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 is a poet, translator and art writer for publications such as Modern Painters. Born in Liverpool, he lived for some years in Italy. His Selected Poems was published by Faber in 2016, drawing from his six collections of poetry: from 1991’s debut The Sirocco Room to Out There (2012, and winner of the Hawthornden Prize) by way of The Marble Fly (1997), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, and Ink Stone, shortlisted for both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award in 2003. He edited The Faber Book of 20th-Century Italian Poems and his other translations include a selected poems of Valerio Magrelli, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s verse play Fabrication, a selection of poems by Antonella Anedda and Giorgio Bassani’s entire Romanzo di Ferrara. As William Boyd has observed, McKendrick is “An exceptional talent.”