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The Poetry Society Annual Lecture with Jan Wagner – Oxford

Monday 20 February 2017, 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Jan Wagner, photo Alberto Novelli, Villa Massimo

Our next Annual Lecture, presented in Oxford in partnership with New College Oxford, 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

Please note that the location for this event has now been moved to the Shulman Auditorium, Queen’s College.

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 lecture will also tour to London and Liverpool.


Tickets are free. Please RSVP to Oliver Fox by email to [email protected]


Jan Wagner Image: Alberto Novelli, Villa Massimo


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