Events - Festival 2022

Past & Present

Thursday 11 March, 11:00 - 12:00
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This event took place in 2021

Rob A. Mackenzie on Miroslav Holub; Helena Nelson on Ruth Pitter's light verse


Our Past & Present events offer the chance to discover new poets and to find out about writers you thought you knew from surprising angles. Today, we’re celebrating two twentieth century poets whose work deserves more recognition. Scottish poet and publisher Rob A. Mackenzie introduces us to the Czech poet and immunologist, Miroslav Holub (1923-1998). Holub’s work perhaps gains prescience today for often reflecting his experiences as an immunologist and scientist. His work has been much translated, including in the Penguin Modern European Poets imprint. Helena Nelson, meanwhile, will be discussing the light verse of Ruth Pitter (1897-1992), a near contemporary of Holub’s and the first woman to be awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Whereas Holub’s work lends itself to translation due to its infrequent use of rhyme, most of Pitter’s poetry draws on formal metrical patterns.

Just return to this webpage to view the event, which will be captioned and remain available to watch until 30 April.

Books by festival poets are available here, with profits going to St Andrews bookshop J & G Innes.

Supported by the Czech Literary Centre

Rob A. Mackenzie: Ryan McGoverne
Helena Nelson: Lindsey Fineran

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