Šimkutė Lidija

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Lidija Šimkutė-Pocienė – poetess, translator.
She was born 24 January, 1942 in Krakės village, Skuodas district.
She spent her childhood in Oldenburg and other refugees camps in Germany. In 1949 she moved to Australia with her family. She finished Primary school and Gymnasium there. In 1962 she finished her studies at Gordon Technological Institute, Deakin University. She acquired a specialty of a dietitian and worked in several hospitals from 1964 till 2001 with short breaks. She started writing poems while she was still studying at school. During the years of 1973-1978 she studied Lithuanian language and literature, history and folklore at Institute of Lithuanian Languages in Chicago, USA (extramural studies). From 1977 till 1987 she attended Lithuanian language courses at Vilnius University. She writes in Lithuanian and English. Her debut in Lithuanian was in 1977 and her debut in English was in 1982. She is a member of South Australian Writers’ Center since 1992.
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 2004.

B i b l i o g r a p h y :
Antrasis ilgesys: poems. – Chicago (Ill.): A. Mackaus knygų leidybos fondas, 1978.
Prisiminimų inkarai: poems. – Chicago (Ill.): A. Mackaus knygų leidybos fondas, 1982.
Vėjas ir šaknys: poems. – Vilnius: Vaga, 1991.
Tylos erdvės = Spaces of silence: poems. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 1999.
Vėjo žvilgesys = Wind sheen: poems. – Vilnius: Petro ofsetas, 2003.
Iš toli ir arti = Z bliska i z daleka: poems (translation into Polish by S. Birgelis). – Puńsk: Aušra, 2003.
Mintis ir uola = Thought and Rock: poems. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2008.
Kažkas pasakyta = Something is said: poems. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2013.

B o o k s   i n   f o r e i g n   l a n g u a g e s :
Weisse Schatten = White shadows: poems (in German, translated by Ch. Loidl). – Wien: Edition Selene, 2000.
The Sun Paints a Sash: lakštas (in English). – Reading (Pa.): Red Pagoda Press, 2000.
想いと磐 = Thought and Rock: poems (in Japanese, translated by K. Yakushigawa). – Kyoto: Chikurinkan le dykla, 2014.

T r a n s l a t i o n s   f r o m   E n g l i s h :
D. Malouf. Įsivaizduojamas gyvenimas: novel. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2002.

C D s :
Tylos erdvės = Spaces of Silence. – 2004, music by: Hilde von Bingen & Eric Satie.
Vėjo žvilgesys = Wind Sheen. – 2006, music by: G.Sederavičius.
Balti Šešėliai = White Shadows. – 2008, music by: S. Šiaučiulis.
Klausykim vėjo = Listen to the Wind. – music by: B. Kovareč.
Mintis ir uola = Thought and Rock. – 2014, music by: A. Hustas.
Eglė Queen of the Serpents (translated and told). – music by: A. Smolskus.

A w a r d s :
2004 The poem “Mano tėvas” was included into the list of six best poems of this century during Australian poetry festival.

L i n k s :
Lidija Šimkutė website