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Antonella Bukovaz is originally from Topolò, a village on the Italian-Slovenian border, in the Natisone valleys. Poetry collections include Tatuaggi (LietoColle, 2006) and Storia di una donna che guarda al dissolversi di un paesaggio that won the Antonio Delfini Award in 2009. Bukovaz is interested in the interactions between word, sound and image producing videopoesia and video-audio installation. Bukovaz was the Crystal Vilenica award winner in 2017.

Bogusia Wardein is from Poland. Her first published piece of poetry was nominated for the Forward Prize in 2013. Since then fifty of her poems have appeared in publications internationally, including the anthology  Hallelujah for 50ft Women  (Bloodaxe, 2015), described as a “great collection of poems from some of the best women writing today.” In 2018 she won the New Zealand Poetry Society competition and performed her work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Kateryna Kalytko is an award-winning writer and translator, and PEN Ukraine member. Kalytko is considered one of the most powerful voices of the Ukrainian younger literary generation. She is the author of nine books, including seven poetry volumes. Her latest collection Bunar has been highly praised by critics and was named among the ten most important books of 2018 in Ukraine.


This event will be chaired by Lorna Shaughnessy, a poet and translator who lectures in Hispanic Studies in NUI Galway. She has published three collections of poetry (Torching the Brown River, Witness Trees and Anchored) with Salmon Poetry and is working on her fourth collection.