14th September 2014 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Widely regarded as one of the most important poets of the modern age, Cavafy brought a bold honesty to the pursuit of pleasure and modern life.

This event explored the influences of this unique poetic voice, unpicking some of the fascinating themes arising in his poetry, from the erotic to the historic.

Poet and translator David Constantine was joined by author and poet Louis de Bernières, and leading historian Edith Hall, in an event which sheds fresh light on the world of C.P. Cavafy.

Louis de Bernières is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. His most recent books are Birds Without Wings and A Partisan’s Daughter. Imagining Alexandria is his debut collection of poetry, and he will be discussing the influence of Cavafy on this work.

David Constantine is a poet, translator, writer of short stories and former co-editor of Modern Poetry in Translation. His Collected Poems was published in 2004. His latest volume of poetry is Elder (2014). His fourth collection of short stories, Tea at the Midland (2012), won the 2013 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. David will be looking at Cavafy in context, and his importance as an international modern poet.

Edith Hall is Professor in the Classics Department and Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s College London. Her most recent book, Introducing the Ancient Greeks: from Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind, was published this summer. Edith will be exploring the influence of the ancient and Byzantine worlds on Cavafy’s work.
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