14th February, 7pm: A reading by Clive Wilmer and George Gömöri to introduce Clive Wilmer’s New and Collected Poems recently published by Carcanet Press.

Apart from Clive Wilmer’s own poetry the book contains over fifty translations, including thirty-six from the Hungarian. They will also be introducing their recently published translations of János Pilinszky’s poems Passio.
Clive Wilmer teaches at the University of Cambridge, where he is Emeritus Fellow in English at Sidney Sussex College and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of English. He has written and lectured extensively on the work of Ruskin and certain of his followers.
From 1986 to 1990, he was an editor of the magazine Numbers, which he founded with three colleagues. From 1989 to1992 he presented the BBC Radio 3 programme Poet of the Month; the transcripts of his interviews were collected in the book Poets Talking (1994). He is a frequent contributor – as poet, essayist and reviewer – to a variety of periodicals, notably the Times Literary Supplement, The London Magazine and PN Review. His eighth book of poetry, New and Collected Poems (Carcanet Press), appeared in 2012. With George Gömöri he has translated some twenty Hungarian poets into English, including books by Miklós Radnóti, György Petri, George Gömöri and, most recently, Passio: Fourteen Poems by János Pilinszky (Worple, 2011). He was awarded the Endre Ady Memorial Medal for Translation in 1998 and the Pro Cultura Hungarica medal in 2005. Végtelen változatok, a selection of his poems translated into Hungarian.
George  Gömöri is a Hungarian poet and translator, living in England since 1956. As a fourth year student of Polish Language and Literature at the University of Budapest, he was one of the students who organised the march in support of the Polish demands for reform, which escalated in the Hungarian Revolution. He co-translates Hungarian poetry into English with Clive Wilmer. Polishing October, published in 2008 by Shoestring Press, Nottingham, is the second collection of his poetry in English. He also edited the anthology of modern Hungarian poetry, The Colonnade of Teeth with George Szirtes. A Retired Lecturer from the University of Cambridge, he is Emeritus Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. His literary prizes include the Salvatore Quasimodo Prize (Balatonfüred, 1993), the Ada Negri Prize (Lodi, 1995) and the Pro Cultura Hungarica (1999). He has published a dozen books of poetry in Hungarian as well as several collections of essays an old Hungarian literature. He is member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (Cracow) and sits on the editorial board of the American periodical World Literature Today.