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NORTHERN POETRY SYMPOSIUM 2018

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3RD MAY | 10.30-6.30 | SAGE GATESHEAD
 NORTHERN ROCK FOUNDATION HALL |  NEWCASTLE | £25 | £20 
On the 3rd May 2018 we'll be co-hosting The Northern Poetry Symposium II: Crossings on the subject of Poetry in Translation at the Sage Gateshead as part of the Newcastle Poetry Festival with The Poettrios Experiment and NCLA, Newcastle University. Join us for an exhilarating day of poets, translators and speakers exploring everything from world poetry to translation processes and exiled voices. In the current age of political turbulence – the vote for Brexit, the presidency of Donald Trump, the refugee crisis and the rise of censorship – poetry in translation is more relevant than ever. We’ll be crossing the globe with exiled voices, exploring innovative new translation processes and putting poetry in translation firmly back on the map. 

 

11.00
PANEL: POETRY AS COLLABORATION

Our first panel offers a unique insight into the collaborative process of translating poetry from leading translators and researchers of Dutch, Austrian, Swedish and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian poetry. Led by the PoetTrio Experiment Co-Investigator and poet W.N. Herbert, joined by poets and translators Karen Leeder, Carolyn Forché, Lars Gustaf Andersson and Francis Jones.

12.15
DUTCH POETRIO SHOWCASE

A rare UK reading by leading Dutch PoetTrio Poets Elma van Haren and Hélène Gelèns, alongside award winning poets W.N. Herbert, Fiona Sampson and Sean O’Brien, with a tribute to the Dutch poet Menno Wigman.

2pm
CROSSING THE DIVIDE: POETRY AND VOICES OF EXILE

PBS Recommendation and Forward Prize shortlisted poet Karen McCarthy Woolf chairs a dynamic discussion on the role of poetry in the age of migration featuring the Forward shortlisted exiled Ugandan poet Nick Makoha, the Ukrainian-born poet Ilya Kaminsky, and Carolyn Forché, editor of Against Forgetting: Twentieth-century Poetry of Witness (1993). How important is poetry in translation in voicing migrant experience and highlighting the recent refugee crises? How can we combat threats to freedom of speech today and what more can be done to make migrant voices heard?

3.15
 INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUES:
PUTTING POETRY IN TRANSLATION ON THE MAP

Former Modern Poetry in Translation editor and Winchester Poetry Festival Co- Director Sasha Dugdale explores innovative ways to raise the profile of poetry in translation with the founder and editor of Bloodaxe Books, Neil Astley, poet and translator, Fiona Sampson, PBS Director, Sophie O’Neill, and the first-ever British Library Translator in Residence, Jen Calleja. How can we publish more poetry in translation and give it a more prominent place at book festivals, in the media and on the national curriculum?

4.30
ALTERNATING CURRENTS: SOUNDSCAPE LAUNCH

Join us for the unveiling of an exciting new soundscape by Composer Martin Heslop! This immersive poetic piece was commissioned by PoetTrio in response to their collaborative poetry translation experiment workshops. Imagined as an intercepted cross-border broadcast, Alternating Currents explores the intersection of language, code and music in radical new ways!

5.15
THE SYMPOSIUM SHOWCASE & DRINKS RECEPTION 

Chaired by the PBS Choice and T S Eliot Prize-winning poet Sinéad Morrissey, the symposium concludes with a free drinks reception and showcase readings which cross the globe with Forward shortlisted Ugandan poet Nick Makoha and Swedish poet Lars Gustaf Andersson and his translator Carolyn Forché. We'll also be raising a glass to toast the launch of the PBS Summer Bulletin with a rare UK reading from our PBS Summer Translation Choice, Austrian poet Evelyn Schlag, translated by Karen Leeder.

Tickets cost £25 (including a free glass of wine at the evening showcase) or £20 concessions. Book your tickets here.

Check out the full Newcastle Poetry Festival programme from the 2nd - 5th May including events with US Pulitzer Prize winners Jorie Graham and Tyehimba Jess.

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION

In 2017 the Poetry Book Society co-founded and curated the Northern Poetry Symposium at Sage Gateshead with Newcastle University's Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts to launch the NCLA Newcastle Poetry Festival with a day of lively debates, inspirational talks and panel discussions. This state of the nation summit gathered leading figures from the poetry sector, including National Poetry Day Director, Susannah Herbert; Bloodaxe’s Founder and Editor, Neil Astley; Stanza Poetry Festival Director, Eleanor Livingstone; Carcanet’s Managing and Editorial Director, Michael Schmidt and Chief Executive of Poet in the City, Isobel Colchester. The Northern Poetry Symposium explored key topics affecting the poetry world today, from digital apps to diversity, and inspired exciting new ways of working together to widen audiences for poetry.