates, in the UK and beyond, the grand resurgence in avant-garde and literary poetry that has marked the 21st century in Europe. It aims to not only innovative what a live poetry experience might be, but to inculcate community and engagement between poets across the continent, as well as between new audiences and complex poetries.
The first European Poetry Festival, in April 2018, presented ten events in three British cities, in under two weeks, to over 500 hundred people. Since that time, the fest has produced, or will produce, standalone events in cities around Europe.
The second festival will reflect the great success of the project and grow significantly bigger, taking place in the days after the UK is supposed to leave its own continent. From April 4th to April 15th 2019, near to 100 poets will read across the UK and Ireland.
Supported by Arts Council England, National Centre for Writing, London Bookfair, Kingston University, Austrian Cultural Forum, Pro Helvetia, Goethe Institut, Institut Francais and over 30 international agencies and organisations, the festival is a burgeoning tradition of poetry based in the UK.
April Thursday 4th – Norwegian poetry at Writers’ Centre Kingston
Rose Theatre. New publications launched for the opening event of the fest.
April Saturday 6th : The European Camarade : Rich Mix, London
32 poets in 16 pairs from 25 nations. New performance collaborations.
April Sunday 7th : Back into the Mouth: celebrating Sound & Performance
Iklektic Artlab, London. Expect avant-garde / sound / conceptual poetry.
April Monday 8th : Swiss poetry in collaboration : Poetry Society’s Cafe, London. 6 contemporary Swiss poets collaborate with Britain-based counterparts.
April Wednesday 10th : Austrian poetry in collaboration : Austrian Cultural Forum, London. 3 contemporary Austrian poets collaborate with British counterparts.
April Thursday 11th : Latvian poetry in collaboration : Burley Fisher Books, London. 4 contemporary Latvian poets collaborate with Britain-based counterparts.
April Saturday 13th : Manchester’s European Camarade : The International Anthony Burgess Centre European poets collaborate with Mancunian poets.
April Monday 15th : European Camarade at Riverbank Arts Centre : Newbridge, Co Kildare, Dublin. Ireland Solo readings to close the festival.
With programme and lineup still subject to revision, those poets confirmed as participating can be found www.