Composing the Poetic: Elytis, Theodorakis and the Axion Esti — 6th March, 8pm

“To Axion Esti” was written by the poet Odysseas Elytis, Greece’s esteemed 1979 Nobel Laureate, and was set to music as a “Folk Opera” by Mikis Theodorakis, one of Greece’s preeminent composers. There will be a short introduction by Annie Demosthenous, who recently completed her DPhil in modern Greek poetry and nationalism, that will focus on how music contributes to the poem’s status as a profound emblem of Greek national identity.Annie’s introduction will be followed by a screening of the 1977 recorded performance of the Opera at the Lycabetus Theater. English translations of the libretto will be supplied. Refreshments will also be provided.
Place: Lecture Room B, Worcestor College
Time: 8 pm
Date: 6 March 2013
Cost: Free

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Professor of Poetry lecture — 5th March at 5.30 p.m.,

The next Professor of Poetry lecture, by Professor Geoffrey Hill, entitled “Legal Fiction” and Legal Fiction, will be this coming Tuesday, 5th March at 5.30 p.m., in the Exam Schools, South School.

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Open Mic Night – Duke’s Cut, Feb 28

Did you miss out on our last open mic night, or do you want to have another go at sharing your work with a welcoming group of poetry lovers? Well then, come to the Duke’s cut for a pint and poetry!
Our second (and final) open mic night for this term has a secret mission: to select emerging voices to add to our student showcase in Trinity term. The student poetry event in Trinity will be a slightly more formal reading and a celebration of student poetry in Oxford. If you would like to be considered for the Trinity reading, members of the Oxford Poetry Society committee will be present to hear your work at this event.
To be added to the readers’ list, email Stephen Ross: sjross7@gmail.com
You can also read about our last open mic night here: http://oxfordstudent.com/2013/02/04/versatile-versifiers/
Disclaimer: This open mic night is microphone-less.
Place: The Duke’s Cut, Oxford
Date: Thursday, 28 Feb
Time: 8 pm
Host: Oxford Poetry Society
Cost: £ 2.00 for non-members, FREE for members

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Imagining the National Landscape: Poetry and Film — Feb 27

This event will be of interest to anyone intrigued by the relationship between poetry and nationalism. The event hopes to interrogate the way in which poetry has been used to engage specific national agendas, ideas of cultural heritage, and the manner in which we speak to geographic space. Using Greece as a specific example, Annie Demosthenous (who recently completed her DPhil in modern Greek poetry and nationalism) will analyse a UNESCO-endorsed short film “The Poets Sing Greece” to show how certain tropes or concepts feed into specific national discourses. This film is a reading of Greek poetry (with English subtitles) from ancient times until the present set to evocative images of Greek scenery. “The Poets Sing Greece” is followed by a film version of Cavafy’s “Ithaka” read by Sean Connery in English. We hope to finish off the event with a short open discussion on the material presented. Refreshments will be provided.
Place: Worcester College, Lecture Room B
Date: Wednesday, 27 Feb
Time: 8 pm
Hosts: Oxford Poetry Society and the Oxford University Greek Society
Cost: FREE

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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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ASH Magazine New Team/For Sale

Oxford Poetry Society’s official publication, ASH Magazine, has announced its new editorial team for 2013-2014:
Editors in Chief: Georgia Mizen and Alex Coupe
Co-editors: Hattie Soper, Samuel Cooper, Mischa Frankl-Duval and Eleni Philippou

If you would like to purchase a copy of our newly-produced 2013 edition of ASH, contact georgia.mizen@new.ox.ac.uk.

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Dear World & Everyone In It — Feb 7, 7pm, Blackwells.

Join us at Blackwell’s Bookshop this week (7 Feb, 7:00pm) to celebrate the publication of Bloodaxe’s ground-breaking new anthology, Dear World & Everyone In It. Nathan Hamilton, its editor, will be speaking about the process of producing the anthology, before introducing two of the poets included, Kate Kilalea and Sarah Howe, who will read their contributions to the anthology as well as more recent work. £2 for OUPS members, £3 for non-members.

Dear World & Everyone In It is a new poetry anthology presenting the work of over 60 of the most talented and interesting young poets currently writing in the UK. Chosen by Nathan Hamilton, it is the first British anthology to attempt to define a generation through a properly representative cross-section of work and a fully collaborative editorial process. Avoiding older, oppositional attitudes, Hamilton’s selections juxtapose modernist approaches with those exploring more traditional modes, hoping to bring some of the pleasures of the former to a wider audience.

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