StAnza International Poetry Festival

Participants: Lidija Šimkutė

Lidija Šimkutė(Photo: Mykolas Ambrasas)

Lidija Šimkutė was born in a small village in Samogitia, Lithuania, in 1942.  Her parents fled from Soviet occupation during WWII and she spent her early childhood in displaced persons camps in Germany before arriving in Australia in 1949.  Lidija Šimkutė has published three books in Lithuanian and five bilingual poetry books,  two of which are translated into German and Polish, plus a broadsheet in English.  She has also published three bilingual CDs: Tylos erdvės/Spaces of Silence, Vėjo žvilgesys/Wind Sheen, and Balti šešėliai/White Shadows.  Her poem ‘My Father’ was short listed for Poem of the Millenium at The Poetry Festival in Australia, 2004.

www.ace.net.au/lidija

StAnza 2011 Events:

Wed 16 March | Festival & Exhibitions Launch
Special guest Tom Morton launches the festival with a taster of poetry and music
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 2 Foyer

Sun 20 March | Poetry Café for Breakfast
Kevin MacNeil, Don Paterson, Tom Petsinis, Lidija Šimkutė discuss translations and versions
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio Theatre

Sun 20 March | Border Crossings
Reading: Lidjia Šimkutė, Kevin Williamson
The Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

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