Ezra Pound

zra Pound | Late Tate
Friday, 3 October
18.30 – 22.00
Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG
admission free


To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ezra Pound’s arrival in London in 1908, nine performers will present poetry, music, and creative performances inspired by Pound’s poetic work. All performances will be held in Gallery 17 of the Tate Britain this Friday from 18.30 to 22.00.

Irish poet Niall McDevitt will present Pound as the ‘Urban Shaman’ and will emphasize Pound’s meter and rhythm with a recitation of his verse accompanied with a drum. JL Williams, a Glasgow-based poet, will present her own poetry inspired by Pound. Robert Rehder, poet and professor emeritus of the University of Fribourg, will read a selection of Pound’s poetry as well as his own poems influenced by Pound. Tony Dunn, lecturer of literature and theatre at the University of Portsmouth, will present a verbal collage of Pound’s creative writings. Violinist Sarah Jane Barnes will perform the music of Pound’s Canto 75 while actor Philip Mulryne will recite the canto’s verse and David Barnes will narrate. James Byrne, editor of The Wolf poetry magazine, will read his poetry inspired by Pound, followed by London-based poet Lee Scrivner, who will recite a memorized version of Canto 38.

Performances will take place in Gallery 17 of the Tate Britain on Friday, 3 October from 18.30 to 22.00.

6.30 – 6.50 Niall McDevitt, ‘Pound as Urban Shaman’
6.55 – 7.15 JL Williams, poetry reading
7.20 – 7.40 Robert Rehder, poetry reading
7.45 – 8.10 Tony Dunn, ‘A Persona for E.P.’
8.15 – 8.40 Sarah Jane Barnes, David Barnes, & Philip Mulryne, ‘Pound’s Musical Muse’
8.45 – 9.05 Robert Rehder, poetry reading
9.10 – 9.25 James Byrne, poetry reading
9.30 – 9.45 Lee Scrivner, ‘With Usura’

Published by Marcus Slease

Born in Portadown, Northern Ireland, Marcus Slease has made his home in such places as Turkey, Poland, Italy, South Korea, the United States, Spain, and the United Kingdom – experiences that inform his nomadic surrealist writing. His latest book is Never Mind the Beasts (Dostoyevsky Wannabe 2020).

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