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International Poetry Festival

Maurice Scully (IRL), Martin Reiner (CZ), Justin Quinn (IRL), Kevin Nolan (UK), Tomáš Míka (CZ), Trevor Joyce (IRL), Jill Jones (AUS), Philip Hammial (AUS), Michael Farrell (AUS), Vincent Farnsworth (USA), Stephan Delbos (USA), Pam Brown (AUS), Petr Borkovec (CZ), Louis Armand (AUS)


14 April 2009 (Tuesday)
Shakespeare & Sons
Krymska 12, Praha-Vrsovice
*Pam Brown, Stephan Delbos, Vincent Farnsworth, Mike Farrell, Philip Hammial, Trevor Joyce (English)

15 April 2009 (Wednesday)
The Globe
Pštrossova 6, Praha-Nove Mesto
*Louis Armand, Pam Brown, Michael Farrell, Philip Hammial, Jill Jones, Trevor Joyce, Martin Reiner, Maurice Scully (English)
*Wine reception hosted by the Irish Embassy

16 April 2009 (Thursday)
Sklenena louka
Kounicova 23, BRNO
*Louis Armand, Pam Brown, Michael Farrell, Philip Hammial, Jill Jones, Trevor Joyce, Martin Reiner, Maurice Scully (Czech)

17 April 2009 (Friday)
Café a knihkupectví Fra
Šafaríkova 202/15, Praha-Vinohrady
*Petr Borkovec, Pam Brown, Michael Farrell, Philip Hammial, Jill Jones, Trevor Joyce, Justin Quinn, Maurice Scully (Czech)

18 April 2009 (Saturday)
Shakespeare & Sons
Krymska 12, Praha-Vrsovice
*Pam Brown, Michael Farrell, Philip Hammial, Jill Jones, Trevor Joyce, Tomáš Míka, Kevin Nolan, Maurice Scully (English)
*Wine reception hosted by the Australian Embassy


Pam Brown (1948) was born in Seymour Victoria, but since her early twenties, she has mostly lived in Sydney. She has made her living as a musician and film-maker, has taught writing, multi-media studies and film-making and worked during the 90's as a librarian at University of Sydney. From 1997 to 2002 Pam Brown was the poetry editor of Overland and since 2004 has been the associate editor of Jacket magazine. She has been a guest at poetry festivals world-wide, taught at the University for Foreign Languages, Hanoi, and during 2003 had Australia Council writers residency in Rome. Her publications contain more than a dozen poetry collections, from the early Sureblock (1972) to the volume of selected poems Dear Deliria (2003) or the most recent book Peel Me a Zibbibo (2006).

Jill Jones (1961) is a poet and writer living in Sydney, Australia. In 1993 she won the Mary Gilmore Prize for her first book of poetry, The Mask and the Jagged Star (Hazard Press). Her third book, The Book of Possibilities (Hale & Iremonger), was published in 1997. It was shortlisted for the National Book Council 'Banjo' Awards and the Adelaide Festival Awards. Her fourth book, Screens, Jets, Heaven: New and Selected Poems, was published by Salt Publishing in 2002. It won the 2003 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry (NSW Premier's Literary Awards). Her fifth full-length book, Broken/Open was published by Salt Publishing in 2005. It was shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year 2005 and the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize 2006. She served as a judge for the 1995 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and for the inaugural Broadway Poetry Prize in 2001.

Michael Farrell (1965) was born in country New South Wales. He is a PhD student at the University of Melbourne. He has published 2 books of poetry: ode ode (Salt, 2002) and a raiders guide (Giramondo, 2008); also a cartoon poetry book BREAK ME OUCH (3 Deep, 2006). He is included in the Penguin book of Australian Poetry and several 'Best of' anthologies. His poems have been translated in Dutch, Slovenian (for the Vilenica festival in 2001), and Japanese (for an Asialink residency in Nagoya, 2007/8).

Philip Hammial (1937) is an Australian poet, publisher, editor, artist and art curator. He has a long list of achievements in writing, publishing and sculpting. His achievements include twenty collections of poetry, and thirty solo sculpture exhibitions. Hammial's significance to Australian poetry has been recognised by the Australia Council, which awarded him a Senior Writer’s Fellowship in 1996, and an Established Writer’s Fellowship in 2004. Two of his poetry collections were short-listed for the Kenneth Slessor Prize – Bread in 2001 and In the Year of Our Lord Slaughter’s Children in 2004. He has represented Australia at four overseas poetry festivals on four different continents.

Trevor Joyce (1947) is an Irish poet, born in Dublin. His early books include Sole Glum Trek (1967), Watches (1968), Pentahedron (1972) and The Poems of Sweeny Peregrine (1976). The last of these is a version of the Middle-Irish Buile Shuibhne, well known from Seamus Heaney's later translation in Sweeney Astray (1983). After a near-total silence for twenty years, he resumed publishing in 1995 with stone floods, followed by Syzygy and Without Asylum (1998). A collected poems up to 2000, including his "workings" from the Irish and Chinese, was published as with the first dream of fire they hunt the cold (2001). Joyce's poetry employs a wide range of forms and techniques, ranging from traditional to modern experimentalism.

Louis Armand (1972) was born in Sydney and since 1994 has lived in Prague. He is the author of two volumes of prose fiction and has authored and edited a dozen volumes of non-fiction, including Contemporary Poetics (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2007). His poetry has appeared in Meanin, Sulfur, New York Quarterly, as well as The Best Australian Poems 2008 and the Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry. His most recent collections include Picture Primitive (2006), Strange Attractors (2003) and Malice in Underland (2003).

Martin Reiner (1964) is a poet, writer and publisher, born in Brno, Czech Republic. His publications include six poetry collections, a novella and a book of feuilletons. His novel Lucka a já will be published in May 2009. Twice he has been the finalist of the Dresden Lyric international poetry contest. His poems have been translated into German, Frech, Polish, Hungarian and Croatian. The English translations of his poetry include the collections Where is the urn? (2005) and No Through Road (2007) In the years 2001-2004 he was the sole organizer of the Poetry Without Borders international poetry festival in Olomouc.

Vincent Farnsworth has lived in San Francisco and New Orleans, and for many years in Prague. His publications include Immortal Whistleblower (New Orleans: Lavender Ink). He has published widely in magazines and has appeared in literary festivals in Prague and Bratislava. He was formerly managing editor of the journal Jejune: America Eats its Young.

Stephan Delbos (1982) is a New England-born poet living in Prague, where he teaches at the Anglo-American College and edits The Prague Revue. His poetry and essays have appeared in Rain Taxi, Born Magazine, Poetry International and various anthologies, including Against Agammemnon: Anti-War Poetry.

Kevin Nolan co-directs the Cambridge Conference of Contemporary Poetry and edits its translation series. His books include translations of Pierre Alferi and Philippe Beck, Sleeve Guard Hypocrite (Equipage), The Translations of Frank O'Hara (ed.; Carcanet) and Silver Bullets of the 16th Century (Salt).

Petr Borkovec was born in 1970 and lives in Cernosice, southwest of Prague. He was editor with the weekly cultural journal Lidove noviny 1995-2000, and is now a freelance writer and translator of poetry. He has published five collections of poetry, and has been widely translated.

Justin Quinn (1968) was born in Dublin and is currently lectures at Charles University. He has published four poetry collections: The 'O'o'a'a' Bird (1995), Privacy (1999), Fuselage (2002) and Waves & Trees (2006). The 'O'o'a'a' Bird was nominated for the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection.

Tomáš Míka was born in 1959 in Prague. He studied English and Czech at Charles University, Prague. His has published several collections of poetry, including Nuceny vysek (Destruction of Animals, 2003) and Deník rychlého člověka (Journal of a Fast Man, 2007), both with Argo, in Prague. A book of short stories Und was published in September 2005.

*Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts; the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland; the Centre for Irish Studies, Prague; and the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University, Prague.





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