Catalan Poetry

19th November 2009 19:00
Instituto Cervantes
102 Eaton Square, SW1W 9AN
Poetry has been written in various forms of the Catalan language (Catalan, Valencian, Balearic Catalan, especially) for nearly six hundred years, covering an area that stretches from Roussillon in southern France, southwards to Alacant (Alicante) and beyond in the Eastern seaboard of Spain and as far across the Mediterranean as Alguer (Alghero) in Sardinia.

Presented by Professor Robert Archer of King’s College London, this exciting event featured four poets writing in Catalan:

Gaspar Jaén i Urbán from Elx (Valencia);

Ponç Pons from Alaior (Menorca);

Carles Duarte, from the major Catalan-speaking area of Barcelona; and

Vinyet Panyella, from Sitges, south of Barcelona.

These distinguished poets write poetry about a wide variety of subjects and in very different styles, testifying to the strength and vitality of the poetry being written today in the Catalan language. All of the poems will also be read in English translation.
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