Poetry Expo 23 / 2 March 2023

European Poetry Festival presenting on Poetry Expo 2023

Poetry Expo 23

The European Poetry Festival in the UK is unique as a festival happening for a number of reasons, having involved over 1000 poets from across our continent since its inception in 2018. All attending poets present new works, and the festival pushes the boundaries of what is possible for live literature in the 21st century. Improvisation, performance and experiment is encouraged, specifically in the environment of the live event, separate from the book. At the centre of all this is a celebration of collaboration. The Camarade event format has seen hundreds of new works made by pairs of poets, performed, bringing together new literal friendships in the making of poetry. Here, for Poetry Expo, we present a selection of some of the festival’s most unique and brilliant collaborative works from the last festival in 2022, given the 2023 edition begins soon in April 2023.

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SJ Fowler and Benedict Taylor – European Poetry Festival: Winter Camarade 2022

Serena Braida and Christodoulos Makris – Ireland: European Poetry Festival 2022

Michael O'Mahony and Max Höfler – Lithuania: European Poetry Festival 2022

Josep Pedrals and Mischa Foster Poole – Catalan: European Poetry Festival 2022

Bård Torgersen and Dario Fariello – European Poetry Festival: Norway 2022

Andreja Štepec and Vik Shirley – Slovenia: European Poetry Festival 2022

Krišjānis Zeļģis & SJ Fowler – Latvia: European Poetry Festival 2022

Jaka Škapin and André Naffis-Sahely – European Poetry Festival: Swiss 2022

SJ Fowler and Fabian Faltin: The Next Next Step – Austria: European Poetry Festival 2022

You can read more about the European Poetry Festival on this link.

The project is part of the subtheme Connect not divide.


European Poetry Festival

The European Poetry Festival is the biggest consistent celebration of continental poetry in the UK, ever. For six years as a festival, and a decade as an event series, over 1000 European poets have performed new collaborations across the British Isles. The festival celebrates, in the UK and beyond, the grand resurgence in avant-garde and literary poetry that has marked the 21st century across Europe and it aims to not only innovate what a live poetry experience might be, but to inculcate community and engagement between poets across the continent, as well as between new audiences and complex poetries. At the heart of this is our collaborative model, our Camarade events. Here pairs of poets, visiting or based in the UK, create brand new works for each event, free to create as they wish. Each event often features multiple pairings, and so our events become energised, engaging playgrounds for experimentation as well as friendships. 

Our sixth festival took place across spring 2023, with 11 events across the UK, witnessed by near enough 1000 people. www.europeanpoetryfestival.com/2023