Orpheus and Eurydice, MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s collaboration with Tom de Freston is now available to order.
“The story of Orpheus’s tragic quest into the underworld to rescue his true love Eurydice back from the dead is one that has haunted the western imagination for over 2,000 years through many tellings, re-tellings, appropriations and adaptations.
A unique coming together of poetry, art and criticism, Orpheus and Eurydice explores the myth’s impact through a graphic-poetic reconstruction of the story. Including critical reflections from leading thinkers, writers and critics, this is a compelling exploration of the enduring power of this tale.”
Read more, and order from Bloomsbury Publishing
“There is a radical honesty about this book, one which grabs you where it hurts and pulls you in” Professor Ewan Fernie
“Ground-breaking in its creativity and the fertility of its imagination, it resists easy definitions of classification, and yet, its vulnerability and intimacy also makes it wholly accessible.” – Claire Trévien
“Exhilarating, visionary and genre-defying.” Luke Kennard
“A beautiful discourse on modern marriage with images and texts of psychological inter-penetration and comic dissonance.” – Professor Lydia Goehr’
MSt alumna’s Lex Coulton’s novel Falling Short is to be published by John Murray in June 2018.
From the announcement:
“John Murray is publishing Falling Short, a “funny, uplifting, deeply moving” literary debut by “true new talent” Lex Coulton.
The book is about “the ways in which we fail to live the lives we hoped, and how that might be ok after all”, according to Mark Richards, publisher at John Murray, who acquired world rights from Susan Armstrong at C&W.”
Read more at the John Murray website.
MSt tutor Jane Draycott’s translation of Storms Under the Skin by Henri Michaux has been named Poetry Book Society Autumn Recommended Translation.
From the Poetry Book Society’s announcement.
“Poet and artist Henri Michaux (1899-1984) was one of the most original and influential figures of twentieth century French poetry, hailed by Allen Ginsberg as ‘master’ and ‘genius’ and by Borges as ‘without equal in the literature of our time’…. In Storms under the Skin Jane Draycott translates poems and prose-poems from Michaux’s volumes 1927-54, including extracts from his best-loved creations Plume and the haunting realm of Les Emanglons, alongside poems written on the eve of war in Europe and during the Occupation.”
Visit the Poetry Book Society’s announcement
“In May 2016 I won the Inaugural Warden’s Prize for Public Engagement in Doctoral Research at Goldsmiths. The award reflected the way my doctoral studies into Mesopotamian literature and my retelling of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh(forthcoming from Carcanet Press as Gilgamesh Retold in 2018) were able to ‘engage the public with research that moves away from an old model of public understanding towards a more dynamic, two-way model of dialogue, collaboration and consultation’ (Research Councils UK, 2016) …” Read the full blogpost at “Promoting poetry through public engagement”
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.
(image from George Szirtes’ blog)
MSt tutor George Szirtes has been awarded honorary doctorate by the University of East Anglia. The press release announces:
“George Szirtes lives in Wymondham and is a poet and translator and retired UEA reader: Born in Budapest, he came to England as a refugee in 1956 aged eight. His first book, “The Slant Door”, was published in 1979 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Other accolades include the 2004 TS Eliot Prize for his collection “Reel”, the Bess Hokin Prize for poetry in 2008, the US Best Translated Book Award in 2014 and he shared the Man Booker International Translators prize in 2015.”
You can read George’s acceptance speech on his blog.
(image from The Bookseller)
From The Bookseller:
“Oneworld is to publish a “searing” novel set in occupied Singapore by Oxford graduate Jing-Jing Lee.
Publisher Juliet Mabey bought World English rights to How We Disappeared from Nelle Andrew at PFD.
How We Disappeared tells the story of Wang Di, a widow in the year 2000 who is forced to confront the brutal atrocities of the Japanese invasion in her small village in 1942, and the devastation it has wreaked on her life ever since.”
Read the full article at The Booskelller.
MSt alumna Marie Gethins’ short story “The Old Man” has won the 2017 Dorset Fiction Award. Read about the prize, and read the story and an interview with Marie:
“One piece of advice?
Listen and keep an open mind.”
MSt tutor Prof Belinda Jack’s lecture Poetry and Immortality: John Keats’ ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ is available online. It has attracted over 30,000 views to date.