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The Poetry Society Annual Lecture with Jan Wagner – Liverpool

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 6:00 pm7:30 pm

Jan Wagner, photo Alberto Novelli, Villa Massimo

Our next Annual Lecture, and the University of Liverpool’s Kenneth Allott Lecture, will be given by the German poet and translator, Jan Wagner

The Shedding of Skins and Schemes: a voice of one’s own and the voices of others

Jan Wagner is the outstanding German poet of his generation. His lecture, delivered in English, is on influence and the exchange of poetic ideas across borders; of the teachers poets must find for themselves (and then distance themselves from again). Interspersed with readings of some of his own poems, Wagner’s lecture draws on poets such as Rimbaud, Heym and Brecht, Popa, Pound and Hughes, and the poet-translators who have carried their work between cultures.

Wagner’s collection Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees (Arc), translated by Iain Galbraith, won the Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize 2015. He has translated into German poets including Armitage, MacNeice, Shapcott, Simic and Sweeney.

The Annual Lecture will also tour to Oxford and London


Tickets are free. Please book using the University’s Eventbrite page.


Jan Wagner Image: Alberto Novelli, Villa Massimo


University of Liverpool