“Ivy Alvarez is here on a visit from New Zealand where she now lives, so this is a good chance to see and hear her and Natasha, who is a rising star on the Welsh poetry scene.”
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“In my role as BWF’s program coordinator I got to reunite with old friends, like Brenton McKenna, Dr Anita Heiss, Trent Jamieson and David Burton, and make new ones. It was a great honour to rub shoulders with the likes of Craig Munro, Jonathan Galassi, Sjon, and Ivy Alvarez. It’s often hard to balance life in the arts with personal creation of new work, but BWF always reignites me. Hearing from so many talented, diverse and gifted authors reminds me of the ways reading can transport you.” —Megan McGrath
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“I’ve seen people in tears at these readings,” said Ms Alvarez. “The subject matter can be very triggering.”
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Two highlights of this year’s Festival include a Masterclass with Ivy Alvarez, ‘Poems that Pack Punch’, on the afternoon of Friday, October 2nd.
“Ivy has a very strong international reputation and we are thrilled to offer the chance to learn from one of the best,” Mr Hindrum said.
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“In my own writing I’ve enjoyed that kind of strangeness; I’ve often enjoyed the feeling of being an outsider, and I realise there are often some traumas and delights in that.
…I think poetry flies too far under the radar [in Western culture, for repercussions]. And I am privileged in that way, that I don’t have to kowtow to commercial concerns and change what I want to say in my poetry. I know a lot of people don’t have that privilege, so I feel similarly lucky.”
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