Media Release: In February, join the poetry [R]évolution at the Institut français d’Ecosse


THIS spring, the Institut français d’Ecosse launch VIVE THE [R]ÉVOLUTION, a triptych of poetry nights à propos translation of and between French and Scottish poetry, hosted by contemporary Scottish poets, Peter Manson, nick-e melville and Rody Gorman.

At the première event on Friday 7 February, Peter Manson will consider Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), who started a typographical and spatial revolution in poetry with «Un Coup de dé jamais n’abolira le hasard», paving the way for all poetic experiments thereafter.

Through readings of Mallarmé’s work in translation and an illustrated tour of his many collaborations with visual artists, including Whistler, Manet, Raffaelli, Rops and Redon, Peter Manson will explore Mallarmé’s visual and semantic detonations on the page.

Peter Manson lives in Glasgow. His books include ‘For the Good of Liars’, ‘Between Cup and Lip’ and ‘Adjunct: an Undigest’. His book of translations, ‘Stéphane Mallarmé: the poems in verse’ was published by Miami University Press (Ohio) in 2012.

Over the two following nights, nick-e melville will talk about his translation of bureaucratic language and his use of personal material (Friday 4 April, 19.00), and Rody Gorman will talk about his use of English, Irish and Scottish Gaelic to play with words and meanings (Friday 6 June, 19.00).

These rendez-vous should provide a fascinating and original take on translation, a process that is not about reproducing or offering an equivalent or identical object but about creating new meanings and new forms to create a new text, as Derrida would have it.


Listing info

Vive the [R]évolution: Poems in translation

Performance by Peter Manson

Friday 7 February 2014, 19.00 – 20.00

Institut français d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph crescent, Edinburgh EH3 7TT

Admission: £5/ £3

Box Office: 0131 225 5366


Notes for editors:

The Institut français d’Ecosse is the agency of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs with responsibility for cultural activity outside France. In Scotland, the agency is represented by the Institut français d’Ecosse (Edinburgh) which promotes French language and culture by providing French courses and organising events (film screenings, talks, exhibitions, concerts, etc.).

It also aims to encourage cross-cultural exchange between France and Scotland, in cooperation with Scottish Francophile institutions.

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