Congratulations to Time & Space Residency & Estuary artist Caroline Bergvall! Caroline spent time here at Chalkwell Hall developing her powerful vocal work Raga Dawn for Estuary Festival.
Following on from her success earlier this year with the Society of Authors’ Cholmondeley Awards for Poets, Caroline Bergvall was presented with the inaugural Prix Bernard Heidsieck-Centre Pompidou, funded by the Fondazione Bonotto, which distinguishes an author for a recent literary creation conceived outside the book.
The prize was awarded on the opening night of a new festival, Extra! celebrating “Littératures Hors du Livre” (non-book literature). With this new event, the Centre Pompidou will be highlighting the varied forms adopted by literature. The Centre Pompidou has created the Prix Bernard Heidsieck-Centre Pompidou, the first prize to acclaim the best authors and works in this enlarged literary field. It is named after Bernard Heidsieck (1928-2014) in tribute to the poet described as the “Goncourt of sound poetry and non-book literature”.
On announcing the prize President of the Center Pompidou, Serge Lasvignes, said “As the Extra! Festival opens, with this very first presentation of the Bernard Heidsieck-Centre Pompidou literary prize, I am particularly happy that Caroline Bergvall’s work has been acclaimed by the jury, chaired this year by Jean-Jacques Lebel. The power of Caroline Bergvall’s poetic and sonic creation comes from her work on languages, which gives her output an incomparable dimension. We are struck by the singularity of her broken, dislocated words and phrasing”.
Caroline is currently in the research and development stage of a new multi-disciplinary work, Sonic Atlas, with a team of musicians and scholars. An aspect of this new piece will be shared as a work in progress at the Southbank Centre this autumn, during the 50th anniversary of Poetry International, and as part of King’s College London’s Arts & Humanities festival. These events take place between October 14th and October 17th.