Thursday 30 November, 7:15pm
Pighog Poetry at the Nightingale (just opposite Brighton station)
Grand Central, 29-30 Surrey Street
BN1 3PA Brighton
Tickets: £5 (£3 for open mic readers)
3 December, 6:30pm
Lighthouse – Edinburgh Radical Bookshop
43 West Nicolson Street
EH8 9DB Edinburgh
FREE but booking essential via lighthousebookshop.com
4 December, 6:30pm
Literary workshops with WordPolishers/Interaktywny Salon Piszących w Szkocji
Book your place by emailing Kasia Kokowska
A rare occasion to see internationally acclaimed poet and writer Justyna Bargielska whose selected poems The Great Plan B (Smokestack Press, December 2017) have been translated into English by Maria Jastrzębska.
The Great Plan B introduces British readers to the work of a poet who examines, with forensic precision, the landscapes of quotidian existence, our disappointments and humiliations. Combining colloquial diction, philosophical enquiry and religious references, these poems are witty, tongue-in-cheek, both self-deprecating and macabre while death is increasingly present, implacable. You can never be entirely certain whether she is serious or joking.
Justyna Bargielska is one of the most distinctive and original young poets writing in Polish today. She has published eight poetry collections, won the Rainer Maria Rilke poetry competition, and twice won the Gdynia Literary Prize. Although her work has been translated into French, German, Slovene, Dutch, Russian and Czech, this is the first time that her poems have been collected in English.
To know more about the poetry of Justyna Bargielska, read Not in English yet: How do you say 'death' in baby talk? by Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkałło.