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José Oliver

Thu
19th September 2013 18:30
Europe House
32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU
Poet in the City was delighted to present the fourth event in its series celebrating the very best of contemporary European poetry.

José F.A. Oliver, writer and poet, was born in Baden-Württemberg in 1961 to Andalusian parents. The convergence of his Spanish heritage with his Black Forest home has had a significant influence on Oliver\\\'s style, with its innovative and unconventional approach to the German language.

Oliver published his first collection of poetry, Auf-Bruch [‘Break-Up/Departure’] in 1987. His most recent publications include unterschlupf [‘shelter’], in 2006, followed by an essay collection, Mein andalusisches Schwarzwalddorf [‘My Andalusian Black Forest Village]’ in 2007, and the poetry collection fahrtenschreiber [‘journeywriter’] in 2010. He has received numerous awards including the Culture Prize of the state of Baden-Württemberg (2007).

In partnership with The School of European Languages, Culture and Society at UCL, the Contemporary European Poets series brought to London celebrated poets from Hungary, Holland, France, Germany, the Faroe Islands and Italy, for showcase events at Europe House. Events will include live readings by the poets, with all poems read both in the original language and in brand new specially commissioned English translations.
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