Jonathan reads from his translations of Pavese, Montale and Velarde including his translations of Ramón López Velarde, ‘Mexico’s National Poet’ which Markings Publications is launching in its latest Pocket Edition
Saturday 24th September 2011 Translations of Finnish poems and songs Donald Adamson is a poet and translator, who taught Creative Writing and Translation Studies in Finnish Universities until his recent retirement. Alongside his own collections, Finnish translations include ‘How to address the fog: Finnish poems 1978-2002’ (Carcanet/Scottish Poetry Library, 2005), and for the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki; also songs for Värttinä (acclaimed Finnish World Music Ensemble).
Saturday August 13th 2011 Rocadora poets read from their books introduced by publisher/artist Hugh who will talk briefly about the ideas and production of the pamphlets. Followed by a preview of Roncadora’s latest publication 1957 Flying Scot which centres around a crown of sonnets by Rab Wilson about a classic racing bike illustrated with linocuts by Hugh Bryden.
Hearing John Manson read is to rub shoulders Louis Aragon and Paul Eluard from France, Eugenio Montale from Italy, Raphael Albertini from Spain and the legendary Pablo Neruda from Chile – poets who began their careers in the 1920s and who shaped 20th century European poetry.
In close association with The Mill Sessions and The Dumfries and Galloway Festival The Bakehouse Out and About brings you a unique opportunity to catch iconic Jazz, Blues and Folk singer Marilyn Middleton Pollock on possibly her last touring gig in the UK. Not to be missed!
The Studio of The Bakehouse has been transformed to recreate an installation we conceived in France during an artist’s residency a couple of years ago. Do hope you’ll come and experience it over Spring Fling weekend and join us for a related and very different kind of poetry performance on May 28th. www.toutesdirections.info
Zimbabwe, India and Jamaica may not readily be associated with Gatehouse of Fleet but The Bakehouse’s “Homelands” series of poetry readings is certainly bringing the world to Galloway’s doorstep. The idea for a series of poetry events that address the multi-culturalism of Scotland today was the brain-child of Bakehouse Directors Chrys Salt and John Hudson. “We discovered many voices in the tapestry of Scottish culture when we published poetry in our magazine, Markings. We featured work from poets living in Scotland but born and brought up from all around the world,” comments John. “We realised Scotland is a cultural crossroads and home to people from Culcutta to the Carribbean. We couldn’t resist the challenge of bringing these voices to The Bakehouse stage.”
Jamaican writer Kei Miller is the last to come to the Bakehouse as part of our Homelands series. He writes both poetry and fiction which either takes place in the West Indies or is about how West Indian immigrants make sense of the strange places in which they find themselves .
Tawona Sithole is from Zimbabwe, born to a large family with strong traditional roots. The moral values of his ancestral family, Moyo Chirandu, passed down from his elders through oral tradition and music, inspire him.