Series: Poetry Parnassus London 2012

Poetry Parnassus was the largest gathering of international poets ever staged. We're delighted that ten PTC poets and translators were invited to participate in this remarkable celebration of world poetry.

Poetry Parnassus was the largest gathering of international poets ever staged. In the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics, one poet was chosen to represent each of the 204 Olympic countries and we were delighted that ten PTC poets and translators were invited to participate in a remarkable series of events at London's Southbank Centre from 26th June to 1st July.

The poets we've translated who were chosen to represent their country were:
Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi: Sudan
Conceição Lima: São Tomé and Príncipe
Corsino Fortes: Cape Verde
Farzaneh Khojandi: Tajikistan
Mbarka Mint al-Barra': Mauritania
Reza Mohammadi: Afghanistan
Ribka Sibhatu: Eritrea

Two of the poets who've translated with us also represented their country:
Jo Shapcott: Great Britain
Mimi Khalvati: Iran

And the wonderful David Shook was the Poetry Parnassus Translator in Residence.

Sadly, Corsino Fortes, Farzaneh Khojandi and Mbarka Mint al-Barra' were unable to travel to London for the festival, but their poetry was read at the PTC's celebration reading on Sunday 1st July at 4pm.

 

Events from Poetry Parnassus London 2012

Lunch Poems: Tales of Fire and Ice: Poetry, Myths and Music Passed

Lunch Poems: Tales of Fire and Ice: Poetry, Myths and Music

The very first event in Poetry Parnassus — Lunch Poems: Tales of Fire and Ice: Poetry, Myths and Music — features Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi from Sudan

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Street
London
SE1 8XX
Modern Poetry in Translation Launch Passed

Modern Poetry in Translation Launch

Modern Poetry in Translation launches its special ‘Parnassus’ edition featuring the poetry of Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi who’ll be reading at this celebratory event

Saison Poetry Library
Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
London
SE1 8XX
‘Kilometer Zero: Poetry, Subversion, and Hope’, a short film by David Shook Passed

‘Kilometer Zero: Poetry, Subversion, and Hope’, a short film by David Shook

The world premiere of ‘Kilometer Zero: Poetry, Subversion, and Hope’, a short film by David Shook about his journey through Equatorial Guinea to meet Marcelo Ensema Nsang, whose poetry we translated with David in a workshop

The Clore Ballroom
Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
London
SE1 8XX
Passed

This Is What the World Sounds Like

Conceição Lima from São Tomé and Príncipe takes part in this marathon reading featuring poets from all over the world

The Clore Ballroom
Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
London SE1 8XX
Poetry Translation Centre Celebration Reading Passed

Poetry Translation Centre Celebration Reading

One of the final events of Poetry Parnassus was a PTC Celebration Reading featuring Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, David Shook, Jo Shapcott, Mimi Khalvati, Reza Mohammadi, Ribka Sibhatu and Clare Pollard.

The Clore Ballroom
Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX