Then spree

poetry & diary by Nia Davies

Month: December, 2013

Forgetting Chatwin

Las Plumas, Patagonia

Las Plumas, Patagonia

Back in August of this year I visited Buenos Aires and Patagonia as part of my work with Wales Literature Exchange. Forgetting Chatwin was an epic journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific with four Welsh poets Richard Gwyn, Tiffany Atkinson, Karen Owen and Mererid Hopwood  and a group of Chilean and Argentinian poets: Jorge Fondebrider, Jorge Aulicino, Verónica Zondek, Marina C Kohon, Ines Garland and Silvia Camerotto. I took hundreds of photographs with my brother’s wonderful camera and learnt so much about the region, its peoples, culture, literature. I wrote an account of the journey for Wales Literature Exchange and it is published alongside galleries of images of Buenos Aires and Welsh Patagonia, the Andes/Bariloche and Chile.

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Harmony is death!

A few months ago I read some memorable words about poetry from the Dutch poet and artist Astrid Lampe: ‘harmony is death’. I was lucky enough to catch Astrid at the North Wales International Poetry Festival and ask her about what she meant in more depth. You can now read what she said over on the festival blog. There you can also read one of her poems, translated into English and Welsh. Find it: http://northwalesinternationalpoetryfestival.blogspot.com

I really enjoyed this unique and inspiring festival back in October which brought some innovative poets from around Europe (and Armenia) to venues and events across North Wales. My other interviews with some of the visiting poets are: Vassilis AmanatidisDoina IoanidEiríkur Örn NorðdahlChristine Huber and Ondřej Buddeus. And ou an find out more about the festival at: http://www.northwalesinternationalpoetryfestival.org
Astrid Lampe