October 29, 2017

December 4, 2017 Feature: Venika Hartlyn

Venika Hartlyn is a young Czech singer-songwriter and pianist living in Olomouc. She is interested in popular music both as a performer and also as the postgraduate student of musicology at the Palackého University. Before she started composing her own material around her twenties, she used to perform covers of her favourite artists like Carole King or Hanson. She mostly play solo, but had a few gigs with a band and one of them took place in Jazz Tibet Club in Olomouc.


www.venikahartlyn.cz 


Location: The ACT Prague. Na Kralovce 7, Vršovice, Prague 10
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October 26, 2017

November 6, 2017: Susanne Kass

Susanne Kass is an intermedia artist working with text, performance, video and sound. Her main fields of interest are language and communication. She has a BA in Media Culture from the former Swedish Polytechnic in Finland and an MA from the Novia University of Applied Sciences and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. She has participated in exhibitions and festivals in Finland, Germany, Australia and Mexico and lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.
Followed by Open mic poetry, prose, music and mayhem.
So good it will make your head explode.
Location: The ACT Prague.

October 2, 2017 feature: Debbie Liebenberg

Debbie is a Freelance English teacher for adults and a journalist for Ya-Ty Magazine. She is also an award-winning Toastmaster as she has won numerous ‘Best speaker’ awards as well as the trophy for second place in English improvised speaking where she represented the Bohemian Toastmaster’s Club in the 2016 Toastmaster’s Division L Conference in Bratislava. As the founder and chair of Scribbles & Giggles, a creative writing group in Prague, Debbie encourages writers to exercise their writing muscles and engage their creativity through creative writing exercises.

June 6, 2017

John Domini - July 10, 2017

Monday, July 10 (second Monday!) 7-9:30pm

NEW VENUE: Hybernská 4, Prague 1, (City Arts Complex of Charles University)
 
John Domini has earned rare praise for his new set of short stories, MOVIEOLA!  (Dzanc Books). Critics are calling it “the smartest kind of fun” and “a glory.” The book offers a romp through the cineplex of the moviemaker’s mind, in which the usual heroes, the superman or the assassin or the sports star, are trotted out for various dry runs. We recognize the story outlines, but we’ve never seen them so twisted. Domini also has two other story collections in print, and three novels. He's well-known in the US, with a number of awards, as well as criticism and journalism in many journals, including the New York Times. He has taught at at Harvard, Northwestern, and elsewhere, and as a performer, he keep things lively. Q & A afterward, and more information at www.johndomini.com.

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April 2, 2015

13 April: David Vaughan on Elizabeth Jane Weston

Please note: this event takes place at 7.30pm on 13 April 2015 at the Swan Divadelni Klub in Divadlo Kolowrat, Ovocny Trh 6, Praha 1

 David Vaughan is a broadcaster, journalist and university lecturer. He is author of the book "Battle for the Airwaves" on the role of the media in the run-up to WWII. For eight years he was editor-in-chief of Radio Prague, the international service of Czech Radio, and prior to that he was the Prague correspondent of the BBC.

He has won national and international awards for his radio work. His documentary novel "Slyšte můj hlas" (Hear My Voice) was serialized by Czech Radio in 2013 and has just been published.

David has produced a number of fascinating documentaries for Czech Radio and the BBC on literary figures from Bohemia. Tonight he will be talking about the young British poet Elizabeth Jane Weston, who accompanied the alchemists Edward Kelley and John Dee to the court of Rudolf II in the late 1500s, and who is buried in St Thomas's church in Mala Strana.




February 25, 2015

Tzvi Shmilovich (Monday 2 March)

Tzvi was born sometime in the 20th century in Transylvania. When that latter-day Dracula, Ceausescu, let his Jews go for $5000 per capita deposited into his Swiss bank accounts by American Jewish Organisations, Tzvi migrated to Israel.  Growing up there he saw wars. Loved, and loved to hate, that tiny strip of land and the Israeli paradox that can cause claustrophobia, neuroses and severe delusions.

Following the completion of a Fine Arts course of studies he fled the Levant, and moved west. Then further west. Lived in Europe, Nigeria, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Sierra Foothills. Was married. Then was not. Painted, taught, exhibited art; inflicted on galleries and communities doodles and baffling (to himself included) conceptual art. Sculpted celebrated commemorative medals for numismatics and minting companies. Sweated, bled and shed tears creating businesses that fed the gargantuan American appetite for decorative nicknacks. Was an OK businessman but a lousy self-promoter when it came to everything else. During a broken heart episode he wandered into a local drama class and fell for the theatre. Performed here and there; did and does theatre & film.

Oh, yeah; he also commits poetry.  Once upon a time he published the celebrated - by those who celebrated it - collection 'Out Of Here'. Even his father liked some of them ( his English is bad. he doesn't read poetry). The poems made it into some literary journals, the names of which will not be disclosed here. Currently resides in Prague with a few spiders. From his small fifth floor studio apartment he can catch a glimpse of the tip of the Prague castle. 

February 8, 2015

Tracey Rosenberg

Photograph by Chris Scott, for Scottish Poetry Library
Tracey S. Rosenberg grew up in the Chicago suburbs. After earning the first of her degrees in English Literature, she spent quite a while plotting a permanent move overseas. Eventually she settled in Scotland. She’s travelled to 32 countries (using the criteria of the Travelers’ Century Club) and would like to reach 100.

In 2011, Cargo published her historical novel The Girl in the Bunker, which was a Scottish number one bestseller in its first week. It was selected for Scotland on Sunday’s Books of the Year.

She won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, and completed a full-length poetry collection. She’s published two poetry pamphlets: Lipstick is Always a Plus (Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2012) and The Naming of Cancer (Neon Books, 2014).

Tracey has become a regular performer on the Edinburgh spoken word scene and won the Luminate Slam in 2014. She also attended the Spoken Word workshop at the Banff Centre and returned to Canada the following November for a Very Small Poetry Tour in Toronto.

She has one cat, who she rescued from the streets of Fife, and one tattoo, which she got on a visit to Easter Island.

Entry is free to all - please let us know you are coming here

January 12, 2015

Hans Fellmann

Hans Fellmann is an American writer and English teacher living in Prague. Thus far, he has written one novel and two compilations – one of short stories and one of poems – all inspired by or based upon his travels around the world. He is currently writing a novel set in Turkmenistan, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2006 to 2008. He is also working on a new poetry compilation about his experiences in the Prague neighborhood of “Žižkov,” which is where he now calls home.

Before seriously dedicating himself to writing and traveling, he was a student at the University of California, San Diego. He earned a bachelor’s degree there in International Studies, with an emphasis in Middle Eastern politics and languages.

If you’re interested in reading his work, check out his blog, “Breaking the Seal” at www.hansfellmann.com. You can find further examples of his work in “The Prague Revue” and “The UCSD Guardian Newspaper.”

November 17, 2014

Alchemy Revolution Special 17/11/2014

On Monday 17 November it will be exactly a quarter of a century since the astonishing series of events which brought an end to Communist rule in Czechoslovakia. To celebrate this unique occasion, Alchemy is hosting a special evening of words and music and performance, led by Dr Gabriel Paletz, a writer and lecturer who teaches at Prague Film School.

The open mic will take place as normal, but we would be particularly pleased if our regular (and new) performers would consider presenting work with a revolutionary spirit!

October 8, 2014

Jane Williams

Unusually, October's Alchemy took place on the second Wednesday of the month, with the Australian poet Jane Williams as the featured reader.

Born in England in 1964, Jane lives in Tasmania with her partner Ralph Wessman. We are delighted that she has agreed to come, and we look forward to an evening of powerful readings.

Since the early 1990s, Jane's poems have been published in most major Australian literary journals and newspapers and in periodicals and online in countries including Ireland, USA, Canada, England, Japan, Sweden and India.

Her first collection, Outside Temple Boundaries, won the Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award in 1998. In 2005 she was awarded the D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship and the Bruce Dawe Prize for poems in her manuscript The Last Tourist which was published by Five Islands Press in 2006. A selection of her poetry Some Towns and other poems was published as a chap book by Picaro Press in 2007.

In 2008 her third book Begging the Question was published by Ginninderra Press.  City of Possibilities was published by Interactive Press in 2011 and received an Australian Council grant to fund an Australian reading tour. Her most recent book is Days Like These – selected and new poems 1998-2013, published by Interactive Press.