Pia Tafdrup on UK Tour

Pia Tafdrup on UK Tour

The Danish poet Pia Tafdrup will be in the UK for a short reading tour in February 2017, coordinated by the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre.  The tour, entitled Walking over the Water (which refers to Pia's 1991 essay about her poetic method), is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, and also by the University of Reading and Roehampton Poetry Centre. Pia will visit Reading, Ledbury, and Oxford during her tour, and at each stop will read or be in discussion with a celebrated British poet: Peter Robinson in Reading, Fiona Sampson in Ledbury, and fellow Bloodaxe poet Philip Gross in Oxford.

Pia Tafdrup, one of Scandinavia's best-known poet, 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 The Taste of Steel and The Smell of Snow.  Pia has also published a statement of her poetics entitled Walking over the Water (1991), and edited two poetry anthologies. She has produced literary translations of a number of Swedish writers, including Tua Forsström and Katarina Frostenson, and her own poems have been translated into more than 30 languages in books, anthologies and magazines.

Pia was the subject of a half-hour 2003 documentary film about her work, Thousandborn, directed by Cæcilia Holbek Trier, and she has read from her work in more than 40 countries.

Full schedule:


Wednesday 15 February, Pia Tafdrup reads with Peter Robinson
University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, HumSS 127
from 6pm

Thursday 16 February, Pia Tafdrup in conversation with Fiona Sampson
The Panelled Room, The Master’s House, Ledbury, HR8 1EA
7-9pm, £5 (on the door)
More details: http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk

Friday 17 February, Pia Tafdrup reads with Philip Gross
Large Senior Common Room, Oriel College, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4EW
7-8.15pm, £5

Philip Gross is a poet, for adults and children, and a keen collaborator across art forms. His Bloodaxe collection 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.

For more details & bookings, see: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/projects/walking-over-the-water--pia-tafdrup-poetry-tour/


[24 January 2017]


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