20 MARCH 2019

Funded by the Language Acts and World Making project & supported by Queen Mary University of London Arts and Culture.

Reveries about Language’ is the first in a series of immersive live performances conceived as part of the multilingual poetry project ‘Unbound’. ‘Reveries’ is imagined as a multitude of sonic, visual and textual ‘promenades’ inviting the public to immerse themselves in the multi-sensorial experiences of poetry in English, French and Croatian. These multimedia poetry performances aim to show how the spoken word, sound and image can interact in an innovative way to create a series of ‘unbound’ or free expressions.

Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani Mina Ray reading poem ‘Migrant. multilingual’

The evening began with a 50 min performance, followed by the book launch of Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani Mina Ray’s poetry collection Reveries about language and refreshments.  The evening closed with a 20 min conversation between Catherine Boyle, Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani Mina Ray and the rest of the creative team.




7:30 pm: Performance
8:15 pm: Book Launch & Refreshments
8:40 pm: Catherine Boyle in conversation with Alo Allik, Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani Mina Ray, Pierre Elliott, Robert Šantek and Emily-Céline Thomson

Creative Team:
Alo Allik: Sound Artist
Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani Mina Ray: Co-director, Poet; Reader (Croatian, French, English); Voice on pre-recorded poems
Catherine Boyle: Co-director
Pierre Elliott: Reader (French, English)
Emily-Céline Thomson: Reader (French, English)
Jalal Sawalmeh: Voice in Arabic
Robert Šantek: Reader (Croatian, French, English)

From left to right: Robert Šantek, Emily-Céline Thomson, Catherine Boyle, Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani Mina Ray, Pierre Elliott, Alo Allik.

Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani (pen name: Mina Ray) is a multilingual poet born in Zagreb. She has lived and worked in London since 1995. Her poetry has been published in the UK, Canada, France and Croatia. Jasmina has a doctorate (PhD) in Francophone literary and cultural studies. She has given a number of conference papers in her subject area, both nationally and internationally, and has published several academic articles and reviews in her field. She is the author of the multilingual poetry project ‘Unbound’ across the UK, Croatia, France and Belgium. Twitter: @minabolfek | Fb: minaray/unbound17/

Alo Allik is an Estonian sound artist who has performed his live coded electronic music and generative computer graphics throughout the world. His aesthetically and geographically restless lifestyle has enabled him to traverse a diverse range of musical worlds including DJing electronic dance music, live electronic jam sessions, electroacoustic composition, free improvisation and audiovisual performances. Alo is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London since 2015.

Catherine Boyle is Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies at King’s College London. She has been published widely on Latin American culture, theatre and performance and women’s writing and gender. She is a translator of Latin American theatre and poetry. Catherine Boyle is the Principal Investigator forLanguage Acts and Worldmakingand the project’s strand lead for Translation Acts.

Pierre Elliott is an actor and a native French speaker based in London. He has recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has worked with BBC4 radio since then.

Robert Šantek is a freelance voice-over artist and radio host at Yammat FM radio, Zagreb, Croatia. Parallel to his voice acting in television, animated movies and commercials he has worked as a translator, interpreter and as screen writer for television gameshows. He grew up bilingual (Croatian and German) and is fluent in French and English. In his free time he sings in the Early Music Consort “Otium”.

Emily-Céline Thomson trained at Guildhall school of Music and Drama on a three-year acting course, and also graduated with distinction and a first class degree in French and Drama from Bristol University. She is half French, but has been brought up and lived in London for most of her life after her family moved here.