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Creative Wales Ambassador Award to Richard Gwyn
Building on our collaboration through the Latin America Writers' Chain in 2013, Wales Literature Exchange is looking forward to supporting Richard Gwyn during his Creative Wales Ambassadorship this year, awarded by the Arts Council of Wales.
We will be working in partnership with the Club de Traductores Literarios de Buenos Aires, and supporting partners at the Universidad Austral, in Validivia, Chile; the International Poetry Festival of Medellín and Los Torreones in Colombia; and the Periódico de Poesía, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. Welsh poetry in translation will be profiled by Los Torreones in Columbia and the Periódico de Poesía in Mexico City.
Richard Gwyn comments: "Modern journeys often awaken in the traveller a sense of 'travelling without seeing', an idea that is perhaps uniquely contemporary. 'Unfinished Journey', the title of my proposal, suggests that rather than having a fixed point of departure and arrival, all travel is a continuum, and that the only valid objective is to sustain the exquisite tension of the unfinished journey. My project is to research and write an account of the process of travel as a work in progress. Reports will initially appear as journal entries, posted on the blog written by my alter ego, Ricardo Blanco, as we tour Latin America in search of its poets and its wanderers; but this will only be a part of the narrative, as the project will also take us through journeys past, as well as across a very personal Latin America of memory and the imagination. 'Unfinished Journey' is linked to, but discrete from, preparation of my forthcoming anthology of Latin American Poetry (Seren Books), and the Cardiff-based Fiction Fiesta, and it builds on friendships with writers, and alliances with cultural organisations across Latin America."
The Creative Wales Ambassadors Awards are made by nomination and recognise significant individual achievement in the arts along with the aim to raise the profile of Welsh culture outside of Wales. Each award is worth £25,000. The other recipients of the awards in a special ceremony on the 6th of February were Julia Griffiths Jones and Martin Daws.
Richard Gwyn's poetry was recently translated into Spanish by Jorge Fondebrider of the Club de Traductores Literarios de Buenos Aires and published in a single volume by Gog y Magog publishers in Buenos Aires. Translations of Jorge Fondebrider's poetry into English by Richard Gwyn was published by Cinnamon Press in 2013.
'Unfinished Journey' is sponsored by Wales Literature Exchange and the Club de Traductores Literarios de Buenos Aires, Argentina, with supporting partners at the Universidad Austral, in Validivia, Chile; the International Poetry Festival of Medellín, Colombia; and the Periódico de Poesía, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City.