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  • BOOKING OPEN: Translation study days in April and May 2016

    BOOKING OPEN: Translation study days in April and May 2016

    28th January 2016

    Modern Poetry in Translation is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Founded by Ted Hughes and Daniel Weissbort, the magazine has played a unique role over the past fifty years in bringing the best in world poetry to English-language readers.

    To mark this important birthday we are hosting two very special study days, at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and The Queen's College, Oxford.

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    Cambridge programme information | Oxford programme information

    Open to students and the g...

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  • Fucking Obsessed - Nia Davies on translating Mariam Alatar

    Fucking Obsessed - Nia Davies on translating Mariam Alatar

    18th January 2016

    Fury drew me in to Mariam Alatar's poetry. At the Reel Iraq translation workshop, where these translations were made, I leafed through poem upon poem of defiance at social and gendered constraints, at abuse of religious faith, violence, oppressive family power dynamics, de-humanising technology, estrangement and war. Mariam is from a Moaved community - Iraqis of Iranian ancestry who were expelled by Saddam Hussein at the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war. She grew up in a border town. This is the liminal a...

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  • Donald Gardner - visiting Cardenal in Solentiname

    Donald Gardner - visiting Cardenal in Solentiname

    14th December 2015

    I do a google search for Cardenal and Solentiname and up comes a photo of a house with thin walls and mosquito gauze in the doorway, that feels almost open to the elements. There is a table made of two trestles and four thick planks, with a group of people round it eating lunch and Cardenal at the head. I’d been trying to recall the atmosphere and surroundings of his home in Solentiname. Seeing this photograph took me back in time – forty-nine years.

    I’d been travelling south on buses with a friend, hav...

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    25th November 2015

    This year we’re counting down to Christmas with an advent calendar that celebrates the poets and translators that make MPT great. We're also celebrating our readers, subscribers and supporters from all around the world. MPT has readers in over 100 countries, and it is this spirit of internationalism which makes MPT such an exciting publication.

    Join us each day in celebrating the best of world poetry.

    If you are already a subscriber, you may like to consider introducing a friend to MPT with a gift subs...

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  • Events in November


    Sasha Dugdale, Michael Rosen, Choman Hardi and David Constantine

    Friday 13th November at The Queen's College, Oxford

    The Queen’s College, Oxford hosts an MPT reading with Kurdish poet Choman Hardi. The reading will take place at 4pm in the Shulman Auditorium. Choman Hardi will be reading from her new book, Considering the Women (Bloodaxe, 2015), which has just been published. Poems from this collection were published in MPT’s spring issue 'Scorched Glass'. Sasha Dugdale, editor of MPT will host a...

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