Joan Margarit

Joan Margarit, born in Catalonia in 1938, writes poetry in Catalan and Spanish. He is an architect of structural engineering and was professor at the Barcelona School of Architecture until his retirement. He has been awarded a number of accolades in the area of Catalan literature, including most recently the Jaume Fuster Award from the Associació d’Escriptors en Llengua Catalana in 2016. He was awarded Spain’s National Prize for Poetry in 2008 and has twice won the country’s National Critics Award. His first collection in English, Tugs in the Fog (translated by Anna Crowe), was a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.

Photo: Mariona Ribalta


2017 Festival & Exhibitions Launch »

Our special guest launches the festival with a taster of poetry and music

Wed 1 March | 18:30 - 19:10 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Joan Margarit, A.B. Jackson

Thu 2 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.00/£4.00 | Parliament Hall, South Street


A generous time

Ours, like the songs that make us cry,
those days are.
They were the truth of when it grew dark
with smiles, bathing the children.
The happy weariness of supper.
The faces that have no longer
turned to us as then, confidingly.
Life is fed by generous days.
By giving and protecting.
When you have been able to give, death alters. 


Joan Margarit, tr. Anna Crowe

From Love is a place (Bloodaxe, 2016)