11 Mar 2009 00:00 - 12 Mar 2009 00:00
Six Czech Poets
The launch tour of Six Czech Poets with poets Viola Fisherova, Pavel Kolmacka and Petr Halmay. This bilingual anthology edited by ALexandra Buchler brings the work of six Czech contemporary poets of different generations to a wider English language readership.
Wed 11 March
1 pm - Manchester City Library
7 pm - Blue Sky Cafe, High Street, Bangor (www.blueskybangor.co.uk)
Thu 12 March7 pm - Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EB
Viola Fischerová was born in 1935 in Brno. She worked in the Czech radio during the sixties. In 1968 she emigrated to Switzerland with her husband, the author Karel Michal. In 1985 she moved to Germany and in 1994 she returned to live in Prague. Between 1975 and 1994 she contributed to Radio Free Europe. She began writing in the 1950s but was not allowed to publish until the 1990s. She has published eight collections of poetry and translations from Polish and German. Her short story is included in the anthology Povídky: Stories by Czech Women, Telegram, 2006. The poems in this anthology are from her collections Babí hodina (Hag’s Hour, 1994) and Nyní (Now, 2006).
Petr Halmay was born in 1958 in Prague and has worked as teacher, warehouse and petrol pump worker, journalist and theatre technician. He has published poetry collections Strašná záře (Terrible Radiance, 1991) and Bytost (A Being, 1994) and a collection of poems and prose texts Hluk (Noise, 1997). The poems in this anthology come from his latest collection Koncová světla (Rear Lights), published in 2004.
Pavel Kolmačka was born in 1962 in Prague and graduated from the School of Electrical Engineering. He worked in various jobs and since 1993 he has worked as technical translator from English. He published two poetry collections, Vál za mnou směšný šos (A Ridiculous tailcoat fluttered behind me, 1994) and Viděl jsi, že jsi (You saw that you were, 1998, in German as Du sahst, es gibt dich, 2001 ) and the novel Stopy za obzor (Footprints leading beyond the horizon, 2006). He lives in the village of Chrudichromy near Brno with his wife and two sons.
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From: 11 Mar 2009 00:00
To: 12 Mar 2009 00:00
Literature across Frontiers