Swansea is to host writers from around the world – from China to Charlie Hebdo, Syria to Sierra Leone, Turkey to Townhill – in a series of ten free weekly events celebrating world literature in 15 different languages.
Students from the College of Arts and Humanities are doing much of the work on the Festival: from PR and publicity to translation and interpreting – an excellent opportunity to boost their employability!
Held at the Volcano Theatre on Swansea’s resurgent High Street, fast becoming a hub for the arts, the events – called “Volcano Fridays” – will bring voices from all around the world to Swansea. The series starts on Friday April 7th, with one event every Friday until 23 June.
See the full programme here. All events are free and open to all. No booking required.
Volcano Fridays are organised by Swansea University and Wales PEN Cymru, part of a worldwide organisation defending the rights of writers. Critically acclaimed authors, local storytellers and refugee poets will perform, with each event featuring various languages, and interpreters on hand as needed.
- Marie Darrieussecq, renowned French novelist, translator, and satirist with Charlie Hebdo
- Internationally-celebrated Chinese poet Yang Lian
- Ifor ap Glyn, the National Poet of Wales, and bilingual Welsh poets Rhys Trimble, Zoë Skoulding and Menna Elfyn
- Best-selling Polish writer Wioletta Greg, who is on the Man Booker International Prize longlist
- Swansea’s celebrated community writing group Poets on the Hill
- Refugee writers living in Wales, who originally come from countries such as Syria, Sudan, or Sierra Leone.
Local Welsh-speaking folk musicians will be performing every evening, curated by Huw Dylan Owen.