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Frédéric Forte, Karen Owen, Rhys Trimble: Poetry & the Mathematics of Song
Sat 6 May 2017, 15:30 – 16:30 BST
As part of the Wales International Poetry Festival, poets from very different backgrounds discuss the intersection of music and mathematics in their work. Welsh-language poet Karen Owen works in traditional strict-metre forms, while French poet Frédéric Forte, member of the influential Oulipo group, uses experimental techniques to explore the potential of language. Rhys Trimble mixes languages and blends experimental techniques with Welsh forms. Come along to this discussion event to find out what they have in common.
The discussion, chaired by Zoë Skoulding, will be in English, with some of the poems in Welsh.
Frédéric Forte was born in Toulouse, France, in 1973, and lives in Paris. He has been a member of the well-known Oulipo (Workshop of Potential Litterature) since 2005. He has published nine collections of poetry (the most recent being Dire ouf (P.O.L, Paris, 2016)) and several chapbooks. Three of his books have been translated into English: Seven String Quartets (La Presse/Fence Books, Iowa City, 2014), Minute-Operas (Burning Deck, Providence, 2015) and 33 Flat Sonnets (Mindmade Books, Los Angeles, 2016). He has also translated into French the American poets Michelle Noteboom and Guy Bennett.
Karen Owen was born in Bangor in 1974 and lives in Pen-y-Groes. She studied Pure Mathematics at University of Wales Bangor, then joined Welsh language weekly magazine Golwg as Arts Correspondent in 1995, before becoming editor of the publication in 2000 - a post she held for seven years. After spending three years as Producer of Religious Programmes at BBC Cymru in Bangor (2007-2010), she returned to print media in December 2010 and is currently a journalist on Welsh language newspaper Y Cymro and a freelance writer. Her poetry publications include Yn Fy Lle (In My Place) in 2006, and Siarad Trwy'i Het (Talking Through His Hat) in 2011, with Barddas press. She was awarded a Winston Churchill 2011 Memorial Scholarship to travel to Colombia, India, Ukraine and South Africa to study strands of their poetic traditions. Her forthcoming volume of poetry, Math (poems based on mathematics) will be published by Gwasg y Bwthyn press. As a practiser of Cynghanedd (ancient Welsh strict metre), she teaches the craft in night classes and workshops, and has won numerous Chairs and Crowns in local and provincial eisteddfodau.
Rhys Trimble was born in Zambia in 1977. He is a bilingual poet, text artist, performer, drummer, editor, critic, collaborator, shaman, staff-wielder and shoutyman based in Wales. The author of more than a dozen books, he is interested in avant-garde poetry and Welsh metrics. He has performed in countries around the world. His work has been translated into Slovakian, Polish, Latvian and Turkish.