Thursday, March 5, 2009

Washington Meets Wales

To get a jump-start on this year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival, one of the cultural highlights of the summer, check out Washington Meets Wales, a literary event this month.

From March 18-24, five Welsh writers are coming to D.C. for a week-long celebration of contemporary Welsh literature. Wales will be one of the countries featured this June and July at the Folklife Festival.

Writers Tom Anderson, Catrin Dafydd, Fflur Dafydd, Eurig Salisbury and Owen Sheers will be performing and discussing that work at Busboys and Poets, Marymount University Campus CafĂ© and The Writers’ Center in Bethesda. Workshops and discussions will be held at George Washington University, American University and the British School of Washington. The writers will combine poetry, prose and music and there will also be an opportunity to hear some of the work read in Welsh as well as English.

A highlight is a poetry slam on March 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St., NW. The Welsh writers will be joined by D.C. poets Ethelbert Miller, Kyle Dargan and Fred Joiner.

Visit the web site for more information and an events schedule.

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