Acclaimed German poet to visit Lancaster

Lancaster University.
Lancaster University.

An internationally-acclaimed German poet is making her debut at Lancaster University next month (March 2), as part of its innovative ‘Authors and The World’ project.

Ulrike Sandig, will be in Lancaster to perform some of her groundbreaking work. She will be joined by Professor Karen Leeder, a leading authority on German poetry from Oxford University, who is the poet’s UK translator.

The writer is visiting the UK as part of the London-based ‘Poet in the City’ project, which aims to bring modern and classic poems to lovers of the art and to new audiences.

‘Poet in the City’ describes Ulrike’s work as “poetry experienced through the senses”.

Ulrike’s performance will include short films with sound in German and subtitles in English, and poetry readings in German interspersed with live English translations by Professor Leeder.

Ulrike began her work pasting poems onto lamp posts in Leipzig and spreading them on flyers and free post cards.

To date she has published three highly acclaimed volumes of poetry, along with prose books and radio plays. She is also involved in ‘sound art’ projects.

Emily Spiers, Research Associate in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster, has been involved in organising the event.

She said: “Ulrike Sandig’s performance at the university is quite a coup and we’re expecting a large audience for what promises to be an unforgettable evening.

“Ulrike’s poems have inspired some stunning artistic responses, both in film and sound art, and she is credited with helping to create a whole new perspective on language and its possibilities.

“Her performances are very creative and often involve sound and visual installations, she has even collaborated with musicians on recordings of certain poems.

“We are delighted that she is visiting Lancaster along with such a distinguished academic as Professor Leeder, who is one of the foremost translators of contemporary German poetry.”

Karen Leeder is Professor of Modern German Literature and a Fellow at New College, Oxford.

She has published widely on modern German literature and culture, especially poetry.

She is also a prize-winning translator of contemporary German poetry into English and is currently Torch Knowledge Exchange Fellow with the Southbank Centre in London.

To book a place for the evening event, which is free, contact Emily Spiers: e.spiers@lancs.ac.uk.

It will take place in the LICA Building at Lancaster University, starting at 6.30pm and running until 9pm.