Les Murray gave the Poetry Society's 2010 Annual Lecture on the 11th May.
In a rare UK appearance, Australian poet Les Murray gave the Poetry Society's annual lecture, in which he explored his life-long fascination with word-collecting. From the folk words and country speech he heard as a child, to the new coinages he collects for the Macquarie Dictionary, Murray explained how he has used poetry as a word-store. From rangas and pobbledonks to belly leggings and jail tats Murray served up some of the words that have most inspired him, while discussing how he's chosen to direct each word's unique potency. He also gave a reading of his poetry to introduce the lecture.
Les Murray is one of the "super-league" of world poets writing today. The son of a tenant farmer, Les Murray was born in 1938 on the remote north coast of New South Wales. He still lives nearby at Bunyah. The winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, he has published over 30 volumes of poetry and been translated into ten languages.
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"There is no poetry in the English language now so rooted in its sacredness, so broad-leafed in its pleasures, and yet so intimate and so conversational." Derek Walcott on Les Murray.
To read our recent Poetry News article about Les Murray and his passion for word-collecting, click here.
For more information about Les Murray see: www.lesmurray.org
Arranged with the help of the Institute of English Studies, University of London.
11th May 2010
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Beveridge Hall, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
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