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Eleni Cay & Friends + exhibition opening 'Did you know? This is Slovakia'
Thu 22 September 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
“A poem on paper is nothing more than a piece of writing that may be used for anything that can be done with a piece of writing.”
This event celebrates the multiple forms a poem can take and the multiple voices it can accommodate. It brings together four artists bound by their shared passion for poetry and the arts.
Poetry: Eleni Cay, Robert Peake and Anna Selby
Piano: Valerie Kampmeier
Visual Art: 'Did you know? This is Slovakia'
Eleni Cay writes in Slovak and English. Her first collection “A butterfly's tremblings in the digital age” (written in Slovakian) was published in 2013, after she won a national poetry competition in her native country Slovakia. Her English language poems were published in two pamphlets -Colours of the Swan and Autumn Dedications-, and featured in MK Calling 2013 & 2015, anthologies (e.g., Mother’s Milk); poetry magazines (e.g., Allegro) and as the ‘best poetry videos on the web’ (Moving Poems). She lives in Manchester where she teaches psychology and studies the MA Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Robert Peake is an American-born poet living near London. He created the Transatlantic Poetry series, bringing poets together from around the world for live online poetry readings and conversations. He also collaborates with other artists on film-poems, and his work has been widely screened in the US and Europe. His newest collection The Knowledge is now available from Nine Arches Press.
Anna Selby grew up in Shropshire, she worked internationally before moving to Norwich to study and do a Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia. Her pamphlet, The Burning was published in 2013 as part of the Salt Modern Voices Series and her work has been featured in Magma, Missing Slate Magazine, Smiths Knoll, The Rialto and Ghost of Gone Birds anthology (Bloomsbury). Her poetry-dance collaborations have been shortlisted for The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, featured on the BBC Culture Show and tour nationally.
Valerie Kampmeier has been playing the piano since she was five years old. As a concert pianist, she performed at Southbank Centre, St John’s Smith Square and throughout Britain and Europe. She was also on the faculty of Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Currently, she focuses more on her work as a life coach, assisting creative artists to reconnect to their passion and fulfill their potential. She also enjoys collaborating on the creation of film-poems, composing and performing soundtracks, with her husband, Robert Peake. They won the 2015 Southbank Centre Poetry Competition in the children’s category for their film-poem “Buttons”.
Did you know? This is Slovakia highlights unique features of Slovakia from past and present through brief descriptions (for example, the company ESET, Slovak success stories from abroad, Slovakia’s castles, traditions, mineral springs and automotive industry). The exhibition covers 42 themes displayed on 11 banners, with interesting facts about Slovakia complemented by photographs and drawings. Did you know that one of the world’s largest companies in the field of IT security was founded by Slovaks? Have you heard that there is a flying saucer at the top of the bridge over the Danube? Did you know that Slovakia is the world's leading producer of cars per capita? And have you heard that the first skyscraper in China was built based on a design by a Slovak architect?