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26 Jun 2012 19:00

Sylva Fischerova: Maintenant (literature)

The Maintenant reading is a part of Poetry Parnassus, the visionary festival which will see poets from all participating Olympic nations come together for a week of readings, talks and performances. Poetry Parnassus marks the first time that so many poets from so many parts of the world have converged in one place. The Czech Republic will be represented by Sylva Fischerova, this year's nominee for the Czech prestigious award Magnesia Litera. Sylva Fischerova will participate in the reading event Maintenant on the 26 June from 7 pm.

The Maintenant reading celebrates some of the most vivid and exciting poets currently writing in Europe, all of whom have featured in the Maintenant interview series: Sylva Fischerová, Pekko Kappi, Christodoulos Makris, Damir Sodan, Serhij Zhadan, Karlis Verdins and Endre Ruset.

More information at: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/literature-spoken-word/tickets/maintenant-67660

Free event
This event will be follwed by Rain of Poems (100,000 poems by over 300 contemporary poets from 204 countries fall from a helicopter over Jubilee Garden during Poetry Parnassus as the sun set). Also free event. See more at: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/literature-spoken-word/tickets/rain-of-poems-1000249

Associated event: Sylva Fischerova will also participate in another event at Poetry Parnassus called Luch Poems (Wednesday 27 June, 12:00 pm. More at: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/literature-spoken-word/tickets/lunch-poems-arjen-duinker-sylva-fischerov%C3%A1-pia-tafdrup-68031

Sylva Fischerová is a Czech writer of poetry and prose fiction. She was born on November 5, 1963, in Prague, but lived in Olomouc until the age of eighteen. She initially studied philosophy and physics at Charles University but eventually switched over to classical philology. She currently holds a position in the Institute of Greek and Latin Studies at Charles University’s Philosophical Faculty. Her area of specialty is Greek literature, philosophy, and religion.
She has published a number of volumes of poems in Czech, and her poetry has been translated and published in numerous languages including English. An earlier selection of her poems, The Tremor of Racehorses, translated by Ian and Jarmila Milner, was published by Bloodaxe in 1990. She recently began to write prose as well.

Listen to Sylva Fischerova read three of her poems here:


Photo: Khalil Baalbaki
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books


Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX


26 Jun 2012 19:00


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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