Location: Book & Kitchen 31 All Saints Road Notting Hill London W11 1HE
Speaker: Maria Jastrzębska Anna Blasiak
Information: Tickets £4.00 available at the door
London launch event for a new collection of poetry by Maria Jastrzębska with readings in English (by Maria) and in Polish (by Anna Blasiak).
A Polish born poet, editor and translator, Maria Jastrzębska is the author of 6 poetry collections and a literary drama, Dementia Diaries, produced by LLL in 2011, which toured nationally supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award. She was co-editor of Queer in Brighton (New Writing South, 2014). Her work is frequently anthologized, most recently in Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe, 2015) and features in the British Library project Poetry Between Two Worlds.
Maria will be reading from her new book, Cedry z Walpole Park / The Cedars of Walpole Park, a bilingual collection of selected poems, translated into Polish by Anna Blasiak, Pawel Gawronski and Wioletta Grzegorzewska, published this year by Faktoria SŻP in Poland.
Location: Ulster Museum, Stranmillis Road, Belfast
Speaker: John Wilson Foster
John Wilson Foster lectures on his masterful narrative Pilgrims of the Air (Notting Hill Editions-2014)- both a cautionary tale and superb history writing. This is an astute lament for the loss of an older, more noble America and, with it, a creature of great beauty.
"John Wilson Foster’s new book is a gem in every sense: small but perfect in the hand, elegantly written and full of evocative, deeply researched interest, both in the bird and American social history. Roaming in millions across the virgin forests of North America, sometimes blotting out the sky, the passenger pigeon belonged to a land – and its rivers and ocean – of an early and now seemingly incredible wild abundance, fatally eroded by servicing the spread of humankind." - Michael Viney Irish Times
For information: http://www.bnfc.org.uk/BNFC/Programme.html