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The Conversation and Verlangsamung des Herzschlags

Poetry readings by Jo Burns, Astrid Köhler and Emily Cooper

1 September - 30 September


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Images courtesy Jo Burns, Astrid Köhler and Emily Cooper

Images courtesy Jo Burns, Astrid Köhler and Emily Cooper

A series of readings and performances in Germany in September 2024 from two collaborative Irish-German projects. Firstly, the new German translation  by Astrid Köhler (Verlangsamung des Herzschlags, Ink Press) of Emily Cooper’s acclaimed debut Glass (originally published in English by Makina Books) and secondly, the collaborative collection The Conversation written between Ireland and Germany by Jo Burns and Emily Cooper, published in spring 2024 by Doire Press.

Born in Northern Ireland, Jo Burns lives in Germany. Jo’s poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies. Her awards include the McClure Poetry Prize (2017), the New Irish Writing in Germany Award (2018), the Magma Poetry Competition (2018), the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Award (2020), and the Listowel Writers Week Listal Competition (2020). Turas Press (Dublin) published her first collection White Horses and her second collection Brink.

Emily Cooper is an Irish poet based in Donegal. Her poetry and prose has been published widely in journals and anthologies and she has been awarded residencies by Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Greywood Arts, Cork; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, and the Irish Writers Centre. In 2019 she took part in Poetry Ireland’s Introductions series and was a recipient of the Next Generation Award from The Arts Council of Ireland. She is an editor for The Pig’s Back literary journal and her poetry debut Glass was published by Makina Books in 2021. The Conversation, a collaborative collection with Jo Burns, will be published by Doire Press in 2024.

Astrid Köhler grew up in Jena and Leipzig. She is a professor of German Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies at Queen Mary University of London. Her published translations include one work of Anglo-German biography and cultural history (James Bowman’s The Fortune Hunter: A German Prince in Regency England) and a volume of experimental prose-poetry (Abi Palmer, Sanatorium).


Curious Fox Books
Lausitzer Platz 17
10997 Berlin

Villa Ichon
Goetheplatz 4
28203 Bremen

Hessisches Literaturforum im Mousonturm
e.V. Waldschmidtstraße 4
60316 Frankfurt am Main

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