A rare chance to hear Fred D’Aguiar read in the UK. Now based in the States, Fred will travel home to London to launch his new Carcanet Collection Translations from Memory at the Poetry Café, where you can see him in conversation with Jacob Sam-La Rose.
The memories from which Fred D’Aguiar translates these poems are cultural and personal, from the anciencies of the Gilgamesh epic to the modern world, from classical philosophy to C.L.R. James and Aimé Césaire, from Asia and Europe to the new world in which their destinies are unpredictably worked out.
Born in London to Guyanese parents, Fred grew up in Guyana, returning to England in his teens. This collection focuses on memory and the cultural and racial differences the poet experienced growing up in Guyana as a child and then in ‘70s Britain as a teenager.
Please join us for an evening of readings and discussion, with Fred in conversation with Jacob Sam-La Rose, and opportunity to ask your own questions.
This is a free event but places must be reserved via Eventbrite. Readings will begin from 7pm.
Fred D’aguiar trained as a psychiatric nurse before reading African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He was Judith E. Wilson Fellow at Cambridge University and has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. He is also the author of four novels, as well as many plays, including A Jamaican Airman Foresees His Death (1991), which was performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London. His radio play Mr Reasonable was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015. He has taught in the United States since 1992, where he is currently Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at UCLA.
Jacob Sam-La Rose is the Artistic Director of the London Teenage Poetry SLAM, Editor-in-Chief of Metaroar.com, and an editor for flipped eye press. He also facilitates a range of literature-in-education, creative writing and spoken word programmes through schools, arts centres and other institutions.
Suitable for all ages.