Today is World Poetry Day but if you're involved in poetry in any way, every day is a poetry day, isn't it? My social media feeds are mostly jammed with posts about Brexit but some poetry has seeped through, sometimes about Brexit. I like this poem by Laxinx actor and writer Guido Garcia Luechas which … Continue reading World Poetry Day
Day Two of Winchester Poetry Festival started in the Children's Library at Winchester Discovery Centre. MPT Editor Sasha Dugdale and Access consultant Shelley Boden ran a session which introduced children to poetry (for children) in translation, "Poems from different countries can tell you things in a different way," Sasha told the young participants. "When you read … Continue reading Winchester Poetry Festival Diary: What isn’t translation?
I had an amazing day at the Queen's College, Oxford on Saturday, 14th May, taking part in Modern Poetry in Translation's Study Day to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the magazine. In the morning participants could choose two, from eight, workshops, then there was a break for lunch (and delicious it was, too). It was extremely … Continue reading Translation Study Day with MPT
I really enjoyed reading this post by Paul Stephenson about how he approached translating lines from a Jacques Brel song and incorporating them into a new poem 'The Disposal.' This is one of four wonderful poems Paul wrote about being in Paris last November during the terrorist attacks, published at The Compass an excellent online magazine. I … Continue reading Translating poetry
I absolutely loved my day at Winchester Poetry Festival on Saturday, 13th September. I snapped photos and tweeted, encouraged by the organisers' requests to audiences to help spread the word about this inaugural festival. But, as Michael Longley said before his stunning reading to a packed auditorium on Saturday evening, "I knew this was going to be a … Continue reading Saturday at Winchester Poetry Festival 2014