Past & Present
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.
Venue for online: This web page – free
*TBC We hope this event can, additionally, also be live streamed to The Byre Theatre, for a small socially distanced audience, if this is permitted in March. Please read our position on Covid-19 safety and compliance.
Venue for Byre live stream: The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium – free/ticketed*
Supported by the Czech Literary Centre