LSM announces Poetry Festival

Starting January 29, LSM will celebrate modern Latvian poetry with five young masters of the pen (or computer keyboard) showcased throughout the week in the first LSM Poetry Festival.

These poets represent the youngest and freshest talent Latvia has to offer, with two Russian-language poets, two Latvian-language poets and one Latgalian-language poet sharing their works and the stories behind them.

There will be conversations and readings on the LSM English news site each day next week.

We hope you'll enjoy hearing them as much as we did.

This informal showcase comes ahead of the London Book Fair which this year focuses on the Baltic states celebrating their centenaries. 

Latvia has seriously geared up its support for publishing translations of Latvian literature, with the British Council listing 25 titles of Latvian books recently or soon-to-be translated in English. 

Latvia's ambition in spreading its belles-lettres shows in earnest in the fact that, of the eight titles to be published by Welsh publishing house Parthian Books in its new "Parthian Baltic" series, four are from Latvian ariters. These will be published in time for the book fair, in spring 2018. There will also be readings from some of the poets from all three Baltic nations at the Welsh Cultural Mission, The Wheatsheaf, Fitzrovia on Sunday the 8th of April at 6pm

The series also includes an anthology, New Baltic Poetry, edited by Jayde Will. 

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