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Sebald Lecture 2017


The Sebald Lecture 2017

Michael Longley CBE - Releasing the Lyric: Translating Latin and Greek Poetry

Listen to the Sebald Lecture on Literary Translation 2017

Photo credit: Bobbie Hanvey



The 2017 Sebald Lecture on literary translation, sponsored by the British Centre for Literary Translation at UEA, was given by Northern Irish poet Michael Longley CBE on Monday 20th February at the British Library, London. 

In this lecture Michael read and commented on, his translations from Latin and Greek. He began with his youthful versions from Sextus Propertius and progressed to later poems derived from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, taking in Sappho and Tibullus on the way.
One of Britain’s finest poets, Michael Longley has received many awards for his lyrical poems about love, death, memory, history and nature, published over more than fifty years. 

This event was supported by The British Library, Arts Council England and Writers' Centre Norwich.