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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 March  

7 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.

from Arc Publications’ New Voices from Europe and Beyond series

Six Czech Poets is the third volume in the series of bilingual anthologies which brings the work of contemporary poets from Europe and beyond to a wider English-language readership, a series which aims to keep a finger on the 'here and now' of international contemporary poetry. The six poets whose work is included in this collection have become known to the wider Czech readership in the past ten to fifteen years, despite the fact that they belong to two very different generations: the generation exiled by the totalitarian regime of pre-Velvet Revolution Czechoslovakia - whether from public literary life or from the country itself - and the younger generation which started publishing in the late 1990s. Both were faced with the task of mending the broken continuity of Czech poetry, reclaiming the sources of its inspiration - whether it may be the subconscious and dreams, the undercurrents of human relationships, or closely observed everyday objects and situations which acquire a poetic and ontological significance - and, ultimately, with the task of restoring the very medium of poetic expression, language itself.


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From: 11 Mar 2009 00:00
To: 12 Mar 2009 00:00


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