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National Poetry Day: Change - Poetry Translation Duel

Join us on National Poetry Day 2018, when we celebrate this year’s theme of Change with a Poetry Translation Duel in association with Modern Poetry in Translation.

Date/Time: Thursday 4th October, 7.15pm

Venue: Culture Lab, Newcastle University

Jennie Feldman and Jade Cuttle, hosted by poet and translator Olivia McCannon, will cross swords by presenting rival translations of the same French-language poem to the audience. Join in the conversation about what makes a poem work in English. No knowledge of French required!

Jade Cuttle graduated from University of Cambridge with First-Class Honours in French and Russian. A poet, translator, journalist and songwriter, she is studying for an MA in Poetry at the University of East Anglia.

Jennie Feldman has published two collections of poems, The Lost Notebook (shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex Poetry Prize) and Swift. She is co-author, with Stephen Romer, of Into the Deep Street: Seven Modern French Poets 1938-2008, awarded a special commendation by the judges of the Popescu Poetry Prize in 2011. Her translations include poetry and prose by Jacques Réda and, most recently, Chardin and Rembrandt by Marcel Proust. She studied French at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and is a Hawthornden Fellow.

Olivia McCannon’s poetry collection Exactly My Own Length (Carcanet/Oxford Poets, 2011) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. She has translated medieval to contemporary French poetry including Louise Labé, Jean Follain, Ariane Dreyfus, and a novel, Balzac’s Old Man Goriot (Penguin Classics). She is a co-judge of this year’s Stephen Spender Prize and is taking a PhD in Translation and Creative Writing at Newcastle University thanks to a Northern Bridge Scholarship.

“thoughtful, acute and inventive, interested in intricate harmonic effects, in pinning down the largest-scale moments of all.” Jane Draycott on Olivia McCannon, PN Review

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