The final event of the festival will be held for the first time at Le Cercle des Voyageurs in collaboration with MondoCultures who aim to bring the world to Brussels.
We partnered up with them to complement their wide variety programme with a lyrical journey to the North. The library of Le Cercle des Voyageurs will be filled with contemporary poetry from Iceland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Wales.
Five renowned European poets will meet to discuss and read from their work:
- Haukur INGVARSSON from Iceland is equally an iconoclast and a traditionalist, a poet of nature and the city, a serious intellectual and a grinning fool. He has worked as a writer, radio journalist and independent scholar. He is currently working on his PhD thesis where he focuses on the reception of American novelist William Faulkner in Iceland.
- Myra ZEPF from Northern Ireland has written picture books, historical fiction and now the first verse-novel in the Irish language, ‘Nóinín’- aimed at young adults. She was appointed the first ever Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland (2017-2019), based at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in Belfast. As well as writing, she is a practitioner of children’s creative writing, reading and literary engagement workshops.
- Roseanne WATT is a poet, filmmaker and musician from Scotland’s northernmost archipelago, Shetland. In 2018, Roseanne was the winner of the prestigious Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. She won the 2015 Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry in Film and was runner-up in the 2018 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. She is poetry editor for the online literary magazine, The Island Review.
- Jonas RASMUSSEN was born and raised in Sweden by his Danish parents. He is a prolific translator of Danish poetry and fiction. He debuted as an author in 2008 with a micro-prose book, written under the pseudonym Frank W Lorenzen, and as of 2019 he has had seven monographs published, three of which were under pseudonyms. In his poetry collection Pappa-Mamma-Barn he investigates in a naked but simultaneously playful manner how traumatic it can be to become a parent.
- Ifor Ap GLYN is the current National Poet of Wales. Born and bred in London to Welsh parents, he is a multi award-winning poet, presenter, director and producer. He has twice won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod, one of Wales’s most prestigious prizes, in 1999 and 2013.
For the full program of the festival click here.
>>> Le Cercle des Voyageurs | Rue des Grands Carmes 18
>>> 17 October 2019 - 7 PM
>>> Free event upon registration >>>