17th - 22nd October 2013


Poets from all over Europe will once again be performing in Bangor, Aberystwyth, Mold, Caernarfon and Portmeirion, following the success of last year's inaugural festival.

Dynamic new poetry in a dazzling range of languages from Armenian to Icelandic will be presented with Welsh and English translation. Welsh poets in both languages will also take part, bringing a local dimension to the gathering.

Details of events, together with information about the featured poets (click on the images) can be found below. Some samples of the poets' work will be included with their biographies as translations continue to come in!

Poet Nia Davies will be running a festival blog leading up to and throughout the festival, featuring interviews with the poets alongside her own impressions of the festival. Items will be added on a daily basis - check it out HERE.

Extracts from the 2012 festival can be found on our YouTube channel. More will be added over the coming months. (The 2012 festival line-up can be seen HERE.)

Thu 17th October

International Encounters

Some of the most exciting contemporary poets from Wales and across Europe create encounters between languages in a multimedia context, with translation into Welsh and English.
The winner of the Translators' House Wales Translation Challenge 2013 will be announced and presented with a Bardic Staff.
Terrace Room 3, Bangor University
19.30  £6/£3

Fri 18th October

¡Viva la poesía!

International poets read alongside local performers in a celebration of poetry across frontiers. There will be a limited open mic: please contact the organisers in advance if you would like a slot.
Blue Sky Café, Bangor
19.30  £6/£3

The Absurd presents...

After the success of last year's event, The Absurd are delighted to bring this festival back to Mold. Hosted by celebrated Welsh poet Twm Morys, this event will once again bring together leading poets from Europe in a rich multilingual mix of voices. Tickets here.

The Clwyd Room, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold £7/£4

Sat 19th October

Whistlestop Poetry Walk

A walk around Bangor to discover multilingual poetry in unexpected places. Short events will take place in Bangor Library, Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, the Pontio Shop, Palas Print and surprise locations. Detailed timings will be announced before the day.
Start at Whistlestop Café, Bangor Pier
14.00  FREE

Poetry of Music

An evening of music and poetry, featuring performances from some of the most interesting groups in the area, including Hel Dinky, Hot Dawg Assassins and Normal Shed Uses, alongside international poetry.
Blue Sky Café, Bangor
19.30  £5/£3

Sunday 20th October

Poetry in the Village

International poetry in the unique surroundings of Portmeirion village.
Hercules Hall, Portmeirion
16.00 FREE

Mon 21st October


Listen to leading international poets reading in their own languages (with translation into Welsh and English) alongside Welsh poet Eurig Salisbury.
Drwm, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
19.30 £6/£3


Leading international poets reading with translation.
Palas Print, Caernarfon
18.30 FREE

Tue 22nd October

All Ears

Leading international poets reading in their own languages (with translation into Welsh and English) alongside contemporary music and sound art.
Terrace Room 3, Bangor University
19.30 £6/£3

Doina Ioanid

Vassilis Amanatidis

Eiríkur Örn


Martin Solotruk

Christine Huber

Astrid Lampe

Ondřej Buddeus
(Czech Republic)

Violet Grigorian

Bartłomiej Majzel

Marie-Louise Chapelle

Josep Lluís Aguiló

Hasmik Simonian

Manuel Forcano

Manuel Forcano


Nia Davies

Nia Davies


Jason Walford Davies

Jason Walford Davies

Rhys Trimble
Rhys Trimble
Twm Morys
Twm Morys
Karen Owen
Karen Owen
Aneirin Karadog
Aneirin Karadog
Ifor ap Glyn
Ifor ap Glyn
Sian Northey: photo by Keith Morris
Siân Northey
Carla Rees: photo by
Carla Rees
Heather Roche
Heather Roche

Pre-Festival Events:

Thursday 3rd October

International Poetry Day

In Reality: poetry reading and discussion with Jean Portante

Jean Portante, born to immigrant parents in Luxembourg, grew up with Italian as his mother tongue and now writes in French. Celebrating the launch of In Reality, a selection of his poems in English translation, he and his translator Zoë Skoulding will read extracts from the book in a discussion of poetry, identity and creative exchange between languages.
All welcome
Lecture Room 2, Main Arts, Bangor University

Friday October 4th 6.30pm

Poetry Wales launch featuring:
Tiffany Atkinson
Ian Davidson
Jasmine Donahaye
Matthew Francis
Richard Marggraf Turley
Katherine Stansfield
with special guest Jean Portante (Luxembourg)
and the launch of his In Reality: Selected Poems, translated by Zoë Skoulding
Aberystwyth Town Library
18:30 Free, all welcome

Post-Festival events:

Fri 25th October

A Taste of Slovenia

Christopher Meredith presents four writers from Slovenia:
Andrez Rozman Roza, Peter Rezman, Tadej Golob, Slavko Pregl. .
Palas Print, Caernarfon

Wed 30th October

Y Creadur / The Creature

Robert Minhinnick and Twm Morys present a reading of Harri Gwynn's Y Creadur and its translation The Creature.
The Studio, Aberystwyth Arts Centre



Ty Newydd

Literature Across Frontiers

poetry wales


Literature Wales Aberystwyth University

Bangor University

Arts Council of Wales

Wales Literature Exchange

Whistlestop Cafe

Portmeirion Palas Print
EU logo Translators House Wales the absurd Gwynedd Czech Centre Arts Council of England
Arc Publications Blue Sky Cafe        

contact us: admin@northwalesinternationalpoetryfestival.org

Artistic Director:   Zoë Skoulding           Managing Director:   Sally Baker