Modern Poetry in Translation at Winchester Poetry Festival, 7 – 9 October 2016

I’m really pleased that Modern Poetry in Translation magazine is a festival partner of Winchester Poetry Festival, and will be in residence at the festival, which is only weeks away.

MPT  has emailed subscribers details of some festival readings and events they’ve been working on so I thought I’d share them with you.  I hope you’ll be tempted to book tickets, if you haven’t already:

European Voices

Saturday 8th October, 17.30 – 18.45 | Winchester Discovery Centre – book tickets here.


Jan Wagner with Ian Galbraith, Tara Bergin, and Jane Draycott
Three distinguished poets with international perspectives read their work. Hear new poems by Jan Wagner in Iain Galbraith’s prizewinning translations and a new long poem by Jane Draycott which was written in response to the Dutch modernist poem ‘Awater’. Tara Bergin’s reading will include the response poem she wrote for MPT’s new first issue website, ‘Bachmann’s Warbler’.


Translation Duel

Saturday 8th October, 12.30 – 13.30 | Winchester Discover Centre – book tickets here.


Karen Leeder and Iain Galbraith, judged by Sasha Dugdale
Sharpen your sabres and rattle your rapiers for this translation duel between two of the UK’s top translators of German poetry. Karen Leeder and Iain Galbraith will be reading and discussing their translations of Raoul Schrott’s ‘Mitad del Mundo’, a poem-letter from the centre of the world. We’ll be asking for your opinions, too!


Children’s Poetry from around the World

Saturday 8th October, 10.00 – 11.00 | Winchester Discover Centre – book tickets here.

With Shelley Boden
Join Shelley Boden to explore children’s poetry from around the world! Access consultant Shelley will be using the education pack she designed for MPT’s children’s issue as the basis for a session which uses all the senses to explore world poetry. She’ll be looking at moon hares and Mexican ghosts. This session is aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 10.


The Complete Works

Sunday 9th October, 15.15 – 16.15 | Winchester Discovery Centre – book tickets here.

With Inua Ellams, Sarah Howe and Kei Miller
Join three enormously talented poets associated with The Complete Works, a national development programme for advanced Black and Asian poets. Introduced by Programme Director, Nathalie Teitler.


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