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Part of: Diana Anphimiadi Tour Diana Anphimiadi Book Launch at the Manchester Poetry Library

Manchester Poetry Library

Join us for the launch of Diana Anphimiadi’s book Why I No Longer Write Poems. This is the first full-length selection in English from one of Georgia’s most acclaimed poets. Her poems range from the contemporary thrum of a train carriage to the ancient grievance of Greek myth, navigating the heartache and absurdity of love, and offering profound reflections on the limits and possibilities of language itself. The book has been collaboratively translated from the Georgian by translator Natalia Bukia-Peters and poet Jean Sprackland.

The event will be introduced by the Manchester Poetry Library's newest staff member, Brian Sneeden. Brian has an extensive background in poetry translation publishing and will be teaching on the MA Publishing course at Manchester Metropolitan University

You can also purchase the book ahead of time here.

Diana Anphimiadi's tour has been co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Diana Anphimiadi is a poet, publicist, linguist and teacher. She has published five collections of poetry: Shokoladi (Chocolate, 2008), Konspecturi Mitologia (Resumé of Mythology, 2009), Alhlokhedvis Traektoria (Trajectory of the Short-Sighted, 2012) and Kulinaria (Personal Cuisine, 2013). Her poetry has received prestigious awards, including first prize in the 2008 Tsero (Crane) literary contest and the Saba literary award for best first collection in 2009. She lives in Tbilisi with her son.

Natalia Bukia-Peters is a freelance translator, interpreter and teacher of Georgian and Russian. She studied at Tbilisi University and she has an MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists in London and has worked collaboratively with the PTC since 2013. Her translations have been published both in the UK (Fal Publications, Francis Boutle) and USA (Dalkey Archives).

Jean Sprackland is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Green Noise (Cape, 2018). Her collection Tilt won the Costa Poetry Award in 2007. She is also an acclaimed prose writer, winning the Portico Prize for Non-Fiction for her book Strands (Cape, 2012). Her most recent book is These Silent Mansions: A life in graveyards (Cape, 2020), which was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was Chair of the Poetry Archive from 2016 to 2020.

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