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Proms 2018 Proms Plus Talk

PROMS PLUS TALK
Proms Plus Talk (Arts)
17:45 Sun 5 Aug 2018 Imperial College Union
Poets Sandeep Parmar and Sean O’Brien talk to Catherine Fletcher about contemporary re-workings of classical stories and what it means to take on part of the canon – as the Prom concert creates a new way to hear Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.
Poets Sandeep Parmar and Sean O’Brien talk to Catherine Fletcher about contemporary re-workings of classical stories and what it means to take on part of the canon – as the Prom concert creates a new way to hear Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.

About This Event

A series of classical tales, from the Iliad to the Inferno, via the Ramayana and the Sagas have been recast by modern poets. Sean O’Brien, Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, has written a version of Dante’s Inferno, and of Aristophanes’ The Birds. Sandeep Parmar is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool; her poetry includes the classical rewrite Helen of Troy in America. Tying in with the Proms Brandenburg Project, they discuss finding the right words and images when rewriting classics in a modern idiom and what it means to work on something which is well known.

Edited version broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during tonight's interval.

Booking is not required for this event. Entry is on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors open from 30 minutes before the event begins - latecomers will not be admitted. Capacity is limited: please collect a raffle ticket from the steward at the main entrance on Beit Quad to secure your place.