The Spoken Word

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Three of Britain’s most acclaimed poets will be reading from and discussing their work. David Harsent is the author of ten collections of poetry and an accomplished opera librettist, collaborating most notably with Sir Harrison Birtwistle. His tenth poetry collection, Night, which will be published in January by Faber, contains two long sequences, the first set in a garden where dreams and nightmares collide and coalesce, and the second a noirish quest poem with Orphic resonances. Jo Shapcott’s latest collection, her eighth, is also published by Faber. On Mutability deals, in startlingly forthright imagery, with change, mortality and the precarious beauty and fallibility of the human body. Our third Faber poet is Dundonian Don Paterson. His latest collection Rain contains lyrics, monologues, imitations of Cavafy and Machado, and the thoroughly remarkable ‘Song for Natalie ‘Tusja’ Beridze’, a tongue-in-cheek paean to a Georgian techno musician that won the 2008 Forward prize for best single poem.

110 people attended
Period10 Feb 2011
Held atLondon Review of Books, United Kingdom