Multilingual World Literature in Swansea: over 30 authors, artists and musicians and more than 17 languages in a unique event series. Meet world writers & performers in events on Friday evenings in April, May & June.
For 3 months, local cross-language writers and artists from around the world will be performing.
Wales PEN Cymru and Swansea University’s Cross-Language Dynamics research project present: Volcano Fridays
Our guests will perform in English and their other languages, chat with the audience, and present a chosen piece of music and an image or clip on the theme of ‘languages and communities’Wales PEN Cymru and Swansea University’s Cross-Language Dynamics research project present: Volcano Fridays
- Launch: Friday 7 April, following the the AGM (starting 6pm) of Wales PEN Cymru
- Weekly events. Doors open at 7.30pm. Performances start at 8pm.
- Venue: Volcano Theatre: 27-29 High Street, Swansea, SA1 1LG. Continues until June.
- Bar & home-cooked multi-continental food.
- Live music curated by Huw Dylan Owen, author of Sesiwn yng Nghymru.
- Free entry: a donation is requested for Wales PEN Cymru and Swansea’s refugee charities.
Multilingual World Literature in Swansea – Friday 7 April to Friday 23 June:
Friday 7 April – Chinese, Welsh & Arabic
Ifor ap Glyn – Welsh-language poet, television producer and presenter, and National Poet of Wales.
Amani Bakhiet اماني عمر بخيت – poet in Arabic, from Sudan and from Swansea.
Friday 14 April – Turkish, Kurdish & Farsi
Now they are based in Cardiff. Their play Enough is Enough is touring Wales in February, with a special performance on 8 April at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
Poet, translator from/into Turkish, and human rights activist Caroline Stockford.
Friday 21 April – French, Russian, Pidgin, Welsh & ‘FYP’
Eric Ngalle Charles – Cameroon-born poet, based in Cardiff. As a teenager, Eric spent 2 dangerous years in Russia, thanks to unscrupulous traffickers. His memoirs of those years will be published soon.
Edin Suljic – poet and film-maker from London, born in the Former Yugoslavia: he still speaks the vanished language of the Former Yugoslavian People.
Friday 28 April – Arabic, Polish & …
Jeni Williams – Swansea poet, artist and teacher.
Bohdan Piasecki from Birmingham: Polish poet, performance artist, and translator.
Friday 05 May – Hindi, Kurdish, Turkish &…
Preti Taneja प्रीति तनेजा – novelist, poet, blogger, researcher from Cambridge. Her new novel We That Are Young is a retelling of King Lear in modern-day India.
Ali Sizer, Kurdish-Alevi musician and TV/radio presenter from Turkey, living in Swansea.
Hannah Sabatia – poet from Swansea.
Friday 12 May – French, Kannada & …
Catherine Rodgers – Swansea University researcher on French feminist fiction.
Mamta Sagar – ಮಮತಾ ಸಾಗರ – Indian poet, playwright, world traveller and translator between Kannada and English.
Friday 19 May – Italian, Somali, Krio & …
Friday 26 May – German, Polish & …
Jörg Bernig, multi-award winning poet, novelist and essayist; he lives near Dresden and has written several stories set in Swansea – in English.
Friday 2 June: NO SHOW
Friday 9 June: Swansea Poetry Slam at Cinema & Co
Friday 16 June – Arabic, Welsh, Spanish & …
Menna Elfyn – celebrated poet in Welsh, President of Wales PEN Cymru.
Friday 23 June – Spanish, French & …
Educational psychologist José Cifuentes has lived in Swansea since 1977 when he came as a political refugee from Chile. He has written his memoir of the Allende and Pinochet years in Spanish. His daughter Rocio (director of EYST) translated the text into English and also prepared the Spanish text for publication.
Patricia Rodriguez Martinez Jones – researcher and translator of Afro-Colombian poetry, as well as Swansea University’s Director of Interpreting Studies and Employability.
Jean Portante, born in Luxembourg, is a prize-winning francophone novelist, poet and playwright and a translator from English, Spanish, Italian and German.