One of the biggest literary events of the year
As part of Plymouth Literature Festival 2016.
PLYMOUTH/BREST WRITERS EXCHANGE 2016.
(Supported by CAN Plymouth Artists Network /Flameworks/ Twining Brest –Plymouth Groups/ Peninsula Arts/ TimeBank StoneHouse/Waterstones)
A WEEKEND OF POETRY, PROSE, AND MUSIC FROM THE BEST OF PLYMOUTH AND BREST, FRANCE. A CELEBRATION OF CULTURE AND SHARED VALUES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE CHANNEL.
All events are free and open to the public.
This will be the centre piece event of the weekend. Both Plymouth and Brest Writers will be performing their work, along with music from Brest folk group BepSort and Plymouth’s own Capri-Batterie, along with the fantastic murderously quirky cabaret artist Miss von Trapp.
This event will run alongside Theatre Genedlaethol, & Teatr Piba's production of Merch Yr Eog / Merc’h An Eog in The House and we encourage all audience members to join the event after the show has finished
Plymouth Writers and Musicians Appearing.
CAPRI-BATTERIE: Lead by the renowned trumpet player Tim Sayer, who has performed alongside groups The Levellers, Eddie Floyd, Joe Lois Walker and Ottis Grand. Belligerent and anarchic Capri-Batterie coalesce the aesthetics of industrial rock, free jazz, and noise art rendering their performances a high energy undertaking alongside the poetry and readings of Poet Dan Leahy.
NICK INGRAM: A published and independent writer living in Plymouth. Nick has been a regular columnist, blogger, and film writer for varied local outlets. He has also published two books: Dionysius Williams & Other Southwest Observations, and the more recent Some Notes From A Small Dent Of An English City.
CHRIS PARSONS: Plymouth own American poet and author of A Short Step Journey. Shortlisted for this year’s Golden Crown Literary Society Awards, and has just been made Poet in Residence for Go Palace Plymouth – the group who are trying to restore the Palace Theatre on Union Street to its former glory.
LAURA QUIGLEY: Laura is an award-winning Plymouth writer who writes across mediums and genre: fiction, non-fiction, audio-plays, theatre and articles. Her literary non-fiction including: Bloody British History Plymouth, and South West Agents are best sellers. Also Laura regular gives presentations to history and writing groups, and has made appearances at festivals. She has recently been awarded a Arts Council Grant to complete her latest book, A Song For The Burning, which will be released later on in the year.
MISS von TRAPP: This murderously, witty and quirky, dark cello cabaret and Steam Punk Artist, is well known for scything her way through the Plymouth and Southwest festival and writing scene: with songs of menace and deadly deeds. She released her first album online last year: Songs To Die For. And most likely you will – with laughter.
TOM VOWLER: Tom is a award winning novelist and short story writer. His debut collection, The Method, won the Scott Prize 2010, and the Edge Hill Readers’ Prize 2011. He is co-editor of the journal Short Fiction, and is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Plymouth University, while completing his PhD. His second novel, That Dark Remembered Day, was published in 2014.
Brest Writers and Musicians Appearing
HERVÉ BELLEC: A professor of history and geography and author of a dozen novels including: I hate Sundays, The White Night, and If It Was My Wife. His work covers topics as diverse as escape and travel, and the daily grind which nails us down, told with a biting irony. Bellec is a recognized key figure on the Brest and Brittany literary scene, and his book The White Night won the Tristan Corbiere Prize
BEPSORT: A folk piece folk band who specialise in traditional Breton music, performing sea shanties, ballads, stories, and dance tunes. Creating an atmosphere full of good humour, dancing, and heritage.
OLIVIER COUSIN: is convinced that being a poet and a writer allows him to feel better about the world and everything in it, and believes that words can change things for good or bad. He is a teacher in creative writing and has written regularly for newspapers and magazines since the 1990’s. In 2011, he received the Camille le Mercier d’Erm Poetry Prize from the Association of Breton Writers for his collection: Under a Lidless Sky. Olivier has published over ten books. His latest is called: The Old Ghosts of Trassire Tristan.
CLARENCE SOPHIE DANY: is the director of a local of a local theatre company in Brest called The Here & Now. Clarence is an actress and director who studied drama in Australia, and became the director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. In France she has worked with The House Theatre and the University of Western Brittany, before setting up her own theatre company. She has published a book: The Old Barracks, and has directed bilingual readings of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and an adaptation of Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol.
MELISANDE FITZSIMONS: Has a background in the fine arts and translation, but has for the past seven years she has been concentrating on writing poetry. Melisande has been published in anthologies and literary journals and magezines in the UK, USA, Australia, and France – including Devon Life, The Broadsheet, and Tears in the Fence. Although of French nationality, she is resident in Plymouth, and was asked by Plymouth Twining Group to take part, and she agreed to do so.