Welcome to Mediating Modern Poetry

Mediating Modern Poetry started life as a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship with Oxford Univeristy (2014-15). Since then Professor Karen Leeder has been working with the journal Modern Poetry in Translation (MPT), Poet in the City, and the Southbank Centre, London, along with other arts organizations local schools and a host of individual poets, translators, musicians, artists and film-makers to explore aspects of modern European poetry and its transmission and reception. 

A first focus was a specially curated series of events exploring the reception of the great classic Rainer Maria Rilke for the biannual festival ‘Poetry International’ at the Southbank Centre, London in July 2014. This involved a number of major contemporary English and German-language poets who explored their relationship with Rilke's work. See more about the events by clicking on the highlights or event pages.

Since then there have been publications, workshops, poetry duels, masterclasses, readings and rountables and events in a variety of venues with a number of contemporary poets and their translators. Mediating Modern Poetry has for example, been to events in Berlin, Rome, Innsbruck, Berlin, Rotterdam, Cork and the Aldeburgh International Poetry Festival. See more about some of the events.

2015 sees a new initiative taking young poets and their translators into new poetry venues across the country and exploring the links between poetry and other art forms.

The project has also taken modern German poetry and translation into local schools around Oxford and Abingdon.

News

Events

Rilke and Music

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 11:45
Regensburg
Rainer Maria Rilke

Delighted to be presenting some of my new research on Rilke, listening and music by giving a keynote at the upcoming event on Rilke und die Musikalität in Regensburg in June.

An Evening of Poetry in Translation

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 19:00
Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, 9 West Road Cambridge

An Evening of Poetry in Translation

An Evening of Poetry in Translation

5 Jun 2017, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Venue: Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, 9 West Road Cambridge

A special evening of poetry in translation with local, UK-based writers, and visiting German poet Ulrike Almut Sandig.