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Rare chance to see Fred D'Aguiar in the UK

A rare chance to hear Fred D'Aguiar read in the UK. Now based in the States, Fred will travel home to London to launch his new Carcanet collection Translations from Memory at the Poetry Café (London), where you can see him in conversation with Jacob Sam-La Rose.

The memories from which Fred D'Aguiar translates these poems are cultural and personal, from the anciencies of the Gilgamesh epic to the modern world, from classical philosophy to C.L.R. James and Aimé Césaire, from Asia and Europe to the new world in which their destinies are unpredictably worked out.

Born in London to Guyanese parents, Fred grew up in Guyana, returning to England in his teens. This collection focuses on memory and the cultural and racial differences the poet experienced growing up in Guyana as a child and then in '70s Britain as a teenager.

Please join us for an evening of readings and discussion, and opportunity to ask your own questions.

This is a free event but places must be reserved via Eventbrite. Readings will begin from 7pm.

Fred D'aguiar trained as a psychiatric nurse before reading African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He was Judith E. Wilson Fellow at Cambridge University and has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. He is also the author of four novels, the first of which, The Longest Memory (Pantheon, 1994), won both the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread First Novel Award. His plays include High Life (1987) and A Jamaican Airman Foresees His Death(1991), which was performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London. Mr Reasonablewas broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015. He has taught in the United States since 1992, where he has been Visiting Writer at Amherst, Massachusetts (1992-4), Assistant Professor of English at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine (1994-5), and Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Miami. He was Professor of English and Gloria D. Smith Professor of Africana Studies at Virginia Tech State University. In 2015 he became a Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at UCLA.

Jacob Sam-La Rose was born in London in 1976. He was managing director of a web development studio before becoming a freelance writer and editor. He is the Artistic Director of the London Teenage Poetry SLAM, Editor-in-Chief of Metaroar.com, and an editor for flipped eye press. He also facilitates a range of literature-in-education, creative writing and spoken word programmes through schools, arts centres and other institutions. His work has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Identity Parade: New British & Irish Poets(Bloodaxe), Poems For Love (Penguin), I Have Found a Song(Enitharmon Press), Red(Peepal Tree), Learn Then Burn: The Ultimate Poetry Guide for the High School or College Classroom(Write Bloody) and Michael Rosen’s A-Z: The Best Children’s Poetry from Agard to Zephaniah (Puffin). His pamphlet Communion was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice in 2006. Breaking Silence (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), his first book-length collection, is shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2012.

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