MSt tutor Jenny Lewis’ poetry collection, Taking Mesopotamia, has been translated into Farsi by Mohammad Sadegh Raisee and published in Iran on 30 August 2017.
MSt alumnus Martin Jago’s translation of Sophocles’ Antigone is getting a staged reading at The Mark Taper Auditorium in the downtown Los Angeles Public Library.
2pm, 10th September. Entrance free.
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MSt tutor Helen Mort presents BBC Radio 4’s “Bodies in Motion” series. From the Radio 4 announcement:
“The first edition of a new globe-trotting poetry series. Poet Helen Mort explores exciting voices from around the world. This week, she hears poetry in Arabic, German and Spanish while thinking about the phrase ‘Bodies in Motion’: seeing how movement, through space and time, filters through the work of some very different poets.
Helen Mort travels to Paris to meet Syrian poet Golan Haji. He’s drawn inspiration from many sources, including Bill Viola’s video art and a pet ram. Being multilingual, for him, every piece of writing is an act of translation. They meet up with veteran American poet and translator Marilyn Hacker, to hear her version of a Haji poem and talk about the friendship struck up through this translation partnership.
A journey to the centre of the Earth; watching the Berlin Wall fall on a badly tuned TV; and a futuristic German language, have all inspired poems by the compelling German poet and performer, Ulrike Almut Sandig. She tells Helen Mort about her early political ‘guerrilla poetry’ project, ‘eyemail’, which found her pasting poems onto lampposts, and its live performance equivalent, which she calls, ‘earmail’.
Exploring the fascinating process of translating a poem into another language, Helen Mort takes part in a poetry translation workshop at the Poetry Translation Centre in London. In this case, the original Spanish language poem is by Cuban poet Legna Rodriguez, about her experience of moving from Cuba to Miami. Progressing from the line-by-line literal translation towards a version made collectively, involves discussions on cliché and idioms – and on nuances of the noun ‘sofa bed’!“
You can listen to the series on the radio or online.
Clare Morgan, Roopa Farooki and Alice Jolly will be taking part in a panel discussion on Literary Fiction at Waterstones, Gower Street, London at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 12th July. Tickets are £6.00 and include a glass of wine. Do come along and join in the discussion if you are in London that evening.
MSt tutor Helen Mort was a judge for the Man Booker International prize 2017, which was awarded to David Grossman for A Horse Walks Into a Bar (transl. Jessica Cohen)
MSt tutors Jane Draycott, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, & Jenny Lewis will be reading at Waterstones, Cardiff. Thursday 15th June at 7 pm.
More information from Waterstones.
Romola Parish, who graduated from the MSt programme in 2016, is currently Poet in Residence at the Historic Landscape Classification Project at Oxfordshire County Council. She will be reading from her pamphlet of poems, In Polygonia, at the launch of the interactive digital map at the Living Landscapes exhibition, 15 July 2017, at the Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock.
The day also includes presentations on the project, exhibitions, work by artist Miranda Cresswell, workshops and two events – post-it poems and photographs, to which everyone is invited to contribute.
For more information on the exhibition please visit the website and event page: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/historiclandscape
MSt Creative Writing tutor John Retallack is directing a production of As You Like It at Corpus Christi College. The play will be performed both indoors and outdoors in the college Gardens, Cloisters, Chapel and Dining Hall.
“The older characters in the play are played by Corpus Christi staff: the
recently retired President, Richard Carwardine in the role of Duke Senior;
and the gardener of the college, David Leake, plays Adam. Students play all
the young roles and also the wonderful music that Howard Goodall has
specially written for As You Like It.
There are only five performances of the show; evenings at 7.30pm from
Wednesday May 10th until Saturday 13th when there is also a matinee at 2.30
Audience numbers are restricted to 90. For the price of your ticket, wine
is served on the roof terrace overlooking Christ Church Meadow during the
interval and also at the end of the performance in the Dining Hall.”
Further details and booking information can be found here:
“The Cypriot Fiddler is an attempt to trace the life stories of a dying class of traditional musicians on both sides of the Cypriot divide. The documentary, released in 2016, was entirely funded by members of the public through an online crowd-sourcing campaign.”
Time: 17:00 to 19:00
Location: The Haldane Room
For more information, visit the event site.