A Poetry Reading with Robin Robertson
Event Date: Tuesday, October 28
Event Time: 5:oo Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard
Robertson is the author of five collections of poetry: A Painted Field (1997), Slow Air (2002), Swithering (2006), and The Wrecking Light (2010), and Hill of Doors (2013) as well as The Deleted World, his ‘new versions in English’ of poems by the Swedish Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer (2006), and translations of Euripides’ Medea (2008) and Bacchae (2013). He edited Mortification: Writers’ Stories of Their Public Shame (2004), inspired by his experiences as a publisher of attending book events when ‘some local difficulty unfold[ed] into something like catastrophe’. A Painted Field won the 1997 Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize and the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award, while Swithering won the Scottish Arts Council Poetry Award and the 2006 Forward Prize for Best Collection. The Wrecking Light includes ‘At Roane Head’, which was awarded the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. In addition, Robertson received the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2004 and the Cholmondeley Award in 2012. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Free and open to the public
Presented by the Department of English