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Pia Tafdrup and Philip Gross poetry reading

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Pia Tafdrup

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Large Senior Common Room, Oriel College, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4EW. For directions, visit: http://www.oriel.ox.ac.uk/visit-oriel


Tickets: £5. Book via the Brookes Shop.

As part of the Walking over the Water tour by internationally-acclaimed Danish poet Pia Tafdrup, organized by the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Pia will be reading in Oxford with award-winning British poet, Philip Gross.

Pia Tafdrup was born in Copenhagen in 1952. She is a member of the Danish Academy, and has published 17 collections of poetry, two novels, and two plays. Pia 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 & Other Poems (Bloodaxe, 2010) and Salamander Sun & Other Poems (Bloodaxe, 2015). Her latest books published in Denmark are entitled The Taste of Steel and The Smell of Snow.
Philip Gross is a poet, for adults and children, and a keen collaborator across art forms. A Fold In The River, with artist Valerie Coffin Price, is published by Seren (2015). The Water Table won the T.S. Eliot Prize 2009, and Love Songs of Carbon the Roland Mathias Award (Wales Book of The Year) 2016. Much of his work carries echoes of his family history, especially his Estonian father's experience of exile. A new collection, A Bright Acoustic, is due from Bloodaxe in June 2017.  Philip is Professor of Creative Writing at University of South Wales.

As part of the Walking over the Water tour, Pia will also be reading at the University of Reading with Peter Robinson on Wednesday 15 February and at Ledbury on Thursday 16 February, where she will be in conversation with Fiona Sampson, Director of the Roehampton Poetry Centre.