Óvinir is an ambitious collaborative poetry project, pairing writers from both Iceland and the UK to create brand new works for readings in London and Reykjavík. Curated by Steven J. Fowler and Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir and supported by Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature and the Icelandic Literature Centre, Óvinir will evidence the best of both Icelandic and British 21st century literary and avant-garde writing, and the powerful potential of collaboration to bring together communities of poets and create dynamic new pieces of literature.
The final event will take place in London at the Rich Mix centre on January 30th at 20:00 (doors open 19:30 – free entry), featuring, as the core cross-nation collaborating poets:
Joanna Walsh & Andri Snær Magnason
SJ Fowler & Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir
Hannah Silva & Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl
Jack Underwood & Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir
Inua Ellams & Vahni Capildeo
Lucy Furlong & Sarah Dawson
The London event will also premiere three new collective collaborations from Kingston University poets (Mohammed Al-Houti, Alex Brinded, Jo Longley, Karly Stilling & Raif Mansell), The Mondo Group (Rose Ades, JohnCanfield, Susie Campbell, Joe Turrent and Eileen Daly) and The Language Art Group (Valeria Fioretti, Ana Lucia Beck, Suzie Champion, Ella Frears, Claudia Juhre, Sarah Kelly, Jacinta Lynch, Lavinia Singer, Simone Gilson & Iris Colomb).