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'The poems in Rebel Sun knit together all of the various elements of experimentation, politics and community I’ve been immersed in over recent years, with a strong focus on (re)connecting with the natural world. I am as much a part of the north Wales landscape as any oak or wave or starling and Rebel Sun is acknowledgement of that.'

'Explaining the exact nature of a poem feels too didactic, but this collection is absolutely about taking a stand politically. I see the after-effects of colonialism as a patriarchal dish still being force-fed to the land and her people in Wales. But after a long winter, maybe spring is coming.'

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Eleni Cay, Events, July 2017, Poems, Poetry, poets -

Eleni Cay will be launching her newly-translated poetry collection A Butterfly's Tremblings in the Digital Age at Books Upstairs, Dublin's best Independent bookshop. Eleni will be giving readings alongside John Minahane, who translated her poetry from the original Slovak. The launch will take place on July 4th, 6pm with free entry.       Watch Eleni perform 'Open Grove': A Butterfly's Tremblings in the Digital Age is the first full poetry collection from Eleni Cay, a poet born in Martin, northern Slovakia, and currently resident in the UK. The book speaks to the poet's own (young) generation about how technology affords new ways...

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'Rebel Sun is here! Can’t believe it’s finally happened. This beautiful hardback book was designed by my partner Andy Garside and I can’t thank my publisher, Parthian Books, enough for all of their support.' – Sophie McKeand writes on her blog today. Her hardback poetry collection is here and it looks lovely!

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#IndiaWales, 2017, Bee Books, British Council, Cardiff, Events, international, Kolkata Bloggers, Literature Wales, Natalie Ann Holborow, Poems, Poetry, Siôn Tomos Owen, Wales, Wales Arts International, Wales Arts Review, writing, Young People's Laureate -

Audiences in Wales will have the chance to hear from six writers, three Welsh and three Indian, who are taking part in the UK-India 2017 cultural season. The writers have already worked together in India and will be appearing at a number of events in Wales, as part of the India Wales project The Valley, The City, The Village.

Welsh writers Natalie Ann Holborow, Siôn Tomos Owen and Sophie McKeand will be joined by Indian writers Aniesha Brahma, Srijato Bandyopadhyay and Arunava Sinha. The writers have been brought together by Welsh publisher Parthian Books, Kolkata-based Bee Books, Literature Wales and Wales Arts Review, for their new project The Valley, The City, The Village.

The project is supported by India Wales, a new funding scheme by the British Council and Wales Arts International. The scheme supports artistic collaboration and exchange between creative professionals and arts organisations in Wales and India to build sustainable, creative relationships and networks between the two countries.

The Valley, The City, The Village brings together the six writers in a series of residencies and live performances, which will result in a trilingual publication of new writing in Bengali, English and Welsh to be published by Parthian in 2018. The project incorporates prose, poetry, art and reportage from Bengal and Wales. A special 48-page full colour magazine celebrating The Valley, The City, The Village will also be launched on 26 May, featuring contributions from all writers.

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#IndiaWales, 2017, Events, Poems, Poetry, poets, Wales, writing, Young People's Laureate -

We are pleased to announce the dates for the UK book launch tour of Rebel Sun, the new poetry collection from award-winning poet and performer Sophie McKeand taking in a plethora of festivals, venues, workshops, readings and more across the summer and autumn. The official launch will be held at Hay Festival on 31 May 2017 as part of our #IndiaWales project The Valley, The City, The Village.

Rebel Sun is a compelling, shapeshifting exploration of land and myth, the deep roots of our history, our relationship to nature and to ourselves, merging visions of the past with narratives of the close-up and personal. To hear Sophie McKeand’s work aloud is to be captivated, stunned; on the page the poems are no less profound. This is mythological, musical poetry that not only crosses borders but seems to dismantle them entirely, collapsing time and space, transfiguring and prefiguring the world we live in.’ – Martha Sprackland.

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