Lit Preview: Poetry Parnassus @ Southbank Centre

By Janan Jay Last edited 73 months ago
Lit Preview: Poetry Parnassus @ Southbank Centre


Literature loving multilingual Londonists – and there are a lot of us – have the chance to get involved in what is poised to be one of the most significant poetry events ever. Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus, to be held 26 June-1 July 2012 as part of the London 2012 Festival (the grand finale of the four-year long Cultural Olympiad), will showcase the work of poets from around the world – each one to represent each competing nation. A shortlist of all 204 artists that are set to perform will be announced next month. Amongst the flurry of overseas speak, projections, print outs and interpreters will be relied upon to convey art into English.

And here’s where we come in. The search is still on for translators – especially simultaneous interpreters.

So those lucky to be bilingual from birth or have slaved away over grammar books and fought hard to retain foreign nouns in an already crowded brain-space are encouraged to contribute to a stunning celebration of language, literary translation, poetry and global unity. Your talents and experience can be put to good use by applying online.

Powodzenia, Ganbatte Kudasai and Good Luck London!

Poetry Parnassus will be at the Southbank Centre for one week 26 June-1 July 2012.

Last Updated 12 January 2012