Saturday 22 April: 5-8 pm
poetryartexchange is a unique cross-cultural collaboration between nine British and Romanian poets. Each poet submitted two poems, read each other’s work, and created another two poems in response. The University of Bucharest has published a book of the project, and we will be hosting an exhibition and sound installation to bring the words to life.
In this special celebration; five of the poets will read their poems and share their experiences of taking part in the project. The event will close with a drinks reception.
The poetryartexchange exhibition is on until 3rd June
Steve Rushton: Steve Rushton studied art at Kingston Polytechnic, exhibited regularly in England during the 1980s, studied art history at The Courtauld Institute and Birkbeck in the 1990s, and became an art and design history lecturer and arts curriculum area leader. He returned to art and started writing poetry in 2004, exhibiting regularly in London. His first chapbook collection Burning a Paper Plate—Towards a New Art was published by erbacce-press in 2015. His poetry has been published in Romania, Poland and England. A poetry single Sweet Sex Education Teacher from Chichester was published by Not Your Average Type in 2012.
John Riley is a writer. He has written, taught and broadcast on film, music and film music. His book “Shostakovich: a Life in Film
” was excellently reviewed in many journals including The Times Higher Educational Supplement, The Moscow Times and the East-West Journal. He has curated film seasons for the Barbican and the BFI, and the South Bank Centre commissioned him to write, produce and direct the multi- media show ‘Shostakovich: My Life at the Movies’ which was premiered by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and narrated by Simon Russell Beale, before being produced by the Komische Oper, Berlin. He has appeared on and made programmes for BBC Radios 3 and 4 and the World Service, and Resonance 104.4fm.
Claire Booker is based in south London. Her stage plays have been performed in France, Germany, Spain, Romania, Australia, America and the UK. She was nominated for a MacAllan Writer’s Guild of Great Britain award for her radio play, The Devil and Stepashka
, which was broadcast on BBC Radio Four. She was also nominated for the Arts Council’s John Whitting Award for her play ‘Irish Roulette.’ She is currently associate writer with Goblin Baby Theatre Company.
Claire’s poems have been published in a range of literary magazines including: Ambit, the Interpreter’s House, Magma, the North, Poetry News, Poetry Salzburg Review, the Rialto and the New Welsh Review. She blogs at www.bookerplays.wordpress.com
. She recently published Later There Will Be Postcard
s a poetry pamphlet
Andra Rotaru (Bucharest, Romania) has a BA in Sociology from The University of Bucharest. Currently settled in Bucharest, she is an active cultural journalist and organizer of literary events. She initiated several collaborations at the intersection of poetry and choreography (the dance performance Lemur, presented in US and across Europe), poetry and fiction and video: the documentary All Together, made during International Writing Program 2014; photography (Photo-letter pairing), involving community from Iowa and IWP writers.
Published books: Într-un pat sub cearșaful alb
/ In a bed under the white sheets, Vinea Publishing House, 2005 (debut) – awarded the most important prizes for a debut book; En una cama bajo la sabana blanca (the translation of the debut book into Spanish), Bassarai Ediciones, Spain, 2008; Ținuturile sudului
/ Southern Lands, Paralela 45 Publishing House, 2010; Lemur
, Cartea Românească Publishing House, 2012, awarded The best young poetry book at Writers’ Gala, Bucharest, 2013. Was scholar in several literary programs in US and Europe, among them International Writing Program, Iowa University (2014).
Stephen Watts is a poet, editor & translator. His own most recent books include ‘Gramsci & Caruso
’(2004), ‘Mountain Language/Lingua di montagna
’(2008), ‘Jour-ney Across Breath/Tragitto nel respiro
’(2011) & ‘Ancient Sunlight
’(2014). Recent co-translations include book of modern Kurdish poetry & volumes by Ziba Karbassi, Meta Kušar, Adnan al-Sayegh & A.N. Stencl (from Farsi, Slovenian, Arabic & Yiddish) & a book of Amarjit Chandan’s poetry. He has read internationally, in Syria(2010), in Romania(May & September 2013) & in Monza, Milan & Ravenna (2014) & has worked in schools & hospitals as a writer on issues of well-being & creativity. He has also curated many bilingual readings at exhibitions (including Nolde, Miro, Arshile Gorky, Guttuso & Francisco Toledo). His poetry has been translated into Italian, Czech, Slovenian, Arabic, Bengali, Persian & Romanian. Ongoing work includes collaborations with Claudiu Komartin & Golan Haji & forthcoming books include ‘The Language Of It’ & a prose work ‘Republic Of Dogs/Republic Of Birds’. He has lived in Whitechapel for the past thirty years