Timothy Adés (“the Last of the Rhyming Poet Translators”) first came to read with the 1000 Monkeys in the Bar des Arts in Guildford in 2015. We loved his translations of the poems of Robert Desnos so much that we set a date for him to come back and read from his forthcoming books on this French surrealist, lover of individual freedom and resister against Nazism.
And so Desnos Night was on 17th May, a mid-month Tuesday, like our old meetings before the Bar des Arts became something different. We held it at the Keystone and we were not disappointed. Timothy Adés’ skilled translations and generous presence brought these free-ranging, playful, imaginative poems to life in the Keystone, to an enthusiastic audience.
Timothy also read from his book of translations of Victor Hugo's How to be a Grandfather, a bilingual book published by Hearing Eye in 2012.
In 2014 Timothy Adés published a book of his translations of Desnos’ poems for children, Storysongs/Chantefables, Agenda Editions, 2014, with art by Cat Zaza. He is preparing a definitive collection of the originals and his English translations. Selected poems of Robert Desnos: Surrealist, Lover, Resistant is to be published soon by Arc. We're very much looking forward to reading it. For a full list of his publications, look here "http://www.timothyades.co.uk/publications Timothy is also selling his and others' books at discounted prices in Godalming Craft Fair, at the Borough Hall , on Saturday 21st May and in other Surrey venues at weekends.
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Janice & Dónall Dempsey
We are poets, writers, spoken word performers, editors and organisers of spoken word events, based in the United Kingdom.