Dydd Sadwrn 28 Hydref / Saturday 28 October
8:15-10:00 Theatr Canolfan y Celfyddydau / Aberystwyth Arts Centre Theatre £8/6
Zoë Skoulding is primarily a poet, though her work encompasses sound-based vocal performance, collaboration, translation, literary criticism, editing, and teaching creative writing. She lectures in the School of English at Bangor University, and has been Editor of the international quarterly Poetry Wales. Her recent collections of poems are The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren, 2013), Remains of a Future City (Seren, 2008), long-listed for Wales Book of the Year 2009, and The Mirror Trade (Seren, 2004). Her collaborative publications include Dark Wires with Ian Davidson (West House Books, 2007) and From Here, with Simonetta Moro (Dusie, 2008). She is a member of the collective Parking Non-Stop, whose CD Species Corridor, combining experimental soundscape with poetry and song, was released on the German label Klangbad in 2008. You Will Live in Your Own Cathedral is a multimedia soundscape, video and poetry performance with Alan Holmes that has been presented across Europe in several languages including Slovak, German, Slovenian, Czech, Greek, Norwegian and Danish. A booklet and CD from the project with Czech and German translation was released by Seren and LAF in 2009.
Richard Beard’s six novels include Lazarus is Dead, Dry Bones and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In the UK he has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His latest novel Acts of the Assassins was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015. He is also the author of four books of narrative non-fiction, including his 2017 memoir The Day That Went Missing. Formerly Director of The National Academy of Writing in London, he is a Visiting Professor (2016/17) at the University of Tokyo, and has a Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia. In 2017 he is a juror for Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize.
David Harsent is a poet and librettist. He has published twelve volumes of poetry. Legion won the Forward Prize for best collection 2005; Night (2011) was triple short-listed in the UK and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Fire Songs (2014) won the T.S. Eliot Prize. His most recent collection, Salt, was published in October this year. Harsent has collaborated with a number of composers, though most often with Harrison Birtwistle. Birtwistle/Harsent collaborations have been performed at the Royal Opera House, BBC Proms, the Aldeburgh Festival, The Concertgebouw, The London South Bank Centre, The Salzburg Festival, the Holland Festival, the Megaron (Athens) and Carnegie Hall. An oratorio – The Judas Passion (music by Sally Beamish) had its world premiere in London in August 2017. Subsequent performances were given in San Francisco. Harsent holds several fellowships, among them Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Fellow of the Hellenic Authors Society. In 2013 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Roehampton where he is now Professor of Creative Writing.