Events

Upcoming & Recent Events:

18th June, 2021, ‘The Paths of Survival’: Excavating the Past through Poetry’, Reading & Responses with Fiona Cox, Elena Theodorakopoulos & Sheila Murnaghan, Women Creating Classics conference, University of Exeter.

9th June, 2021, ‘Writing Grief‘ Reading & discussion with Efi Spentzou, Centre for the Reception of Greece & Rome, Royal Holloway College, University of London. 

12 May, 2021,The Art of Fragments: Museums’, Talk & reading with Charlotte Parkyn & Jay Skelton, Senate House, University of London.

6th May, 2021, ‘The cold comfort of steel: rewriting classical war through contemporary poetry.‘, Reading & discussion with Helen Lovatt, ‘Writing War’ seminar series, Institute of Classical Studies, London.

24 March, 2021, ‘Ghost Passage: a poetic journey through Roman Britain’, University of Birmingham. 

22 March, 2021,Bringing the voices of Roman London to life‘,  Talk & reading with Charlotte Parkyn, Antiquity & Immersivity conference, University of Bristol. Details here.

27 March 2021, Cambridge Festival of Ideas: ‘Dreams and Fragments’, Poetry Reading (with Lesley Saunders), Cast Gallery, Cambridge. Details here.

26 February, 2021, ‘Unreading Bias in Classical Translation‘, Talk (with Diane Arnson Svarlien), University of Oxford Classical Society. Details here.

13 January, 2021,Ghost Passage: excavating poetry from non-literary classical texts, Reading & response from Fiona Cox, Centre for Translating Cultures, University of Exeter, Details here

December, 2020, ‘Between the Pages of the Dictionary: Three Decades of Translating Sappho‘, Talk & discussion, University of Birmingham.

19 November 2019,  Excavating Roman Voices: Poetry Inspired By London’s Hidden Past, London Mithraeum Museum, 5.30-7.30 pm (part of Being Human Festival of Arts and Humanities). Details here.

28th October 2019, Farewells, Debts & Ale: Poetic Inspiration from Non-Literary Texts: in conversation with Fiona Cox & Elena Theodorakopoulos,  Ionnaou Centre, University of Oxford, 11.30 am. Details here

7th May 2019,  Poetry/Prose Reading: Paschalis Nikolaou, The Return of Pytheas and Josephine Balmer The Paths of Survival. Introduced by Cecilia Rossi (BCLT, UEA), University of East Anglia, 6-8 pm.

7th May 2019,  ‘The Translation of Poetry’, Panel discussion (with Paschalis Nikolaou, Cecilia Rossi & Kirsten Malmkjaer), UEA, 2-4 pm.

12th April, 2019, Subjective or Objective: The Poetry of Archaeology, Disciplinary Convergences: Dialogues and Conversations, University of Notre Dame London Centre, Suffolk Street, London. 10 am

22nd March 2019, Research seminar: Translating Sappho Workshop, University of Bristol, 10.30-12.30. All welcome.

21st March 2019,  Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition Donors’ Celebration 2018/9: Reading from The Paths of Survival, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol, 6-7.30 pm. Details here

22nd June 2018,   Panel Discussion: ‘Fragments… A Workshop‘,  Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1, 10am-5pm.

7th April 2018 , Paper and Reading: We Who Write Are Survivors… Classical Association Annual Conference 2018, University of Leicester. More information here

2nd November 2017, Reading from The Paths of Survival (followed by a round table discussion with Laura Swift & Oliver Taplin), Ioannou Centre, University of Oxford, St Giles, Oxford, 5-6.30 pm. More information here

6th October 2017, Agenda Literary Festival, Mayfield School, Mayfield, East Sussex: ‘Carpenters in Song’, Reading from Letting Go (with Mimi Khalvati & Patricia McCarthy), Mayfield School Concert Hall, 6.46-8.30 pm.

15th July 2017, Reading from Letting Go (with Patricia McCarthy & Jane Lovell), South Downs Literary Festival, 6.45 pm, St Peters Hall, Petersfield, Hampshire. More details here

28th June 2017, Translation in Practice Workshop, 10 am -4 pm, Department of Classics, Kings College, London

7th June 2017, Launch Event for The Paths of Survival & Letting Go, 6.30-8.30 pm, University of Notre Dame, London Global Gateway, Suffolk Street, London W1. More details here.

9th May 2017, Shearsman Reading (with Alice Kavournas, JL Williams & Yang Lian), 7.30 pm, Swedenborg Hall, Barter Street, London WC1

27th April 2017, Talk: Lost in the Original: Tony Harrison as a Classicist Poet, part of Tony Harrison: Poet and Hellenist: An 80th Birthday Celebration, British Academy, 10-11, Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1. More details here

11th March 2017, Agenda Reading, part of Starlight Order: A One Day Symposium on David Jones, Artworker’s Guild, 6, Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT, 11.00-1800. More details here

Selected Previous Events:
2016:
17th February, The Poetry Inquisition,  London SE15 (Reading and Q & A), 7.30pm. More information here
7th July, Remaking Ancient Greek & Roman Myths in the twenty-first century, Reading and Q & A, OU Centre in London, Hawley Crescent Camden, London NW1. Times & details to follow. More information here
16 September, Lyric: Ancient & Modern, Reading & talk, Ertegun House, University of Oxford, St Giles, Oxford.
13 October, Ashdown Forest: A Celebration, Reading, Ashdown Forest Centre, Forest Row, East Sussex

2015:
October 20th, Contemporary Women Writers & Classical Reception (with Clare Pollard) , Reading & Talk, Institute of Classical Studies/Royal Holloway College London Seminar, Senate House, London. 6.30-8 pm.
October 16th, Reading from ‘Letting Go: Mourning Sonnets’. Agenda/Mayfield School Poetry Festival, Mayfield School, East Sussex.
June 3rd, No Lighter Burden Than A Pen: New Versions of Horace, Sappho & Petrarch, Readings & discussions  of experimental versions (with Tim Atkins & Peter Hughes)
Poetry Library, South Bank Centre, London, 20.00-21.30 (entry free but please prebook). Further information may be found here.
May 8th, ‘The most beautiful of any sight’: songs from Sappho
A musical performance of translations by Josephine Balmer & David Stuttard, set to music & sung by Emma Hetherington & Rebecca Vucetic. British Museum, 18.00-18.30 & 19.00-19.30. Free entry. Further information may be found here.

March 3rd, Josephine Balmer in Conversation with Professors Theo Hermans, Phiroze Vasunia & Maria Wyke, Wilkins Front Quad, University College London, 18.00-19.30 (followed by a reception). Free entry. Further information may be found here

2014:
November 21st, Unbuttoning Catullus (with Nicola Gardini & Gail Trimble)
St Anne’s College, Oxford, 17.00-19.00 (followed by a reception). Free entry. Further information may be found here
September 4th, Palladas: The Other Half Speaks Out, New Versions by Josephine Balmer.

A public event (with Edith Hall) at an international conference on Palladas organised by University College/King’s College, London. Further information may be found here. Watch a video of this event here. See also my posts here and here.

2013:
October 31st, Poet in the City: Sappho (with Margaret Reynolds, Tony Harrison, Edith Hall, Sian Thomas & Richard Parkinson)
Bloomsbury Theatre London, 18.30. Further information can be found here. A pre-event interview can be found here. See also my post here.
January 29th, Modes of Creativity: Writing and Translation (with Jeremy Munday)
Senate House, London, 17.30-19.30. Further information can be found here.

2012:
July 14th, Translation: A Performance of the Text?  (Paper presented at the Performing Sappho conference)
Lecture Theatre, APGRD, St Giles, Oxford. Further information may be found here.