The Poetry Society Annual Lecture with Jan Wagner

Various locations, Nationwide, United Kingdom

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 19:00 to Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 20:30

The Shedding of Skins and Schemes: a voice of one’s own and the voices of others

Jan Wagner is the outstanding German poet of his generation. His lecture, delivered in English, is on influence and the exchange of poetic ideas across borders; of the teachers poets must find for themselves (and then distance themselves from again). Interspersed with readings of some of his own poems, Wagner’s lecture draws on poets such as Rimbaud, Heym and Brecht, Popa, Pound and Hughes, and the poet-translators who have carried their work between cultures.

Wagner’s collection Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees (Arc), translated by Iain Galbraith, won the Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize 2015. He has translated into German poets including Armitage, MacNeice, Shapcott, Simic and Sweeney.

The lecture will tour to Oxford (20 Feb), Liverpool (21 Feb) and London (22 Feb). Tickets are available to book now. Visit The Poetry Society website for more information.

Presented in association with New College Oxford, University of Liverpool and King's College London, and with support from the Goethe-Institut.


Jan Wagner Image: Alberto Novelli, Villa Massimo

United Kingdom
New College, University of Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3BN
University of Liverpool, School of the Arts Library, 1st Floor, 19 Abercromby Square, Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZG
King's College London, Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, London, London, WC2R 2LS