Capriccio of the Lagoon

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

In an ongoing collaboration, The Poetry Society and the Royal Collection Trust have commissioned poet Jamie McKendrick to write a poem in response to an exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, ‘Canaletto & the Art of Venice’.

Jamie will perform his works and premiere the new poem commissioned especially for this event – a poetic capriccio inspired by the art and architecture of Venice – on 29 June at The Queen’s Gallery. 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. The evening concludes with a private view of the exhibition and a complimentary glass of wine. 

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.