Talks & debates

Expanded Translation

Hear Forward Prize winning poet Vahni Capildeo and Michael Zand, author of The Messier Objects, read their work and discuss ideas around expanded translation.

Expanded translation pushes the boundaries of translation to include creative dialogues across different artforms and collaborative practices.The poets also respond to ideas left on postcards in The Poetry Library books since the beginning of the year.

Before this main event, drop-in between 2pm and 5.30pm to see a specially commissioned group of poets and thinkers present new discoveries that have taken place as part of their research at The Poetry Library. Including:

Dr Zoë Skoulding, Bangor University
Dr Jeff Hilson, Roehampton University
Professor Vincent Broqua, Université Paris – 8
Vahni Capildeo, poet and winner of Forward Prize
Chris McCabe, National Poetry Library
Alys Conran, Bangor University
Nia Davies, Poetry Wales
Dr Jennifer K. Dick,Université de Haute Alsace
Dr Lily Robert-Foley, Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier
Professor Robert Sheppard, Edge Hill University
Dr Simon Smith, University of Kent
Professor Philip Terry, University of Essex

There is an hour break before the main poetry reading begins at 6.30pm.

This event is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall



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Please note, this free event requires a ticket. Email [email protected] to reserve your place.

Poets and thinkers come together in a drop-in session before the talk, 2pm – 5.30pm. No booking required.