1st - 24th October 2014


The third North Wales International Poetry Festival presents Bangor Poetry Season, a series of readings and performances held throughout October 2014. Events take place at Bangor University and at locations around the city, including Bangor Pier and shops on the High Street. International poets will perform with translations, as well as Welsh writers in both languages, creating new contexts for some of the most exciting voices in contemporary poetry from Serbia, Poland, China, Cuba, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In In contrast to these voices, Czech poet and artist Martin Zet, examines aspects of silence in a number of events in and around Bangor. His performances include the release of the printed page and invite audiences to listen in pure unexpected locations.

Dr Zoe Skoulding (School of English, Bangor University), who directs the festival: "Despite the important traditions of Wales in the world of poetry and music, we live in a global culture where the visual becoming increasingly important. Poetry invites us to listen differently, not only the words themselves but also the spaces between them. This festival will allow audiences to hear the special sounds different languages together â translation so that everyone can follow what's going on. In addition to translation between languages, the words cross borders in performances with different artistic forms such as music and film."

Watch performances from the 2013 festival on YouTube and see the full 2013 programme here.



Wednesday 1st October

Blue Sky Café, 7.30


ԪIn 2004 artist and poet Martin Zet (Czech Republic) began counting the number of his footsteps between the place of his birth in Prague and the family grave in the small village of Libušín. Sound artist Alan Holmes and poet Zo Skoulding (Wales) collaborate with Zet in a multimedia performance celebrating the tenth anniversary of the walk (Czech / English).  

Thursday 2nd October


9pm Poetry and Music open mic, Liverpool Arms, Menai Bridge.

Bring poems to read, play some music, or just come and listen. FREE

Saturday 4th October


in Whistlestop Café, Bangor Pier, with Rhys Trimble, Martin Zet and Wanda Zyborska. FREE

2.30 Performance by Martin Zet, Deiniol Centre, Bangor
book blackening

ԪArtist Martin Zet invites you to bring him a text in any language, and watch it being silenced as he professionally blackens it in a performance that explores secrecy, freedom, censorship and forgetting. Active participation is welcome

Sunday 5th October

2pm The Old Goods Yard Bangor

ԪAn afternoon with Martin Zet in collaboration with The Old Goods Yard. All welcome. Please contact oldgoodsyard@gmail.com if you would like to take part.

Monday 6th October

6pm Terrace Room 3 Bangor University

Hu Dong (China) and Nia Davies (Wales)

Nos Fawrth 14 Hydref

6pm Terrace Room 3 Bangor University

Ivana Milankov (Serbia) and Wioletta Grzegorzewska (Poland)

Tuesday 21st October

6pm Terrace Room 3 BangorUniversity

Victor Rodriguez Núñez (Cuba), Robert Minhinnick (Wales) and Twm Morys (Wales)

Friday 24th October

7.30pm Blue Sky Café, Bangor

Olga Pek (Czech Republic), Zuzana Husarova (Slovakia) and the Amoeba Twins
with Steven Hitchins (Wales)

Ty Newydd

Literature Across Frontiers

poetry wales


Literature Wales Blue Sky Cafe

Bangor University

Arts Council of Wales

Wales Literature Exchange

Whistlestop Cafe

Arc Publications Palas Print
EU logo Translators House Wales the absurd Gwynedd Czech Centre Liverpool Arms

contact us: admin@northwalesinternationalpoetryfestival.org

Artistic Director:   Zoë Skoulding           Managing Director:   Sally Baker