A Reading of Irish Women Poets in Barcelona

Featured image is © Conchita Catalan: “llums al Café de las Delicias”

Barcelona Poetry Reading and Fired! Irish Women Poets and the Canon

A Barcelona poetry reading held yesterday in the Café de les Delicíces combined performances by local poets and translators with a tribute to historical Irish women poets. in response to the Fired! initiative. Poems performed in English, Spanish and Catalan were received with great acclaim by an enthusiastic audience of local poetry lovers, several of whom joined in to read their own poems. Discussions initiated during the session were still in full force when the café closed its doors just past 11.30 and continued around the corner at the popular Monroe bar in the Filmoteca until the employees of that establishment too decided to lock up and go home, it being a work night for many.

José Luis Regojo, translator of Gary Snyder’s poetry and essays in Spanish and Catalan, and editorial board member of the digital magazine Poémame opened the reading with four of his translations, each followed by the original English version. He prefaced his performance with a discourse on the history of exclusion and denigration of women in the world of Spanish language poetry, as recently discussed in an article in the digital newspaper El Español Three other local poets (Francesca Castaño, Kymm Coveney and Dick Edelstein) then read their poems, mostly in English, a few accompanied by a translation in Catalan or Spanish. Following a break, Inés Caravia closed the featured reading session with a superbly delivered and  highly illuminating reading of four poems by the historic Irish women poets Freda Laughton and Geraldine Plunkett Dillon. The enthusiastic applause to each of the poems showed that all were well received by the audience, who greatly appreciated Inés’s well-rehearsed and dramatic interpretations. The good mood continued as several audience members joined in an open mic session with many poems in Catalan and Spanish that also found favor with the audience, most of whom continued drinking and discussing well after the reading finished.

Featured image is © Anna Muñoz: “llums al Café de las Delicias”

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