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Poetry Book Launch: Home on the Move

4th October
Ledbury Book Festival’s Poetry Salon at Ledbury Books and Maps
Ledbury High Street, Ledbury,

Ricarda Vidal (an academic at CMCI) and Manuela Perteghella will be launching their poetry collection Home on the Move: Two Poems go on a Journey with an introduction, poetry readings and a roundtable discussion, followed by Q&A. The evening will also include the ever popular Ledbury Open Mic! Tickets £5 on the door (includes a drink). For more info please see the Facebook Event page.

The book is the result of Ricarda and Manuela’s multilingual touring project Talking Transformations: Home on the Move, which employed poetry, community workshops, film art, translation and a travelling exhibition to get people talking about home and migration in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum.

The creative responses collected in the book were created on a journey undertaken by two poems about ‘home’: Deryn Rees-Jones’ poem travelled from the UK via France to Spain and back whilst Polish poet Rafał Gawin’s travelled to the UK via Romania and back to Poland. During each journey, the poems were translated by a literary translator and a local film artist. The original English poem was translated by CMCI’s Kate McMillan.

The poems and their literary and artistic translations toured England in summer 2018 and were translated into new poetry in English and other languages in a series of workshops. A selection of these retranslations is included in Home on the Move.

The book also contains film stills and QR codes for the artist videos.

‘One of the most inventive and necessary poetry projects of recent years, a reminder of Ted Hughes’s assertion that poetry “is a universal language in which we can all hope to meet”’ – Chris McCabe



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