Contemporary Lusophone Poets

07th July 2010 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
Portugal sits on the edge of the Atlantic and was one of the first European nations to explore and colonise the four corners of the world. This period of exploration was memorably recounted by Luís de Camões in his epic poem, The Lusíads. The legacy of this expansion are vast communities of Lusophone, or Portuguese-speaking, people all over the world, from Brazil and Cape Verde in the Atlantic, to Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Mozambique in Africa, to Goa, Macau and East Timor in South East Asia. These millions of peoples have rich and diverse cultural traditions, well represented by some of the finest poets in the world writing in any language.

This event brought together fantastic and acclaimed Lusophone poets from Cape Verde, Angola, and Portugal to celebrate the vibrant poetic culture of this great Lusophone diaspora.

Dr Juliet Perkins - a distinguished scholar from King's College London, will provide a brief overview of Contemporary Lusophone poetry and introduce us to the work of our amazing poets;

Corsino Fortes (Cape Verde) - one of the most celebrated poets in the Portuguese-speaking world, his work has become a landmark in Cape Verdean culture;

Anna Paula Tavares (Angola) - an acclaimed poet of the post-independence period in Angola, she is one of the main voices amongst Lusophone women writers; and

valter hugo mãe (Portugal) - one of the finest contemporary Portuguese poets, he is representing the homeland of the poets Camões and Pessoa
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