A rare appearance in the UK of the poet who has come closest to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, but never quite made it. Ko Un will be appearing at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival on 3-4 November, in London on 5 November, Oxford on 6 November and Cambridge on 8 November. (Could he be hanging around in Oxford on 7 November to see PSY? Probably not). Below are the details of his London appearance, and further down the page all the other appearances.
An Evening with Ko Un
A fascinating evening of poetry with Korea’s foremost poet and human rights activist. Ko Un will be joined by former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion and the event will be introduced by Kate Allan, director of Amnesty International UK.
Featuring Korea’s greatest living poet and writer and his leading English translator, Brother Anthony of Taizé.
Presented by former UK poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion
From 6.30pm on Monday 5th November 2012 at Amnesty International UK, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA. The event itself will start promptly at 7pm
Ko Un is a poet, essayist, novelist, translator, and literary critic, with an immense literary achievement consisting of more than 130 published books. His poetry ranges from the short lyric to the vast epic sweep of the seven volumes of Paektu-san. The on-going series Maninbo (Ten Thousand Lives) contains short poems evoking one by one all the people Ko Un has met in his life, as an expression of his deep desire to incarnate in his poetry a radical rewriting of modern Korean history.
Ko Un became a human rights activist opposing the harsh military regime of South Korea’s president, President Park Chung-hee. His dissident activities led to repeated terms of detention, imprisonment and torture.
Former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, who has written the introduction to Ko Un’s collection First Person Sorrowful, presents this fascinating evening in the company of Ko Un and his English translator Brother Anthony of Taizé.
Featuring poems and extracts in Korean and English translations, this will be a special celebration of a remarkable man. Following his appearance at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival for The Poetry Trust, this event is his only London reading. It also marks the release of First Person Sorrowful, a selection of Ko Un’s poems in English – his first UK book – published by Bloodaxe Books.
Tickets are free but should be reserved via Poet in the City on 07908 367488 or email [email protected]
Aldeburgh, 3-4 November
at The Maltings, Snape
Saturday Nov 3
1. Q&A Ko Un (Dialogue with Naomi Jaffa) Br Anthony interprets
1:45 – 2:30 pm in Peter Pears Recital Room
2. Talk: Korean Poetry Br Anthony
4:15 – 4:45 pm in Kiln Room
Sunday Nov 4
1. Main Reading (Ingrid de Kok, Ko Un, Philip Schultz) Br Anthony reads and interprets 3:30 – 5:15 pm in Britten Studio
Oxford, Tuesday 6 Nov
Reading etc 5.30 to 7pm in Wolfson College’s Haldane Room. Free.
Details from Dr. Jay Lewis [email protected] Tel: 01865-(2)84377
Cambridge, Thursday 8 Nov
Reading etc 7:30 pm in Fitzwilliam College auditorium. Free.
Details from Dr Paul Chirico [email protected] 01223 332007
First Person Sorrowful http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/titlepage.asp?isbn=1852249536