Next Thursday see Latvian poet Krišjānis Zeļģis read from his recently translated poetry collection Beasts (Parthian Baltic, 2018). First Thursday also features guests Elizabeth Parker reading from her debut poetry collection, In Her Shambles (Seren 2018), and Poet/Novelist Christopher Meredith reading from his new short story collection, Brief Lives (Seren 2018). Plus open mic. £2.50 (on the door), Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Thurs 7 June, 7.30pm
Krišjānis Zeļģis is one of a new generation of Latvian poets looking out to the wider worlds. He has been a locksmith, baker, librarian, and a brewer. This diversity in experiencing the tangible world has allowed a wide and rich view of life to inform his writing. Even though he is an author of just two collections of poetry, his poems have been published in various magazines, literary periodicals, and web-publications since 2003. His first collection All Those Things/Visas tās lietas was published in 2010, well received, and nominated for several awards.