Saturday, 3 March 2012

Poetry in Translation

This looks like an interesting event. I suspect limiting ourselves to poetry written only in English is just that, limiting.

An evening to commemorate Polish poet and Nobel Prize Laureate Wisława Szymborska

8 March 2012 at 7pm
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2

RSVP only, admission free
Please RSVP by 05.03.2012 at

The evening will start with a screening of Life Is Bearable at Times... (Chwilami życie bywa znośne...).
This rare and full of humour documentary presents Wislawa Szymborska at her usual trips, with her friends and admirers like Umberto Eco, Woody Allen, Vaclav Havel, Jane Goodall, in her normal life and at some official events which she simply hated.

In the second part of the evening the prominent Irish female poets and writers will read Szymboska’s poems in the English translation. Polish version of the poems will be also presented. Where available we will use the recordings of Szymborska reading her own works.

Readings by Mia Gallagher, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Jean O'Brien & Mary O'Donnell

Wisława Szymborska
All poetry lovers would have heard by now that the Polish poet and Nobel Prize laureate described once as "Greta Garbo of World Poetry" has passed in January this year at the age of 88. Although very popular this always very media shy and always smoking lady kept shielding away from the public telling the journalists: "there's simply too much fuss about myself" and also "for the last few years my favourite phrase has been 'I don't know'. I've reached the age of self-knowledge, so I don't know anything. People who claim that they know something are responsible for most of the trouble in the world."

Supported by the Embassy of Poland in Ireland & ArtPolonia, Lab for Inter-Cultural Co-operation and Exchange

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