Fernando Pessoa

21st June 2010 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
Fernando Pessoa, who died in 1936, was the most famous poet to emerge in the Portuguese speaking world during the 20th Century. A marvelous and brilliant poet, his work speaks to people all over the world and in all languages. With a name which means in English ‘Person’ and in French ‘Nobody’, Fernando Pessoa is renowned for writing in the names of several different alter egos, or heteronyms, including the lyrical doctor Ricardo Reis, the adventurous engineer Álvaro de Campos, the shepherd and bucolic poet Alberto Caeiro, and Fernando Pessoa himself.

Inês Pedrosa, Director of Fernando Pessoa House in Lisbon, an important centre for Pessoa scholarship, and one of the world’s leading ‘Poetry houses’;

Richard Zenith – one of the leading English-speaking experts on Pessoa and translator of his work, and editor of the Penguin edition of his poetry;

Professor Seabra Pereira – a distinguished scholar in Portuguese Literature from Coimbra University in Portugal;

and Simon Jenner – British poet who recently produced a poetic reinterpretation of Pessoa’s work in the form of a pamphlet published by Perdika Press.
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