and poetry reading by MIKHAIL YASNOV, a poet, writer, translator, and
literary critic from St Petersburg.
24 March, Wednesday 7 pm.
Entrance is free (booking essential).
talk will be in English, poetry reading will be in Russian.
Mikhail has published several collections of his poetry for adults and
of books of poetry and prose for children. His recent collection of poetry
for adults Concealed Amour has been nominated for Apollon Grigoriev Prize
(2003). Many of his children's poems are widely known in Russia. He has
translated from several European languages. Among his most important works
are translations of Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Apollinaire, Prevert,
Cocteau. Recently he has compiled a representative collection of French
surrealist poetry as well as a collection of Belgian symbolist poetry.
was nominated for and received various prestigious awards, among them
2002 Honour List diploma of the International Board on Books for Young
People (IBBY) (for the translation of Les Contes de la rue Broca by Pierre
Gripari) and the 2003 Prize of the French Government for the Best
Translation from French (for the translation of Guillame Apollinaire's
prose - L'Enchanteur pourissant and Le Poète assassiné).
Many of his
translating projects were supported by French Embassy in Russia as well
centres for literary translation in France, Belgium, and the UK (the British
Centre for Literary Translation, UEA, Norwich). He is currently Head of
Translators' Department of the Writers' Union of St.Petersburg and a member
St Peter's Vere Street (off Oxford Street)
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Tel. 0208 740 46 75