Instituto Cervantes in Manchester and Leeds presents the poetry of Beatriz Chivite in an online conversation with Lecturer Gorka Mercero (University of Liverpool). An event in which her poetic career will be reviewed and poems will be read in Basque, along with her translations into Spanish and English.
About the panellists:
Beatriz Chivite is from Pamplona and has studied Chinese Philology and Oriental Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and completed her second year at Beijing University. Taking her experience in China as a starting point, she wrote her first book of poems: El humo de Beijing (2017, Pamiela). In 2014, she won the XXV Ernestina Champourcín Poetry Contest with the book of poems Metro (2014, Diputación Foral de Álava). With the latter, in 2015, Chivite also won the Lauaxeta Poetry Prize of the Provincial Council of Vizcaya. In 2016 she was translated into Spanish by Papeles Mínimos and, also, received the Youth Prize from the Government of Navarre and also won the same year the Blas de Otero Poetry Competition with her book Biennale (2017, Erein).
Gorka Mercero has been a lecturer in Basque Studies at the University of Liverpool since 2014. He has published articles in journals, book chapters and a monograph on the different ways of understanding national and individual identities between the two poles of modern essentialism and postmodernist anti-essentialism perceived in the work of several contemporary writers in Basque: Bernardo Atxaga, Ramon Saizarbitoria, Anjel Lertxundi, etc.