Ko Un will be appearing at the Ledbury Poetry Festival with Brother Anthony this month, before coming to London:
Ko Un and Brother Anthony
12 July 2015, 4.15pm–5.15pm
Burgage Hall | Church Lane | Ledbury | Herefordshire HR8 1DW
Box office 01531 636 232 | £9
Andrew Motion, in his introduction to First Person Sorrowful, calls Ko Un ‘a major poet, who has absolutely compelling things to say about the entire history of South Korea, and equally engrossing things to say about his own exceptionally interesting life and sensibility’. Ko Un lived through the Korean War, was a Buddhist monk and has spent three periods in prison. Now 80, he has published more than 150 volumes of poetry, including the extraordinary 30-volume Maninbo (Ten Thousand Lives), part of an oath made in prison that every person he had ever met would be remembered with a short poem. He appears with his translator Brother Anthony to chat about his life and share his poetry.