Adrian Perera at Transpoesie 2020

Hungarian Cultural Institute Balassi
Photograph of a young man with glasses, wearing a coat and scarf. He stands against a dimly lit winter landscape, and is looking into the camera.
Adrian Perera. Image: Niklas Sandström.

The TRANSPOESIE poetry festival is organised for the tenth consecutive year by EUNIC Brussels, the European Union National Institutes for Culture based in the Belgian capital. This year, the reading events will go virtual in hybrid events – sharing European poetry to audiences around the world.

The institute brings Adrian Perera to this year’s edition of Transpoeise.

Adrian Perera is a Finland Swedish author born in 1986. Perera made his debut in 2017 with “White Monkey” (Förlaget), a book of poetry. In 2019 he published his first novel “Mamma” (Förlaget). A sequel to the novel – titled “Pappa” was published in the autumn 2020.

Perera will be featured in the event TRANSCENDENTAL JOURNEYS on the 30th of September, with a video of his poetry reading filmed by Oscar Lehtinen. The event will take on a hybrid form of a live as well on-line event. For more information on the event and how to register, see below.

Additionally, Perera’s poem 38. will be seen in the public transport campaign, which kicks off in Brussels on the 15th of September. Catch his poem on your daily commute!

Adrian Perera's performance and participation was made possible with the support of Svenska kulturfonden.


Logo banner for Transpoesie 2020, 30th September event.


Wednesday September 30 at 8 pm CEST
Live/Zoom/social media
In partnership with MAISON DU LIVRE

The second reading event for the tenth edition of TRANSPOESIE follows with six poets – voices that invites you on a transcendental journey of the spirit. The poets tell tales of urban and rural spaces through small moments of time. Each poet shares their work in their consecutive languages, with translations available.

Celebrate poetry from around Europe – and hear from our poets:

Miren Agur Meabe – Basque Country Region A poet whose prose addresses adults as well as children, Meabe is an award-winning and widely translated creative. She has been in residency at the IMO in New York, and worked with international translations at Simon island. Meabe has been a corresponding member of the Basque Academy since 2006.

Jaromír Typlt – Czech Republic As a poet that has moved from surrealist understandings of poetry to live performances, music, and visual arts, Typlt has worked with words in different forms, and continuously explores the limits of language within his creative work. He has worked as a curator of two art galliers in Liberec and worked as an artist-in-residence at the Collège néerlandais in Paris.

Adrian Perera – Finland A prominent commentator and award-winning writer, Perera made his debut in 2017 with his first poetry collection. Later he followed with two works of prose focusing on the inner workings of family dynamics and identities. As a Finland Swedish writer, Perera writes and performs his work in Swedish.

Lia Sturua – Georgia The prolific and award-winning poet Sturua has authored over 15 books of prose and poetry. Sturua made her entry into Georgian poetry showing a mastery of free verse, which has its origins in Georgia’s early hymnography. A lecturer, researcher and writer, Sturua currently worked as a literature consultant at the Galaktion Tabidze House Museum.

Stephen Sexton – Northern Ireland A productive and creative voice, Sexton has been widely published in Europe and the US, had has authored several award-winning poems and poetry collections. Asides from his poetry, Sexton has contributed to documentaries on BBC Radio Four and been featured on BBC Radio Three, and has performed his work from Athens to San Francisco.

Josep Pedrals – Spain An award-winning and dedicated poet approaching the form from several angles, Pedrals writes investigative books in the genre, professionally recites poetry, lectures on poetry in courses and conferences, disseminates and publicizes poetry in various media, and has organised all kinds of poetic celebrations. Aditionally, he sets lyrics to music by various composers, helps expand the theatrical dimension of verses, and writes verses for the plays of others.

Moderator: Kriticos Mwansa

You can take part in the event on-line or in a live screening on-site at the Hungarian Cultural Institute Balassi, Treurenberg 10, 1000 Brussels. Please note that there is limited seating and hygienic measurements for public safety will be in place.

Pre-registration to the live event at the Balassi Institute is required. Register for the event here:

All events are filmed and shared live on social media. Follow us on @transpoesie to find out more.


For 10 years TRANSPOESIE has celebrated language diversity, inspired by the European Day of Languages marked on the 26th of September every year. This year’s edition will include poets from 26 countries, sharing poetry in their native languages internationally, with translations.

Catch all of the Transpoesie events – for more information follow the links below:

HEAR THE WOMEN CALL - Wednesday 23 September 2020 at 8 pm (CEST), in partnership with VERSOPOLIS

TRANSCENDENTAL JOURNEYS - Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 8 pm (CEST), in partnership with LA MAISON DU LIVRE

TAKING THE STAGE - Wednesday 7 October 2020 at 8 pm (CEST), in partnership with BALAASSI

SONG OF THE PAST - Wednesday 14 October 2020 at 8 pm (CEST), in partnership with MUNTPUNT