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27 Apr 2016 - 16 Oct 2016

The Poetry Periscope Project

For four weeks the British Library Piazza will be home to the Poetry Periscope, a new sound installation for the public from Prague which contains a curated selection of poems from 30 European countries, both in their original language and in an English translation. The Czech Republic is represented by Ondřej Buddeus' poem I'm 35... Don’t miss your chance to encounter the richness and diversity of spoken word from Europe before it sets off on a tour around a number of festivals and venues around the country, including in Brighton, Birmingham, Ledbury and Durham.

Judith Palmer, Director of The Poetry Society who chaired the selection process, said:
“With great delight, we looked into every corner of Europe to seek out poems to share via the Poetry Periscope. The poets selected can only relay just a few choice glimpses of the rich  landscape of contemporary European poetry. Enjoy, and know there’s so much more to discover. Across the poems, you’ll recognise shared concerns and common experiences, but each made distinct and particular through an individual imaginative perspective. From the playful to the political, the passionate to the perturbing, these 30 poems gives us very different ways of viewing the world.”


Join us on Tuesday 3 May (18.30-19.30) for the official launch with an evening of spoken word and highlights from the project.  

FREE
www.bl.uk/events, +44 330 333 1144

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/794894993974484/?active_tab=highlights


POETRY PERISCOPE TOUR

27-Apr-2016

19-May-2016

British Library

20-May-2016

29-Jun-2016

Brighton Station

30-Jun-2016

10-Jul-2016

Burgage Hall courtyard, Ledbury

12-Jul-2016

14-Sep-2016

Grand Central Station, Birmingham (TBC)

16-Sep-2016

16-Oct-2016

Palace Green Library, Durham

 

ACCOMPANYING EVENTS

POETRY PERISCOPE LAUNCH
Tuesday 3 May 2016, 6.30pm
British Library Piazza, Free Event  
A free event hosted by poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan, with dynamic live readings of poems from across Europe, read by UK poets Richard Scott, Gabriel Akamo and Charlotte Higgins with special guest reading by Michal Habaj (Slovakia). Plus the chance to try out the Poetry Periscope installation. 

THE STORY BEHIND THE POETRY PERISCOPE PROJECT
Wednesday 11 May, 5pm
British Library, Free Event
Bookings essential: www.bl.uk/events, +44 330 333 1144
Go behind the scenes of the Poetry Periscope project and hear how 30 poems were selected from the vast and diverse canon of European poetry. Chaired by the Poetry Society’s Ed Doeger, and including poet and editor Kathryn Gray and Patrick McGuinness, poet Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Oxford University.

POETRY PERISCOPE TOUR

27-Apr-2016

19-May-2016

British Library

20-May-2016

29-Jun-2016

Brighton Station

30-Jun-2016

10-Jul-2016

Burgage Hall courtyard, Ledbury

12-Jul-2016

14-Sep-2016

Grand Central Station, Birmingham (TBC)

16-Sep-2016

16-Oct-2016

Palace Green Library, Durham

 



The Poetry Periscope (known also as Poesiomat or Poetry Jukebox) was developed by Czech non-profit organization Piana na ulici and is now available in the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Russia. In 2016 it will be introdued in the UK, Germany, USA and Poland.

 

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Part of The Stories We Tell: 2016 European Literature Festival, organized by EUNIC, initiated and coordinated by the Czech Centre.




 

 

Venue:

Ledbury, Birmingham, Durham

Date

From: 27 Apr 2016
To: 16 Oct 2016

Organizer:

Czech Center


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