The Poetry Society Annual Lecture with Jan Wagner

20 February 2017

Monday 20 February 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Shulman Auditorium, The Queen’s College

The next Annual Poetry Society Lecture will be presented in Oxford in partnership with New College Oxford, and will be given by the German poet and translator, Jan Wagner.

Due to the popularity of this event it has been moved from New College to The Queen’s College. Click here for more information.

The Shedding of Skins and Schemes: a voice of one’s own and the voices of others

Jan Wagner is the outstanding German poet of his generation. His lecture, delivered in English, is on influence and the exchange of poetic ideas across borders; of the teachers poets must find for themselves (and then distance themselves from again). Interspersed with readings of some of his own poems, Wagner’s lecture draws on poets such as Rimbaud, Heym and Brecht, Popa, Pound and Hughes, and the poet-translators who have carried their work between cultures.

Wagner’s collection Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees (Arc), translated by Iain Galbraith, won the Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize 2015. He has translated into German poets including Armitage, MacNeice, Shapcott, Simic and Sweeney.

The lecture will also tour to London and Liverpool.


Tickets are free. However to be sure of a place please RSVP to Oliver Fox by email to

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