A place our mothers talked about – exploring one’s roots through poetry. About Maria Jastrzębska’s poems from The Cedars of Walpole Park

Thursday May 19th 6pm
The Saltire Society
9 Fountain Close, EH1 1TF Edinburgh
Hosted by Interaktywny Salon Piszących w Szkocji

Magi Gibson and Maria Jastrzebska discuss Maria’s poems from the bilingual collection Cedry z Walpole Park/The Cedars of Walpole Park.
Maria Jastrzębska is a Polish born poet, editor and translator. She is the author of 6 poetry collections in English, recently including At The Library of Memories (Waterloo Press, 2013), and a literary drama Dementia Diaries which toured with Lewes Live Literature in 2011. She was co-editor of Queer in Brighton (New Writing South, 2014). Her work is frequently anthologized, most recently in Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe, 2015) and features in the British Library project ‘Poetry Between Two Worlds’. Her selected poems, Cedry z Walpole Park/The Cedars of Walpole Park, have been translated into Polish by Anna Błasiak, Paweł Gawroński and Wioletta Grzegorzewska and published in a dual language collection (K.I.T, Stowarzyszenie Żywych Poetów, Faktoria series, 2015).  See also: www.mariajastrzebska.wordpress.com

“This poet’s coat of arms has a wolf on it. Her language sniffs out, tracks, rips flesh, fights, sometimes choses escape, parties madly, desires. Don’t you wish you were in her pack!”

– Eliza Szybowicz

Magi Gibson is an award-winning poet whose work has been widely published in anthologies and literary magazines in the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada. Originally from Kilsyth, she has lived and worked for most of her adult life near Stirling. She currently lives in Glasgow. Her full length collections are Graffiti in Red Lipstick, Wild Women of a Certain Age and Kicking Back. She’s held three Scottish Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowships, a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship, and was Stirling Makar. Her sequence, The Senile Dimension, won the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 Writing Prize, and in 2009 she received a major Scottish Arts Council bursary. A new poetry collection will be out in 2016. Magi’s website: http://www.magigibson.co.uk/

This event will be in English.
Free entrance.

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