Chaucer: Modern Echoes

10th April 2014 19:00
Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge, SE1 9DA
Poet in the City and Southwark Cathedral were delighted to present a unique event exploring the modern legacy of this seminal English poet and storyteller.

Featuring acclaimed contemporary poets Lavinia Greenlaw (reading from her retelling of Troilus and Criseyde), and Patience Agbabi (reading from the brand new version of The Canterbury Tales)

The event will also featured readings from Chaucer's original texts, together with fantastic modern versions, showing his enormous impact on the history of English poetry.

Lavinia Greenlaw is an award wining poet whose collections include Minsk, which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes. She has also published novels and works of non-fiction which include The Importance of Music to Girls and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland. A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde, her retelling of Chaucer's celebrated poem, is published this year by Faber and Faber.

Patience Agbabi is an internationally respected poet. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. She is currently Fellow in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University. Canterbury Laureate from 2009 to 2010, her contemporary version of The Canterbury Tales, Telling Tales is her fourth poetry collection.

Gail Ashton is a freelance writer and editor with a PhD in Medieval Literature. Her publications include six non-fiction books on poetry with a biography of Geoffrey Chaucer. She has co-edited two poetry anthologies and edits a major literature series for Continuum. Gail has taught English and Drama in schools, and lectured in English at the Universities of Birmingham and Manchester.

Chaucer’s poems will be read in the original Middle English by Tom Deveson.
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