To celebrate the 13th Anniversary of the Transpoesie Festival,

the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels,

the Welsh Government EU Office and The Channel Islands Brussels Office

invite you to join us for a

Lunchtime Poetry Reading

with four poets featured in this year's Transpoesie Festival

Wednesday 27th September 2023 @ 12:00

Elizabeth McGeown

Elizabeth McGeown is a Pushcart-nominated poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has work published in journals including Banshee, Poetry Wales and Under the Radar. She is the 2022 UK Slam Champion and was longlisted in the Saboteur Awards 2022 for ‘Best Spoken Word Performer’. She won the Cúirt International Festival of Literature: Spoken Word Platform 2019 and the Cursed Murphy Spoken Word Prize 2019. Her first poetry collection 'Cockroach' was published by Verve Poetry Press in summer 2022.

Hanan Issa

Hanan Issa is a Welsh-Iraqi poet, filmmaker, and artist. Hanan is the current National Poet of Wales and 2022-2023 Hay Festival International Fellow. Her publications include her poetry collection My Body Can House Two Hearts and Welsh Plural: Essays on the Future of Wales. Her winning monologue With Her Back Straight was performed at the Bush Theatre as part of the Hijabi Monologues. She was the recipient of the 2020 Ffilm Cymru/ BBC Wales commission for her short film The Golden Apple.

Trudie Shannon

Trudie Shannon is a Guernsey born poet and artist. She started writing poetry aged nine and has never stopped. Her poetry is founded upon her emotional responses to her world and the diverse things that populate it. Trudie writes open verse so there are no restrictions, no boundaries. She describes herself as a storyteller dressed as a poet. Trudie has published two collections of her work: Beside The Water and Between The Tides, both combining words and images. She has been both long listed and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and has performed her work in Guernsey and on local radio, in the UK and in France.

Martha MacDonald

Martha MacDonald is a satirical columnist, comedic playwright, sketch writer, viral stand-up poet from Jersey, Channel Islands. Martha is also a Funny Women Content Creator Award finalist. Martha began freelancing mid-pandemic, and soon gained traction online with her comedy poetry videos on topical subjects and the woes of internalised capitalism. A credited writer for BBC show ‘DMs are open’, as well as a commissioned playwright for Jersey Arts Centre, Martha boasts an impressive and creative background. She is currently working towards sharing her talents with audiences across the UK, touring her debut show ‘Shell’.


Northern Ireland Executive Office - 180 Chaussée d’Etterbeek 1040 Brussels

Lunch will be served after the reading

The TRANSPOESIE poetry festival is organised by EUNIC and celebrates multilingualism by bringing poetry in as many languages as possible to Brussels. This year Transpoesie will amplify female voices in European poetry in joining the celebration of Art Nouveau, creating a series of unforgettable events, featuring female poets from all over Europe.

Transpoesie 2023 Taking Back the Stage Festival

Transpoesie is not just about stage performances or taking back the public space. It’s about bringing people together to experience the magic of poetry in a unique and unforgettable way. The festival celebrates the power of words, the beauty of nature, and the vital role that women play in shaping our society and the world.

As part of the Festival, Elizabeth McGeown will be performing at the Italian Cultural Institute along with Angelica Liddell (Spain) Olympia (Italy) Imogen Stirling (Scotland) Hanan Issa (Wales) and Juana Adcock (Mexico) on Wedneday 27 September at 19:00. Registration and information here.
Elizabeth will also participate in a lunch debate with Lizar Begoña (Basque Country) Jurgita Jasponytė (Lithuania) Stina Inga (Sweden - Sápmi) at the Maison Hannon, 1 Avenue de la Jonction at1060 Brussels, on Thursday 28 September from 12:30 to 13:30. Free entrance.