Celebrating International Poetry, 4 July, Cambridge

Presented by Wasafiri, the Magazine of International Contemporary Writing and The Open University

Wednesday 4 July from 6.30pm

At The Open University in the East of England
Cintra House, 12 Hills Road
Cambridge CB2 1PF

With Agnès Agboton, Elaine Feinstein, Anthony Joseph,
Mimi Khalvati and Jeet Thayil

In Association with the Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus, Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions and The Open University’s The Rise of Creative Writing
Funded by Arts Council England

2012 is the time when the world comes to Britain to participate in the greatest sporting show on earth. Accompanying this marvellous spectacle is Poetry Parnassus, with a poet from each Olympic country coming to the UK to partake in the biggest celebration of verse ever seen on these shores.

Wasafiri, the Magazine of International Contemporary Writing, is delighted to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event. Along with The Open University, we will host five poets from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, all of whom have graced the pages of Wasafiri over the years. Host for the reading as well as reciting some of his own work is Trinidad/UK poet Anthony Joseph, who is also currently making waves with his group The Spasm Band.

Poets reading at the event are:

  • Benin’s multilingual poet Agnès Agboton, who writes in Gun, Spanish, Catalan and French and who has long been hailed in Spain as one of the freshest voices in contemporary poetry today;
  • Award-winning poet and translator – and former Cambridge resident – Elaine Feinstein, whose Russian antecedents combine with her English upbringing to produce poetry of rich tapestries, humour and more;
  • Acclaimed poet and translator Mimi Khalvati, who was born in Iran and grew up in the UK and whose most recent book Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011 was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation;
  • Renowned Indian poet, writer and musician Jeet Thayil, part of the Rolling Stone-tipped band S/T, who has recently been lauded in the UK and the USA for his first novel Narcopolis.

Join us for this very special evening of readings and enjoy some of the diverse international poetry that Wasafiri has long championed. There will also be the opportunity to buy copies of the authors’ books and to get them signed after the event.

This is a FREE event but booking is highly recommended as places are limited.

To reserve your place please email Wasafiri at wasafiri@open.ac.uk or telephone 020 7556 6110.

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