Wednesday 12.10 at 6pm at Arkadia: Under Northern Skies: prizewinning poets from Scotland and Finland

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to Under Northern Skies: prizewinning poets from Scotland and Finland on Wednesday 12.10 at 6pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

Dear friend of Arkadia,

Tom, Chrys, Donald and Pekka read poems for pleasure. Donald and Pekka will read their poems in bilingual English-Finnish versions.


Warm regards,


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Tom Pow’s Dear Alice, Narratives of Madness won the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Poetry Book of the Year in 2009, the same year In The Becoming – New and Selected Poems was published. In Another World – Among Europe’s Dying Villages, his exploration in prose, poetry and photography, of rural Europe’s demographic crisis, was published in 2012 ( His latest poetry collections are A Wild Adventure – Thomas Watling, Dumfries Convict Artist (Polygon, 2014) and Concerning the Atlas of Scotland and Other Poems (Polygon and National Library of Scotland, 2014). Recolectores de Nueces (The Walnut Gatherers), a bi-lingual selection of poems, translated by Jorge Fondebrider (La Joplin, Mexico), was published in October 2015 and At The Well of Love (Mariscat Press), poems written while a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow last year, appeared in February 2016. He has also written widely for children. His latest children’s book is Sixteen String Jack and The Garden of Adventure (Birlinn Children’s 2015) (

Donald Adamson is a widely published poet and translator, dividing time between Scotland and Pispala. His awards include the Radio Clyde/ Glasgow University Poetry Prize, 1985, and first prize in the Herald Millennium Competition, 1999. He has also been a prizewinner in the McCash Scots Poetry Competition, 2014 and in the Margaret Reid /Tom Howard Competition, 2016. His own collections include From Coiled Roots (2014, IDP) and Glamourie (2015, IDP). His translations of the Finnish poet Eeva Kilpi were published by Arc Publications in 2014.
‘I was bowled over… It’s difficult to single out poems: the complexity and quality of many are so good.’ (RT Felton, in South Magazine, reviewing From Coiled Roots)
‘He writes with the confidence of a poet who knows how words work… throughout he hooks the reader into human experience.’ (Charlie Gracie, in Northwords, reviewing Glamourie)

Chrys Salt has authored four full poetry collections and four pamphlet collections. Work has been performed on Radios 3 and 4 read by Chrys and others, UK wide, in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Finland and India. Among other awards and residences she has been the recipient of a National Media Award (CRS) New Writing Bursary (English Arts Council) Work Development Grant (Scottish Arts Council) a Fringe First (Edinburgh Festival) and won an Arts and Business Award in her capacity as Artistic Director of The Bakehouse, Galloway in 2012. The Burning was selected as one of the 20 Best Scottish Poems in the same year. In 2014 Weaver of Grass was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, she received Creative Scotland Bursary to finish her last collection Dancing on a Rock (Pub: IDP) and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to The Arts.

Pekka Kytömäki is a Finnish poet and translator living in Tampere. His poems are wry, off-beat and aphoristic, encompassing the humour and poignancy of daily life. After receiving an honourable mention in the Pirkanmaa Writing Competition in 2014 (for unpublished work), his first collection of poems (Ei talvikunnossapitoa, ‘No upkeep in winter’) was published by Sanasato in 2015. The collection went on to win the Tampere City Literary Award (2016). The judges called it ‘a pure diamond’. Writing in Aamulehti, Matti Kuusela referred to it as ‘this autumn’s most enjoyable poetry collection, never wasting a word’. A second collection (Valo pilkkoo pimeää, ‘The light divides the darkness’) is due out from Sanasato later this year.