European Poetry Festival : Winter 2021

The European Poetry Festival bursts back into live life with 7 events in 10 days in venues across London. Over 25 poets from across the continent come to the UK to collaborate and perform with British and Britain-based writers. Celebrating poetry across styles and languages, and pushing innovation, this is a welcome chance to see poets from beyond the UK presenting new works, made for the festival. 

OPEN is one of the festival venues. Please join us for a celebration of Norwegian Poetry. Visiting contemporary Norwegian poets present brand new performance collaborations with British-based counterparts.

Tuesday 23 November


Free entry

Venue: OPEN Ealing Unit 14 School Lane Dickens Yard Ealing W5 2TD


As well as a celebration of a new generation of Norwegian poets and their work this event is also a unique showcase of collaboration. We’ll be able to enjoy poetry performance across languages, styles and cultures.

These are the performance collaboration created by the organisers:

Endre Ruset & Harry Man
Bjørn Vatne & Richard Marshall
Jon Ståle Ritland & JT Welsch
Maren Nygård & Susie Campbell
Silje Ree & Maria Celina Val

Plus solo and collaborative readings from many more poets to be announced, including
Chris McCabe, Tamar Yoseloff and Alison Gill, Chris Kerr and more

Harry Man and Endre Ruset have written a book of poems in memory of the attacks in Norway in 2011. They will launch their anthology Utøya Thereafter : Poems in Memory of the 2011 Norway Attacks during this event. You can purchase a copy from Hercules Editions by clicking on this link

Other events already confirmed

You can find out more information about all the events and poets who are performing by clicking on the links

Swiss Poetry at Rich Mix, London : Saturday 20 November

Norwegian Poetry at OPEN Ealing : Tuesday 23 November

Swedish Poetry at Town House, Kingston University : Thursday 25 November

Slovenian Poetry at Iklectik Artlab, London : Saturday 27 November

Latvian Poetry at Goethe Institut : Monday 29 November

Austrian Poetry at Austrian Cultural Forum, London : Tuesday 30 November

The organisers plan to add more events and will announce more poets too. Keep checking their website for news updates.

It’s free to attend any European Poetry Festival event. We look forward to welcoming you to OPEN.

Please reserve your seat early to avoid the disappointment of missing out on a great event.