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  • Launching The Singing of the Scythe at the Chattri memorial

    Launching The Singing of the Scythe at the Chattri memorial

    30th November 2014

    On 19th November we launched The Singing of the Scythe with a walk through the South Downs to the Chattri memorial, built to honour the Indian dead of the First World War.

    Amarjit Chandan made a passionate speech to the fallen soldiers in Punjabi (with an English translation) and he read his translations of Punjabi folksongs from the war.

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  • Wednesday 19th November: MPT walk to the Chattri

    Wednesday 19th November: MPT walk to the Chattri

    13th November 2014

    We’ve decided to hold a small impromptu reading on Wednesday 19 November to mark the appearance of the latest issue ’Singing of the Scythe‘. We know this is late notice, but perhaps you will be intrigued by the idea of a ‘mystery walk’ on the South Downs to a place of fantastic beauty and tranquility: a memorial called the Chattri which stands to commemorate all the Indian dead of the First World War.

    The readings will include Amarjit Chandan reading from his translations of Punjabi folksongs, and a cha...

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  • Preview: The Singing of the Scythe

    Preview: The Singing of the Scythe

    31st August 2014

    Winchester Poetry Festival, Discovery Centre
    Saturday September 13th
    10:30am - 12:00pm

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    We look forward to Autumn’s issue of Modern Poetry in Translation with readings by Amarjit Chandan and Jacques Réda and a discussion of music and song in poetry and in the folk tradition.

    This issue is partly dedicated to the poetry and song of the First World War and poet Amarjit Chandan will read and discuss wartime folksongs he has translated from the Punjabi which tell of women’s love and l...

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  • Brecht and Steffin: Love in a Time of Exile and War

    Brecht and Steffin: Love in a Time of Exile and War

    31st August 2014

    This video was filmed at the Southbank Centre on July 19th 2014 to celebrate the launch of The Constellation, our summer 2014 issue.

    The performance highlighted brand new translations of poems exchanged by Brecht and his lover, collaborator and friend, Margarete Steffin. Actors read the poems exchanged by Brecht and Steffin, accompanied by live music and readings of diaries, letters and prose. David Constantine and the Brecht translator and editor Tom Kuhn explore the relationship between the two writer...

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  • Poetry International: 17-21 July 2014

    Poetry International: 17-21 July 2014

    16th June 2014

    BRECHT & STEFFIN: LOVE IN A TIME OF EXILE AND WAR
    Saturday 19 July, 2.30 pm, £10
    Purcell Room, the Southbank Centre

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    The forthcoming issue of MPT ‘The Constellation’ focuses on the exchange of poetry between two star-crossed lovers: Bertolt Brecht, the playwright and poet, and his lover, collaborator and friend Margarete Steffin.

    Brecht and Steffin met in the early thirties and Steffin followed Brecht into exile from Nazi Germany in 1933. She accompanied Brecht an...

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