I’m very pleased to announce that March 8 will see the UK launch both The Catch and the Romanian translation of Volta, poems from The Catch and Coleshill, at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Belgrave Square, at 7pm. The Romanian Cultural Institute is a generous supporter of artists across genres and nationalities, and is a tireless advocate of cross-cultural exchange between Romania, the UK and other European countries, so I am incredibly proud to have been offered this opportunity. It’s a wonderful venue too – if you haven’t been before then you are in for a treat! There will also be drinks!
Being, serendipitously, International Women’s Day, the night will also look at the broader theme of collaboration between women artists. I will be joined by Emma Harding, producer of the Radio 4 documentary Postcards from the Village, on which the Romanian poet and translator of Volta, Ioana Ieronim and I discussed our respective villages and their place in our work; by my English editor, Parisa Ebrahimi; and by Dr Fiona Doloughan, Head of English at the Open University, for a discussion of my work and broader themes around poetry and collaboration.
The evening will conclude with a musical setting of my poem ‘Bee Sama’ – from my last collection Coleshill – composed by the prize-winning UK and Romanian composer Luminiţa Spînu and sung by mezzo-soprano Adriana Feşteu. It is a wonderful work, and I can’t wait to hear it live.