Past Event

The Great Flight: Poems about Refugees

12 Feb 2016

The plight of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa in Europe has focused our attention on the migrant experience. Modern Poetry in Translation, the world poetry translation magazine founded 50 years ago by Ted Hughes and Daniel Weissbort, brings together poetry written by and about migrants: the experience of losing home, losing family and losing an identity in the flight to safety.

‘What general point can be drawn from this focus, except that politics and war have the power to make us all homeless, wandering, and dependent on the kindness of strangers? We’d better hope that when it happens we meet with more compassion than many refugees have had from us.’ - Sasha Dugdale, editor of Modern Poetry in Translation

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