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Alice Oswald

Running Time: 75 minutes no interval Suitable for: 14+ In her book-length poem, Memorial, Alice Oswald takes Homer’s Iliad and translates it into an astonishing, beautiful and shocking twenty-first century elegy. Her performance of it is starkly dramatic and intensely moving, and is absolutely unlike any other poetry reading you will see. Alice Oswald won the Forward Prize 1996 with The Thing in the Gap-stone Stile, the T S Eliot Award with Dart, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize 2006 with Woods, Etc. the inaugural Ted Hughes Award with Weeds and Wild Flowers and a Cholmondeley Award in 2009 for her contribution to poetry. All poetry has a memorial aspect – the fixing of a moment, a place, the passing of a life. But this is remembering on a grand scale. This is a concentrated, intense, multi-tasking elegy. And it is written with a freshness to match Homer's own – as if each soldier had died on the day of writing. -Kate Kellaway in The Observer Presented as part of Nottingham’s first FESTIVAL OF WORDS ( by University of Nottingham School of English and Lakeside Arts Centre