Andrei Bodiu

19th October 2011 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
The fifth event in an exciting series of six poetry events held in collaboration with the Romanian Cultural Institute that explored contemporary Romanian culture through the eyes of its most accomplished poets.

Andrei Bodiu is a Romanian poet, literary historian and professor born in 1965. From his earliest publication Breathing Pause (1991), to the more recent Patriotic Poems (1995), The Direction of the 1980s in Romanian Poetry (2000) and the award-winning anthology Studies on Life and Death (2000), Andrei has extensively explored poetry and its cultural motifs through poems and literary criticism. His poetic works have been translated into more than 8 European languages.

Andrei was joined by special guest George Szirtes, who was born in Budapest in 1948 and came to England as a refugee in 1956. His poems began appearing in national magazines in 1973 and his first book, The Slant Door, was published in 1979. It won the Faber Memorial prize the following year. After the publication of his second book, November and May, 1982, he was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Since then George has published several books and won various other prizes including the T S Eliot Prize for Reel in 2005. George has also worked extensively as a translator of poems, novels, plays and essays and has won various prizes and awards in this sphere. His own work has been translated into numerous languages. Beside his work in poetry and translation George has written Exercise of Power, a study of the artist Ana Maria Pacheco, and, together with Penelope Lively, edited New Writing 10 published by Picador in 2001.

This event was hosted by Amanda Hopkinson, Professor of Literary Translation at City University, London, who will provide an English introduction and will place the poets in context for the English-speaking members of the audience. Poetry in Romanian will also be read and performed in English translation.
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