bievre_0.jpg(image: missing river of Paris, the Bièvre)

Following her period as Poet in Residence, at Les Récollets, Paris in 2014, Zoë Skoulding returns to Paris to perform some of her work from that period at la Maison de la Poésie.

1st of April, 2016, 19h, Maison de la Poésie.

With Sian Melangell Dafydd (Creative Writing, AUP) and Cathy Heyden (saxophone)

Video and sound: Alan Holmes

Photography: Ben Stammers

Pas se noyant mais ensevelie / le corps perdu toujours / le sien toujours innocent / déjà crasseux son / bras de vie absent du bras / mort soulevant le poids / hydraulique pour nourrir les moulins / détournés dans les égouts

Zoë Skoulding followed the route of the Bièvre, an affluent of the Seine which has today disappeared. Following, therefore, the streets of Paris and literature, her journey follows the traces of what is no longer visible.

She presents, also, the story of a second hidden river where she lives, in Wales, the Adda. Early this year, with poet, Siân Melangell Dafydd and a group of local people who remembered the river when it flowed, they traced the path of the Adda.

Between these two rivers, she asks questions about listening to rivers and the futures of cities.

An event organized with the support of Bangor University ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, l’Institut Français and the City of Paris.

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To read more of Zoë Skoulding’s Teint: for the Bièvre / pour la Bièvre, trad. from English by Jean Portante, Hafan Books, 2016 click here.

Siân Melangell Dafydd is Professor of Creative Writing at the American University of Paris, Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, England and author of prize-winning Y Trydydd Peth, a novel following the life of a man who believes he owns the river Dee, Wales.  More here.