Hit the road, poet

Monday, 29 August 2011 11:34

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We are on the road! The Poetry Ride 2011 started from Helsinki on Saturday, and as I write this we are heading to Visby. Fortunately not on a push-car though.

We performed in Café Mascot in an event organised by Runokuu, which is the only literary festival in Helsinki and a cooperation festival of Helsinki festival / Helsingin Juhlaviikot. Big thanks to Laura and other Runokuu staff! We were really happy to have two of our translators there performing with  their poets; Jukka Mallinen who has translated Igor's poems, and Varja Arola who has done translations of Valts's poems via Estonian language. It is interesting to see how the chemistry works between the writer and the translator on stage, and these couples were a success!

As you can see, we have been doing some photographing I have been going on about this kleinbus, and now you can see why. The nice car also has a nice owner, Erki, who was kind enough to let his bus pose for our photos. The author of our bus photos is Alisa Javits, our travelling photographer.

After having a good nights sleep on Sunday morning, we had the honour of being invited to have lunch in the Latvian embassy. Food was good, as was the company, and of course the ever-present balsams. And how beautiful house do they have! It was a nice departure from Helsinki, and now we are off to Sweden and new adventures!

 

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Jenni


My name is Jenni Kallionsivu and I’m a devoted Poetry Rider! Which means that I make a festival called Poetry Ride happen together with my Latvian colleague, poet and translator Guntars Godinš and several other fantastic people. I work in the Finnish Institute in Estonia helping people to network and organising all kinds of interesting events.  Living a multilingual life as a Finn living in Estonia and blogging in English keeps my brain healthy and fit. So a multilingual poetry festival is a great way to celebrate the beauty of languages and honor the art of translating, and that is what this blog is about. You can write to me at jenni.kallionsivu@finst.ee.

The Poetry Ride project has received funding through the module Production-based activities.

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