We open our tenth year of TRANSPOESIE with six poets – six female voices, which share their poetic journey in their consecutive native languages, with translations available. The six poets are accompanied with the melodic tunes of Casimir Liberski, joining in on the piano.
Wednesday September 23 at 8 pm CEST
In partnership with the poetic platform VERSOPOLIS
Celebrate poetry from around Europe – and hear from the following:
Marlèna BRAESTER (Israel) - a Romanian-born, French-speaking poet, linguist, translator, and teacher, Braester has been living in Israel since 1980. She is the President of the Association of Francophone Israeli Writers and Editor-in-chief of Continuum – Magazine for Francophone Israeli Writers, and has been distinguished Knight of the Order of Academic Palms in 2003, for her services rendered to the French culture.
Denisa COMĂNESCU (Romania) - a prominent poet, editor and translator, Denisa Comănescu’s has authored five books of poetry and her work has been included in anthologies in more than fifteen countries, with an impressive editorial roster to date. In addition to her creative work, Comănescu’ is the former general secretary of the Romanian PEN Centre (1990–2004), a board member of Ireland-Romania Cultural Foundation since 2002, and a member of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP) since 2006.
Katja GOREČAN (Slovenia) - a poet with a flair for dramaturgy, Gorečan is a young award-winning poet, recognised for her efforts in the biennale of Young Artists from Mediterranean Europe. Asides from her artistic work, Gorečan is socially active, working with the elderly people other marginalised groups, through different creative workshops.
Giedrė KAZLAUSKAITĖ (Lithuania) - a Lithuanian poet and language enthusiast, Kazlauskaitė has been working as an editor since 2010. She has authored multiple anthologies to date, as well as commentary and fiction. Kazlauskaitė has also been previously featured on Versopolis’ poetry platform.
Caroline SIMON (Luxembourg) - an arts student and poet with a free, engaged, and spiky tone, Simon is regularly featured in a Belgian poetry reviews, and a part of the Anthology of Young Luxemburgish Poets. She has toured the Grande Region as part of a reading tour and function as Luxemburgish poet in residence at the Printemps poétique transfrontalier in 2019.
Sigurbjörg ÞRASTARDÓTTIR (Iceland) - a prominent translator and poet, Þrastardóttir is the author of 8 poetry collections, two novel, as well as a few staged plays. Recognised internationally, Þrastardóttir has seen her work staged at King’s Place in London, and translates various poets into Icelandic. Additionally, she collaborates frequently with musicians and visual artists and is currently working on a music collaboration centred in the theme of climate angst.
Moderator: Sigrid Bousset
You can take part in the opening event on-line, or in a live screening on-site at the Hungarian Cultural Institute, Treurenberg 10, 1000 Brussels. Please note that there is limited seating and hygienic measurements for public safety will be in place. Pre-registration to the live event at the Hungarian Institute is required.
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For the full program of the festival click here.