Poetry Centre tour with distinguished Danish poet Pia Tafdrup begins

Monday, 13 February 2017

Pia Tafdrup

A short poetry tour co-ordinated by Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and featuring one of Scandinavia’s best-known poets, Pia Tafdrup, will begin on Wednesday 15 February.

The tour, entitled Walking on Water, will stop at Reading, Ledbury and Oxford where Pia will read or be in discussion with a celebrated British poet: Peter Robinson in Reading, Fiona Sampson in Ledbury, and T.S Eliot Prize-winning Philip Gross in Oxford. 

Dr Niall Munro, Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Director of the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, said: “It is a particular pleasure and honour for the Poetry Centre, with the support of the Danish Arts Foundation, to be able to bring Pia to read in the UK. Pia’s intense, powerful poetry crosses borders and languages, and we are delighted to be able to welcome three celebrated poets to join her on her tour.”

Pia’s intense, powerful poetry crosses borders and languages, and we are delighted to be able to welcome three celebrated poets to join her on her tour.

Dr Niall Munro, Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Director of the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

Internationally-acclaimed Pia Tafdrup has published 17 collections of poetry, two novels and two plays. She received the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize in 1999 and the Nordic Prize in 2006 from The Swedish Academy. Her most recent poetry collections translated into English are Queen’s Gate (Bloodaxe, 2001), Tarkovsky’s Horses and Other Poems (Bloodaxe, 2010) and Salamander Sun and Other Poems (Bloodaxe, 2015). Pia’s latest books published in Denmark are entitled The Taste of Steel and The Smell of Snow

Pia was the subject of a 2003 documentary film about her work, Thousandborn, directed by Cæcilia Holbek Trier, and she has read from her work in more than 40 countries. She represented Denmark at Poetry Parnassus, the festival of readings, performance and debate that took place during the London 2012 Festival. 

The full schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday 15 February, Pia Tafdrup reads with Peter Robinson at University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, HumSS 127, from 6.00pm. Free.
  • Thursday 16 February, Pia Tafdrup in conversation with Fiona Sampson at The Panelled Room, The Master’s House, Ledbury, HR8 1EA, 7.00pm-9.00pm, £5 (on the door). For more details please visit: www.poetry-festival.co.uk
  • Friday 17 February, Pia Tafdrup reads with Philip Gross in the Large Senior Common Room, Oriel College, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4EW, 7.00pm-8.15pm, £5. To book a ticket, please visit the Brookes Shop.

The poetry tour is generously supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, as well as the University of Reading and Roehampton Poetry Centre, and it has been arranged by Oxford-based poet Hanne Busck-Nielsen.

To coincide with Pia Tafdrup’s visit to Oxford, the Story Museum is running two workshops for primary-age children about the work of Hans Christian Andersen, a significant source of inspiration for Pia Tafdrup. The workshops are based on Andersen’s stories The Ugly Duckling and The Princess and the Pea. More details can be found on the Story Museum website.