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AN EVENING WITH CATULLUS AND VERGIL: Roz Kaveney launches Catullus and Adam Roberts launches Wodwo Vergil

Friday 15 February 2019, 7:00 pm10:00 pm

Rome rises in the heart of London on 15 February, with the launch of two stunning new translations from Sad Press. Come join us to celebrate Roz Kaveney’s Catullus and Adam Roberts’ Wodwo Vergil.

Adam Roberts defies the dictum that innovative writing doesn’t win awards, with laurels which include the BSFA Award for Best Novel, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Sideways Award, and shortlistings for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Kitchsies Red Tentacle Award; he’s also just been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His Wodwo Vergil is a vital and volatile reimagining of Vergil’s Eclogues, a reminder that the pastoral has never been a retreat from politics, but always the scene of heated, head-on political adventure.

Roz Kaveney gives us a complete version of the works of Gaius Valerius Catullus, bringing fresh life not only their notorious wit and desire, but also their solace, serenity, their searching, and even their holiness. “She nails the jokes, uproariously; brilliantly sees how Catullus’ world and ours superimpose” (Nick Lowe). “So scabrous, and gloriously readable” (Neil Gaiman). “Brings Catullus’ poems right up to date — in all their, sometimes shocking, ‘new-ness’: a good reminder how edgy ancient poetry could be” (Mary Beard).

Other details:

  • Entry is £5 (£3 unwaged), which may be redeemed on the night against purchase of any Sad Press title.
  • Some free wine will be provided, other drinks can be purchased at the bar​
  • The venue is equipped with a lift and an accessible loo.
  • Both books will be for sale on the night, but you can also order them at www.sadpresspoetry.com.

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