Poetry in Revolution: A half-day festival

2 November 2017, 1.00 PM - 2 November 2017, 8.00 PM

Tristan Kay; Madhu Krishnan; Sally-Ann Kitts; Connor Doak; Paul Merchant; Susan Harrow; Stanley Bill; Rosy Carrick, Sasha Dugdale, Robin Milner-Gulland and George Szirtes

Lecture Room 8; 21 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1TE

Full event programme: Poetry in Revolution (PDF, 448kB)
Poetry in Revolution is a half-day event celebrating revolutionary verse, in the broad sense of the term, including poetry that is politically radical, innovative in its themes, or formally experimental. The event kicks off in the afternoon with a circus of academics giving mini-talks on poets, such as, Dante, Okigbo, Marragall and Neruda, then culminates at 5.15pm with a roundtable featuring four external speakers who work, in various capacities, with poetry in Russian and Eastern European contexts. The afternoon sessions include poets from three continents (Latin America, Africa, Europe) and from different historical periods (stretching from Dante to the present day). 
The evening roundtable focuses on Russia and Eastern Europe, where poetry has historically been highly politicized. 'Here, they respect poetry. They kill for it,' grimly quipped Russian poet Osip Mandelstam. The roundtable consists of four external speakers: Rosy Carrick (a translator and scholar of Mayakovsky, and a performance poet in her own right), Sasha Dugdale (poet, translator, and editor of Modern Poetry in Translation), Robin Milner-Gulland (a translator and scholar of Russian poetry), and George Szirtes (Hungarian-British poet and translator of Hungarian literature).
The event is free and open to the public, and all are welcome.

Contact information

This event is organized by Dr Connor Doak (Russian) and Dr Tristan Kay (Italian). It is made possible by generous funding from the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES), as well as the Bristol Poetry Institute and the School of Modern Languages. Please direct any enquiries to connor.doak@bristol.ac.uk.

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