Latvian poet to visit Wales for translation residency

Latvian poet to visit Wales for translation residency

Latvian poet Madara Gruntmane, will visit Wales as part of a translation residency between April 13 - 21 2018.  During the residency, she hopes to translate some of Dylan Thomas’s poetry into Latvian, for the first time, and   As will visit Swansea and Aberystwyth.

Born in Liepāja, Latvia she holds a BA in Cultural Management.  Her first collection of poems, Narkozes won her the Annual Latvian Literature’s Reader’s Choice Award in 2016.  The collection is a fresh, powerfully feminine and open, never derivative nor contrived, but inspired by Gruntmane’s direct and honest personal experience.

At the London Book Fair, an English translation by Marta Ziemelis and Richard O'Brien of Narkozes was published by Parthian Books.

This will be Madara Gruntmane's second visit to Wales.  She first visited in March 2017, as part of a Poetry Connections translation workshop held by our sister organisation, Literature Across Frontiers.

Madara Gruntmane's residency is supported by Arts Council Wales supported by The National Lottery.

Further information regarding the English translation of Narkozes, published by Parthian Books, can be found here.

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