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Capriccio of the Lagoon with Jamie McKendrick

Thursday 29 June 2017, 6:30 pm9:00 pm

Venice: A Regatta on the Grand Canal c.1733-4
Venice: A Regatta on the Grand Canal c.1733-4
Venice: A Regatta on the Grand Canal c.1733-4. Canaletto. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Join us for the latest in our series of events in partnership with the Royal Collection Trust and performed by a contemporary poet who has been commissioned to write a new poem in response to one or more exhibitions at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

Spend an evening with award-winning poet Jamie McKendrick as he performs his works and premieres a new piece commissioned especially for this event: a poetic capriccio inspired by the art and architecture of Venice. Paying close attention to Italian daily life mixed with intriguing stories from history, his entertaining and elegant poems draw in listeners using all the senses. His new poem has been written in response to the exhibition ‘Canaletto & the Art of Venice’, which runs from 19 May to 12 November.

The evening concludes with a private view of the exhibition and a complimentary glass of wine. 


£15 / £13.50 concessions and for Poetry Society members. On sale now from The Queen’s Gallery website. Members must ring the Box Office to take advantage of their discount: +44 (0)303 123 7302.

Jamie McKendrick
Jamie McKendrick © Caroline Forbes

About the reader

Jamie McKendrick has published six books of poetry, including The Marble Fly (O.U.P. 1997) which won the Forward Prize and, most recently, Out There (Faber, 2012) which won the Hawthornden Prize. A selected poems, Sky Nails, was published by Faber in 2001, and a new Selected Poems will be published in 2017. He edited The Faber Book of 20th-Century Italian Poems and his other translations include a selected poems of Valerio Magrelli, The Embrace (2009) which won the Oxford-Weidenfeld prize and the John Florio prize, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s verse play Fabrication which also won the John Florio prize and a selection of Antonella Anedda’s poems, Archipelago (2014). Penguin Modern Classics have published his translations of 4 books by Giorgio Bassani: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles, The Smell of Hay and Within the Walls and the final two novels of Il romanzo di Ferrara are forthcoming.

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