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Pighog Newsletter September 2011
Save the dates!

Here at Pighog we've been pulling all the stops out to bring you a sensational new program of events and publications featuring some of the most talented writers the UK and Europe have to offer. Our new festival events, launches and workshops are not to be missed so please get your diaries handy and prepare to read on...

Pigbaby Comes to Town! The 2011 Brighton Poetry Festival

Following the great success of last year's rural literary tea-party, Pigbaby's coming to town for an action-packed series of readings, book launches and other events.

The Festival runs from Wednesday 23 - Sunday 27 November and features a stellar line-up of poets from the south-east including readings by Iain Sinclair , Catherine Smith, Lee Harwood, Tom Raworth, and Charlotte Gann, launches from Lorna Thorpe (in association with Arc), Mimi Khavlati (in association with Lewes Live Lit) and Mark Whelan (the latest pamphlet in the Pighog Munster Series), guest readings by Peter and Ann Sansom (see below) plus more great events soon to be confirmed. For the latest timetable, please click here.

Masterclass with the founders of The Poetry Business

The Poetry Business has been described by Andrew Motion as 'one of the most vital and vitalising literary organisations in the country'.

Jackie Wills is hosting a very special Poetry Masterclass with its directors Peter and Ann Sansom in Horsham, which she's kindly agreed to include under the umbrella of the 2011 Brighton Poetry Festival activities.

The workshop runs on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November and is a unique chance to create new work and receive criticism from some of the best in the business. Click here to read more and find out how to book your place.

Peter and Ann will also be reading at Redroaster in Brighton on the evening of the Saturday 26 November.

New Slovenian Books and Tour

Slovenia has for centuries occupied one of the most critical and telling fault lines in European culture. With roots in Celtic culture, it's no surprise that the country is home to a rich poetic tradition - albeit one under-appreciated by Anglophone audiences.

Pighog has been working with poets in Slovenia since 2006 and we're delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of two new volumes of contemporary Slovenian poetry in English: Elsewhere - new and selected poems by celebrated contemporary Slovenian poet Iztok Osojnik (translated by Pighog poet Maria Jastrzebska with Ana Jelnikar) and Here - an anthology of exciting new poetry.

This autumn, with the support of the Slovenian Embassy, the poets are flying in to take their work on a whistlestop tour on the following dates:

  • Saturday 8 October: Swedenborg Society London including a discussion session on contemporary Slovenian poetry and a wine reception, 2 - 5.30pm. Please send us an email if you would like an invitation to this event.
  • Sunday 9 October: Oxford, The Jam Factory, doors 7.30 for 8pm. With very special musical guests MacGillivray and D. Gwalia.
  • Monday 10 October: Brighton Redroaster, doors 7.30 for 8pm
  • Weds 12 October: Limerick Ireland as part of Cuisle (see below)

Click here to read more

Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival

"If you're within an ass's roar of Limerick, or need some poetry in your life, pay us a visit" - was last year's exhortation from Cuisle organiser Ciaran O'Driscoll.

This year, courtesy of Pighog, he's invited Brighton's Lee Harwood and Sussex poet Clare Best, launching Breastless, a moving reflection on her experience of breast surgery, also to be published soon by Pighog.

Mark Whelan will be giving an Irish launch to Brighton Suite, his new Munster series pamphlet. Cuisle runs from Wednesday 12 - Saturday 16 October.

Welcome home Tom Slingsby

Pighog's outrageously talented Assistant Editor is back in the UK after nine months spent living in the highlands of southern Mexico.

While away in this beautiful mountainous region he worked with the brilliant Puerto Rican poet Nicole Delgado to compile and translate Flood, an exciting snapshot of contemporary Latin American poetry featuring new writing from across the continent. Look out for Flood from Pighog early next year.

Tom has an increasingly important role in reviewing submitted work and writing Reader's Reports. He'll be attending a number of our events in the autumn so do come along and say hello.

Iain Sinclair reading in Hastings

Postcards from the 7th Floor, Iain Sinclair's brain-tingling collaboration with artist Oona Grimes was a highlight of Pighog's calender last year and his reading in Hastings on Thursday 27 October will be an opportunity to see the famed literary shaman reading in the town that inspired this excellent body of work. (Venue t.b.c)

Thanks for reading and we look forward to welcoming you to this Autumn's exciting events.
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