20.00 LIVE READINGS: Radoslaw Jurczak, Vik Shirley, Paulo da Costa Domingos, Trevor Joyce

Sunday 22 October 2023

Paulo da Costa Domingos

Paulo da Costa Domingos (b. Lisbon, 1953) is a self-taught writer, publisher, and book antiquarian. He started publishing poetry at the age of 19, during the Portuguese dictatorship, and has published over fifty volumes, among which his poetic anthology Urbe Sub Rosa – Carmes 1972-2021 (Barco Bêbado, Lisbon, 2022). His prose was published as Narrativa ([Narrative] Alambique, Lisbon, 2016) and A Morte dos Outros – Pastiches & Visões ([The Death of Others – Pastiches and Visions] Alambique, Lisbon, 2023).

Domingos is further known as the publisher of the publishing house Frenesi | viúva frenesi, a house where – self-taught and son of a cartographic draftsman – he has turned graphic arts into an unyielding vortex amidst the aesthetic mud pulsating in commercial bookshelves. The graphic design of the catalogue of the publishing house Barco Bêbado is the most recent litmus test of half a century of acquired skills.

Trevor Joyce

Trevor Joyce is an Irish poet, currently living in Cork. His latest book is Conspiracy (Veer2, England; 2023).

Vik Shirley

Vik Shirley is a poet, writer, editor, academic and critic from Bristol, England, now living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her collection, The Continued Closure of the Blue Door (HVTN), her pamphlets, Corpses (Sublunary Editions), Grotesquerie for the Apocalypse (Beir Bua) and Poets (The Red Ceilings Press), and her book of photo-poetry Disrupted Blue and other poems on Polaroid (Hesterglock) were all published 2020-2022. Her work has appeared in such places as Poetry London, The Rialto, Magma, 3am Magazine, Tentacular, Perverse, Shearsman and Tears in the Fence. A Poetry School tutor, teaching on the Surreal Narrative and the Grotesque in Poetry, she has a PhD in Dark Humour and the Surreal from the University of Birmingham. A regular performer at the European Poetry Festival, Vik is Associate Editor of Sublunary Editions and editor of Surreal-Absurd for Mercurius magazine.

Radosław Jurczak 

Radosław Jurczak (born 1995) is a poet, philosopher and mathematician based in Warsaw, Poland. Author of two books of poetry – Pamięć zewnętrzna [External Memory, 2016] and Zakłady holenderskie [Dutch Books, 2020] – he has received, among others, the Warsaw Literary Award, the Silesius Poetry Award,  Bierezin Award and the Iłłakowiczówna Award. His work has been translated into English, Hungarian and Russian; English translations of his poems were featured by the Versopolis Project. He is a senior editor for “KONTENT”, a journal of contemporary poetry and poetry criticism. In his poems, he blends political and ethical engagement with a genuine interest in the language and worldview of modern science and inspirations drawn from the rich historical tradition of literary forms.