Victor Hugo: Poetry and Song

16th February 2013 12:00
Black’s Club
67 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 4QH
Featured Hugo poems in translation by two of the UK’s acclaimed translator-poets, Harry Guest The Distance, The Shadows and Timothy Adès How to be a Grandfather and with live music from Ciara Hendrick (mezzo soprano) and Sholto Kynoch (piano), singing Hugo poems set to music by great composers.

The event was organised jointly by Poet in the City and the Rimbaud & Verlaine Foundation, with the kind support of the Fondation L-A Finances pour la Poésie.

Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, is, first and foremost, France's greatest poet. He created a torrent of wonderful poetry, novels, plays and political speeches. His literary contemporaries were completely overshadowed, even though he spent eighteen years in exile in the Channel Islands. Twice a Deputy and twice a Senator, he never stood for President, but two million people came to his funeral. A great human being, he is a beacon of Liberty to this day.
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