83 – Translation Duel

Sasha Dugdale

Sasha Dugdale

Two poet-translators rattle their sabres and sharpen their swords for a duel of words and French poetry.  Join Sasha Dugdale who talks to Olivia McCannon and Susan Wicks to compare their translations of a contemporary French poet (shown below).

A translation duel is a fascinating and illuminating way to engage with a brilliant new poem and learn more about the mechanics of poetry translation.

Olivia McCannon is a translator of Balzac and winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.

Susan Wicks’ translations of Valérie Rouzeau have won prizes and her own seventh collection, The Months was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

In partnership with Modern Poetry in Translation.

Sponsored by Alison and Nigel Falls

The poems referred to in the recording are shown below – use the navigation buttons to move between them.