New Zealand poet David Howard will participate in the “Poetic Microphone”

On Town Day (September 8), Ulyanovsk libraries offer to visit the Karamzin Garden Square to take part in the “Poetical Microphone” action and interactive playgrounds.

Opening hours – at 2:00 P.M.

The program of the event “Four Simbirsk Men of Genius: a Window to the World” is dedicated to Simbirsk authors – Nikolay Karamzin, historian, Ivan Goncharov, writer, Sergey Aksakov, writer and critic, and Dmitry Minayev, writer. The contribution made by the above writers to literature will be brought to notice by Sergei Gogin, poet and journalist, Antonina Vasilyevna Lobkareva, Senior Fellow of History and Memorial Museum Center, named after I. A. Goncharov.

David Howard, a poet from Dunedin, New Zealand, a second participant of writers’ residency under the “Ulyanovsk UNESCO Literary City” program”, will be a special guest of the event. He will read a few pieces of poetry and go public about the literary traditions of his country. Not only the author’s original texts can be heard but also their translations into Russian (translated by Sergei Gogin, Gala Uzryutova). David Howard is author of six books, participant of several international writers” residencies, editor of various publications, including those dedicated to Russian authors. His works were translated into European languages while the book “The Ones Who Keep Quiet” made the list of the world’s best books according to The New Zealand Listener journal. His literary awards are inclusive of Mid-Career Writers' Award (2009), poetic prize of South Pacific University (2011) and scholarship of the Robert Burns University of Otago (2013).

According to David Howard, in Ulyanovsk, he aims to work at the texts, associated with the city, while the incidental music will be written by Sofya Philyanina, a local composer. Besides, the author will take part in the opening of “Lipki”, International Forum of Young Writers and the “Literary Trolleybus” event in Ulyanovsk. Furthermore, everyone interested will be able to make small talk with the writer and ask him questions at the final presentation in the end of September.