I have a translation of the Anglo-Saxon poem known as “The Ruin”, which I have called “Reconstruction”, in the new issue of Modern Poetry in Translation.
Poets & Players film many of their events, and there is now a video of my reading for them in March 2013 available on their YouTube channel (click here to watch it) as well as a video of Paul Batchelor and of the musicians who played at the event.
I will be reading with Paul Batchelor for Poets & Players at the Whitworth Art Gallery on Oxford Road, Manchester, on Saturday 16th March 2013. As well as our readings, there will also be music from Sam Andrae, Corey Mwamba and Seth Bennett. The performance starts at 2.30pm and entry is free. You can see more details on the Poets & Players website.
It’s almost 100 years since Ezra Pound’s “A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste” was published in Poetry, urging poets to “go in fear of abstraction”, “use either no ornament or good ornament”, and many other bits of ferociously dogmatic advice that have continued to stir excitement and interest ever since. Lavinia Greenlaw has made a new programme for Radio 4 about this manifesto and its legacy, and I’m very glad to have been involved. You can listen to our conversation along with several other interviews as part of A Few Don’ts, which will be broadcast on R4 on Sunday 2nd December at 4.30pm.
After the Worlds conference in June, I was commissioned by Writers’ Centre Norwich to write a poem in response to some aspect of the week. “Midsummer Loop” came from thinking about a conversation I had with Eleanor Catton, a novelist visiting from New Zealand, about infinite loops in visual art, and how the literary equivalent might be a sentence that goes on forever; and also from watching the rabbits with which the UEA campus is replete. You can read the poem here.
I’ll be appearing on BBC Radio 3′s The Verb this week, with indefatigable host Ian Macmillan and fellow guests Mark Haddon and Sarfraz Manzoor. It’s my first time on the programme. You can listen to the broadcast this Friday 19th October at 10pm, or catch up with it on the iPlayer at your leisure.