Poetry from Nia Davies and Matti Spence
Date(s) - Monday, 18th February
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop
Nia Davies was born in Sheffield and lives in Wales. Her first book-length collection of poems All fours (Bloodaxe) follows the pamphlets England (Crater), Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdanmısınız or Long Words (Hafan/Boiled String) and Then Spree (Salt).
She has been editor of the international quarterly magazine Poetry Wales since 2014.
Her poems and essays have been published and translated widely and she has appeared at several international festivals. She has worked on and co-curated transcultural collaborative projects – Literature Across Frontiers, Wales Literature Exchange, Wales International Poetry Festival and others.
A frequent collaborator with other poets and artists, Nia co-curated Gelynion, a Welsh Enemies project on collaboration in contemporary poetry in Wales in 2015 and collaborated with Kannada poet Mamta Sagar on the project Interversions. Her poetry has been translated into Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Kannada, Kurdish, Latvian, Mandarin, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish and Welsh. Nia is currently undertaking practice-based research on poetry, performance and ritual at the University of Salford.
Matti Spence is a poet and performer based in Totnes – his work is focused on the act of listening; on becoming a vessel for receiving and sharing the mysterious beauty of everyday life. Matti is a Spiritual Ecology Fellow of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace and has a strong grounding in Zen Buddhism, which inspires his simple approach to creativity. Key to his practice is the notion art-as-offering; of the artist/poet being in-service through the acts of composition and performance.
His poetry has appeared in The Rialto, Agenda, Ambit, and The Cordite Review. His pamphlet When it comes to letting go of the image is published by Hesterglock Press.
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In association with Nottingham Poetry Exchange