Fiona Sampson — Keble College, 21 Feb

Fiona Sampson will be joining us for a conversation on poetry on 21 February, 7:30pm at Keble College (Pusey Room). Wine will be provided.

The Oxford Poetry Society is delighted to have Fiona Sampson speak about her role as an editor, the process of editing, and about her new, international magazine POEM (does what it says on the tin) that made its exciting debut on the 24th of January 2013.

Fiona, a former Oxonian, needs no introduction to those familiar with the UK’s vibrant poetic scene: Fiona is an acclaimed editor, poet, translator, and academic. She has been awarded a number of prizes throughout her literary career: Newdigate Prize (1992); Arts Council of Wales Writers’ Award (1999); K. Blundell Trust Award (2002); Zlaten Prsten prize (2004); Charles Angoff Award (2006), and Cholmondeley Award (2009). She has also been shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize (2006); T. S. Eliot Prize (2007 and 2010), and the Forward Poetry Prize (2010). Her next collection, Coleshill, out in March, has received a PBD Recommendation.

Her poetry has been translated into a number of languages. However, Fiona is well-known for her own translations of both Eastern European and Israeli writers. Her interest in editing work from Central and South-Eastern Europe culminated in the magazine Orient Express (2002–5), a collection contemporary writing from that region.

In 2005, Fiona assumed the role of editor of Poetry Review, the UK’s leading poetry journal. At the Poetry Review her unique contribution gave the magazine a dynamic and international flavour. The journal engaged with the poetry of new and well-established poets. After leaving the publication only last year, she has already pressed on with her own publishing endeavour, an international poetry journal called POEM.

As a critic, Fiona’s work has featured in major newspapers and literary publications, and her opinion on literary matters is well-respected. She is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London, after spending a brief stint from 2007– 2008 as a Fellow in Performance and Creativity at the University of Warwick to work on the relationship between poetry and music.

The event is £2 for members, £3 for non-members.


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