20th Apr 2012Tomas TranströmerPoet in the City and the Embassy of Sweden in London presented an evening in celebration of the Nobel Prize winning Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer.
In his first visit to London since being awarded the prize last year, we were honoured to be hosting this event in the presence of the poet himself.Tomas Tranströmer is Scandinavia's best-known and most influential contemporary poet.
Over the last fifty years he has risen to become one of the most important literary figures of our times, critically acclaimed and with a global reach that has seen his work translated into more than 50 languages.
Tranströmer’s poetry is founded in the universal and the deeply personal, giving us a ‘fresh access to reality’. ‘He is writing about the big questions – death, history, memory, nature. You can never feel small after reading the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer’ Peter Englund, Permanent Secretary, Swedish Academy.
The event featured David Constantine, editor of Modern Poetry in Translation, celebrated poet Alan Brownjohn, with readings in English by the actor Philip Fox and in Swedish by acclaimed actor and star of Wallander, Krister Henriksson.
With special live musical accompaniment, this was a unique event in honour of one of our greatest living poets.Katherline Lockton's interviews with David Constantine and Alan Brownjohn can be found on the audio page