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Seni Seneviratne at the Poetry Pavilion (plus enter poetry prize)

Inscribe alumni Seni Seneviratne will be appearing at next week's Poetry Pavilion at The London Book Fair.

Organised by Inpress, which supports independent publishers across the UK, the Poetry Pavilion showcases the very best of contemporary poetry.

You'll also be pleased to know that this year is also the first ever Inpress / The London Book Fair Poetry prize, which includes a prize of £20 in book tokens and a bottle of bubbly for the top three entries.

You can check out the full programme online. Besides Seni's reading we think you'll find the following events especially interesting:

Tuesday 14th April

12.30-1.30pm Panel: Talking Poetry

For decades poetry publishing has been - commercially speaking - trade publishing’s poor relation. Yet in an era where what Trade Publishing struggles with most - talking direct to audiences - there is much to be learned from the world of performance poetry and live literature. This panel includes Tom Chivers (widely published poet and Publisher, Penned in the Margins - producers of live literature and print book publishers), poet, editor & writer Karen McCarthy Woolf (author of An Aviary of Small Birds , published by Carcanet and Editor of the anthology Ten: The New Wavepublished by Bloodaxe) and Jane Commane (poet, editor, blogger and Publisher at Nine Arches Press, who is the ‟Publisher in Residence” at the forthcoming Wenlock Festival). Panel chaired by Sheila Bounford, Interim Managing Director, Inpress.

3.30-5.00pm The Poetry Pavilion Party & Main Stage

A celebration of poetry, featuring performances from poets including:
4.00pm: Seni Seneviratne whose collections The Heart of It and Wild Cinnamon and Winter Skin are published by Peepal Tree Press
4.20pm: Karen McCarthy Woolf, author of An Aviary of Small Birds, published by Carcanet and Editor of the anthology Ten: The New Wave published by Bloodaxe

Wednesday 15th April

3.00-3.30pm: Michael Schmidt: Taking The Forestry Ecology approach to Poetry Publishing
Michael Schmidt, publisher at Carcanet, one of the outstanding literary presses of our time, reprises a memorable talk he gave to the IPG conference in 1999, in which he said he takes a ‟forestry ecology approach to publishing”, in which cultivating for the long term is essential. Michael revisits his theme 16 years on, in a very different publishing environment to the end of the last century.

6.00pm: Publication party: Octavio Paz Collected Poems
Carcanet hosts a party to celebrate the republication of Mexican Poet Octavio Paz's Collected Poems.

Thursday 16th April

11.00am Panel: The Pleasure and Pain of Poetry in Translation
Poetry in the most challenging of literature to translate and publish. In this panel, Inpress Interim MD Sheila Bounford and Istros Books publisher Susan Curtis-Kojakovic, who publishes in translation will be in conversation with Croatian poet, playwright and translator Damir Šodan, Croatian poet Ana Brnardić, and Mexican poet, translator and librettist, Pedro SerranoAll three of the poets on the panel have translated as well as written poetry.

2.00pm: The Inpress / The London Book Fair Poetry Prize
Announcement & reading of the winning entries for the inaugural Inpress / The London Book Fair Poetry Prize, judged by Amy Wack, poetry editor at Seren and editor of recent Costa Prize winning collection My Family and Other Superheroes by Jonathan Edwards.

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