Thursday, October 11, 2012

LONDON: Arc Poets Bejan Matur & Katherine Gallagher

Thursday, 25th October, 2012, 6.30pm, FREE
Wood Green Library,
187-197A High Road,
Wood Green,
N22 6XD (nearest tube: Wood Green)

Arc Poets Bejan Matur and Katherine Gallagher at the Bejan Matur closes a week-long UK reading tour alongside Australian-born Arc poet Katherine Gallagher. This pairing of two spirited poets will make for an evening of sensuality and heat, a shimmering intensity of wordplay, mythologies and idiosyncratic humour. There will be an informal Q&A after the reading.

Bejan Matur comes highly endorsed by Orhan Pamuk and John Berger, and is a charismatic reader. Her latest book, How Abraham Abandoned Me, is a philosophical pilgrimage in the Anatolian desert, rich in Islamic iconography. Currently, Matur devotes all her time to writing poetry, and contributes to an internet journal and newspapers, writing on Kurdish politics, Armenian and women issues.

Katherine Gallagher has read her poetry at festivals and universities in the UK, Australia, Germany, Italy and France and her poems have been translated into French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Romanian and Serbian. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Writing in Education.  In 1978, she was awarded a Writer’s Fellowship from the Literature Board, Australia Council, and in 1981, she won the Brisbane Warana Poetry Prize. Her book Passengers to the City (Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1985) was shortlisted for the John Bray National Poetry Award.

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