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poetry & diary by Nia Davies

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Gŵyl Farddoniaeth Ryngwladol Gogledd Cymru / North Wales International Poetry Festival

Next week is the second Gŵyl Farddoniaeth Ryngwladol Gogledd Cymru – the North Wales International Poetry Festival. A brilliant lineup of poets from across Europe will be performing at events in Bangor, Mold, Aberystwyth, Caernarfon and Portmeirion. I’ll be performing with them at an event at the Blue Sky Cafe in Bangor on Friday the 18th of October.  Here is the programme (in pdf) NWIPF folded flyer and NWIPF folded flyer. Or visit: http://www.northwalesinternationalpoetryfestival.org.

I’m also blogging for the festival at http://northwalesinternationalpoetryfestival.blogspot.co.uk  starting with brief interviews with the poets involved.
NWIPF flyer

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Solidarity Park – poems for #resisturkey / #OccupyGezi / #direngeziparki

I fell in love with Istanbul in 2010. And then with Anatolia as a whole. It’s a deeply fascinating region for me and I have even been trying to learn Turkish over the past few years. I am  lucky enough to have visited a number of times in 2011 and 2012 and made friends with some  inspiring people –  poets and writers Gonca ÖzmenGökçenur Ç, Yaprak Öz, Efe DuyanMehmet Altun, Pelin Özer and several others as well as a number of courageous and creative publishers, activists and literary promoters. So the last two and a half weeks I have been shocked and upset by the way the police and government in Turkey have violently treated peaceful protesters speaking up for their right to public green space and against the increasingly oppressive policies of the AKP.

In response to this I got together with UK-based poets Sascha Akhtar and Sophie Mayer to found ‘Solidarity Park Poetry – poems for #ResisTurkey / #OccupyGezi’. Solidarity Park is a place where poets from around the world can show their solidarity with the verve, courage and “soul force” of the Turkish people as they struggle to own what is theirs. So far we’ve published nearly 20 poems from poets around the world and will be publishing more over the next few days and weeks. We are also fortunate to have two translators on board – Duygu Tekgul and Çağdaş Acar and the poet Gonca Özmen as our consulting editor.

If you’re a poet and you’d like to get involved please read our call-out to poets: (English) (Türkçe) and send us a poem to solidarityparkpoetry@gmail.com. And please help us spread the word if you can, we are on Facebook and Twitter: @SolidarityPark.

In solidarity and hope,
Nia
http://solidaritypark.wordpress.com

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Penning Perfumes

Penning Perfumes

I recently wrote a poem ‘A Palace’ for Penning Perfumes – a project set up by poet Claire Trevien and Odette Toilette which explores the connections between poetry and scent. After a visit to Les Senteurs in West London, poets were each given a perfume in a blank atomiser and asked to respond to the perfume in poetry. After writing our poems we discovered the names and ideas behind the perfumes. Mine was ‘Incense Extrême‘ by Andy Tauer, which is meant to smell like a night in the desert. Interestingly I responded, without knowing this detail, with a poem that takes place in a tent in the desert – albeit in the middle of the day.

In another project strand, perfumers made scents in response to poems. A series of events and a mini-anthology has come out of Penning Perfumes. ‘A Palace’ is included in this pamphlet – which you can buy from the website. Please visit http://penningperfumes.tumblr.com to read more about the poems and the perfumes.

The Salt Book of Younger Poets

The Salt Book of Younger Poets

“The Salt Book of Younger Poets showcases a new generation of British poets born since the mid-80s. These poets have used new technologies to meet, mentor, influence and publish each other. This is a chance to encounter the poets who will dominate UK poetry in years to come.”

I am very happy to have five poems included this anthology – alongside some brilliant and very exciting young poets. The book is edited by Roddy Lumsden and Eloise Stonborough and you can buy a copy from the Salt website.