11 October 2006

Brecht Events in London

As part of the Poetry International Festival this Autumn at the South Bank Centre, in the year which is the fiftieth anniversary of Brecht’s death, seven leading German and English poets have been invited to respond to the great German poet.
On Friday 27th October at 7.45 pm in the Purcell Room David Constantine, Andy Croft, Ulrike Draesner, Lavinia Greenlaw, Adrian Mitchell, Albert Ostermaier & Bert Papenfuss will read specially commissioned new ‘translations’ of Brecht. These are translations in the broadest sense: from new versions of classic poems, to original responses to his life and work, and reinterpretations of his personal, poetic and political gestures for our own times. This will be preceded, at 5.45 pm in the Purcell Room, by a discussion with the poets on ‘Brecht’s Poetic Legacy’, chaired by Dr Karen Leeder.