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 roundtables 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, Mumbai, 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 London, Oxford and Abingdon.


First Review of Monsters Like Us

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 11:00
"This musicality, together with the compelling narrative, makes Monsters Like Us a novel to be read and re-read"

Gift of Translation

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 17:15
IN discussion with Richard Ovenden, Patrick McGuinness and Ian McEwan


President's Guests, AGS, September 2022

Monday, September 5, 2022 - 17:00

Delighted to be invited by the President of the AGS to perform along with Ulrike Almut Sandig in the slot reserved each year for the president's guest at the Association of German Studies in Nottingham 5-7September.  I shall also be talking about the Aesthetics of the Anthropocene in contemporary German poetry in a panel along with with Nicola Thomas and Alexis Radisoglou. It looks like such a great programme

Reading with Durs Grünbein

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 18:00

Delighted to have the opportunity to use my time as artist in residence at the Villa Waldberta and the Lyrikkabinett in Munich to catch up with old friends. I shall be doing a reading with Durs Grünbein, on whom I shall be working while I am in Munich, on 21 September  And I am hoping there will be more to come...

Early warning: Landschaft touches down in Oxford

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 19:30
Old Fire Station Oxford

In collaboration with Queen's translation Exchange and TORCH delighted to be welcoming the Lansdschaft Collective (Ulrike Almut Sandig, Grygory Semenchuk and Sascha Conrad) at last for the their first gig in the UK.

It will take place at The Old Fire Station, Oxford, on 12 October 2022

Tickets already on sale here:  https://oldfirestation.org.uk/whats-on/landschaft/


More information coming soon!