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Poets for PEN

Posted: March 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

On Saturday 8 March we welcomed three poets to read for us in the latest of our Poets for PEN nights. The award-winning Jamie McKendrick last joined us in June 2012 at the official launch of OxforJamieMcK2d Student PEN (pictured left) and it was a pleasure to hear him read from his work as poet and translator again. We were very happy also to hear readings from Jane Griffiths, poet and Fellow in English at Wadham College, and Caroline Ashley, who is active on the Oxford poetry scene.

All poets read beautifully and there were many correspondences between their work which none of us had planned for. They were also kind enough to participate in conversation afterwards with a characteristically curious PEN audience, who had questions about poetry’s power and function to represent and express the world in relation to other forms and disciplines, from the visual arts to physics to philosophy.