Wednesday, 31 October 2018 at 9:30 am – Wednesday, 31 October 2018 at 4:00 pm

The Radość Pisania Manchester Polish Poetry Festival: Poetry Writing and Translation Workshops

Date: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

Location: Special Collections, All Saints Library, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M15 6BH. Meet at reception (ground floor).

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A special day of creative writing and translation workshops run by guest poets from Poland including Weronika Lewandowska, Paweł Łyżwiński, Michał Sobol and Ewa Sonnenberg. Held at MMU Special Collections this a great opportunity to learn about and immerse yourself in Polish poetry. Sessions will cover the dialogue between poetry and visual arts, thinking with poetry, and translation. This event is part of the The Radość Pisania: Manchester Polish Poetry Festival. Lunch will be provided.

Photo credit: Krakow City of Literature, pic. Tomasz Wiech


Michał Sobol is a philosophy graduate, church historian and author of five poetry collections, three of which have won awards, most recently in 2017 the Gdynia award for the collection Schrony. Since 1998 he has lived in Zabierzów Bocheński, 45 km from Krakow on the edge of the Niepołomice Forest.
Ewa Sonnenberg is a graduate of the Jagellionian University in Krakow, a pianist and the author of eleven poetry collections, most recently Wiersze dla jednego człowieka (2017). Her work has been translated into German, French, English, Russian, Swedish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Serbian, and Macedonian. She lives in Wroclaw.

Weronika M. Lewandowska is a polish spoken word poet, performer, doctor of culture studies, as well as a curator of independent events of new media art (BYOB, Share Warsaw). Her spokenword verse rises beyond linguistic barriers. Weronika has hypnotized a multi-lingual audience many times, performing her melodic and sensual Slavic poetry and performative projects at the most important spoken word and poetry events all over the world.

Paweł Łyżwiński - philologist and cultural manager associated with Villa Decius (Kraków, Poland), where he coordinates international residency programmes for writers, i.a.: Kraków UNESCO City of Literature Residency Programme, Visegrad Literary Residency Programme and International Cities of Refuge Network Programme. After hours he is a football enthusiast, passionate poetry reader and translator, currently working on the Polish translation of Samuel Beckett’s Murphy.

The Radość Pisania: Manchester Polish Poetry Festival has been curated by poet Mark Pajak in response to his recent creative residency in Krakow, UNESCO City of Literature. The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is pleased to bring together visiting Polish poets with UK-based poets in a series of readings and writing workshops. The festival’s name means ‘The Joy of Writing’ in Polish and is taken from a poem by Wisława Szymborska – Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize. This festival is presented by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met in partnership with the British Council, Kraków UNESCO City of Literature and Manchester City of Literature.

The Radość Pisania: Manchester Polish Poetry Festival is one of a planned series of bilingual and multilingual poetry events that seek to widen access to poetry in Manchester’s mother languages. Our aim is to introduce poetry in these languages to people who may already attend poetry events, and to join with the communities who speak these languages in celebrating their literature and culture. It would help us to develop and improve this project if you could answer a few optional questions when booking your ticket.

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