Miriam McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov

Miriam McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov is an outstanding translator of poetry; born in Northern Ireland, but has lived in Tallinn since 1992. She teaches Irish literature and textual analysis at Tallinn University, and is completing a doctoral thesis on translating poetry. Her most recent translation work, poetry collection Days of Grace by Doris Kareva was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2018.

Saturday, 14 April

Meet the translators

Featuring Miriam McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov, Christopher Moseley, Adam Cullen

Translators are the unsung heroes that allow literature to travel across border. Meet Miriam McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov, Christopher Moseley and Adam Cullen at this informal breakfast session at the Print Room bar, and find out what it takes to bring the Estonian language to life in English. Estonian breakfast will be provided.

11am, Bar | Free, 30mins

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Saturday, 14 April

Days of grace | Meet the Estonian master Doris Kareva

With Miriam McIlfatrcik, Philip Gross, Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste

Nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Kareva is one of Estonia’s best-loved poets. Her latest collection Days of Grace spans over forty years of her poetic output. She and her translator Miriam McIlfatrick will recite and discuss her work, and will be in conversation with the poet, novelist, playwright and academic Philip Gross. They will be accompanied by the musicians Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste.

Doris Kareva has published 18 poetry collections and has been translated into 20 languages. She has two books of poetry in English translation, Shape of Time and Days of Grace.

Miriam McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov was born in Northern Ireland and has lived in Tallinn since 1992. She teaches Irish literature at Tallinn University. Her latest translation is of Doris Kareva’s poetry collection Days of Grace.

Philip Gross has published some twenty collections of poetry, most recently A Bright Acoustic (Bloodaxe, 2017). The Water Table won the T.S.Eliot Prize 2009, and Love Songs of Carbon the Roland Mathias Award (Wales Book of The Year) 2016. Deep Field dealt with his Estonian refugee father’s final years and loss of language, an exploration into our place in the world broadened steadily through later collections. A new science-based collection for young people, Dark Sky Park, comes from Otter-Barry Books in July.

6pm, Theatre | £6, 40mins

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