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.



Sunday, April 21, 2024 - 17:45
Literarisches Colloquium Berlin
Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (c) dagmar schwelle


Afterlives: Elegy, Haunting and Reception in modern Poetry 10-12 October 2024 LCB Berlin

Thursday, October 10, 2024 - 12:30 to Saturday, October 12, 2024 - 14:30
Literarisches Colloquium Berlin
Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (c) dagmar schwelle

Looking forward to the Autumn of 2024 when the second episode of the project AfterWords will take place:

10-12 October 2024 LCB Berlin

Several fantastic people have already said yes. Watch this space.


Conflict and Assent Lyric Communities

Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 09:00 to Friday, June 28, 2024 - 19:00
FU Berlin

Delighted to be taking part in 'Conflict and Assent Lyric Communities' in berlin in June. The third part of the project to take place 27-28 June 2024 at the FU

Loads of great colleagues


Thursday: Seminarzentrum: Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26 Friday: EXC 2020 “Temporal Communities”, Room 00.05, Otto-von-Simson-Straße 15