83 – Translation Duel

Susan DugdaleTwo poet-translators rattle their sabres and sharpen their swords for a duel of words and French poetry.  Join Sasha Dugdale who talks to Olivia McCannon and Susan Wicks to compare their translations of a contemporary French poet (shown below).

A translation duel is a fascinating and illuminating way to engage with a brilliant new poem and learn more about the mechanics of poetry translation.

Olivia McCannon is a translator of Balzac and winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.

Susan Wicks’ translations of Valérie Rouzeau have won prizes and her own seventh collection, The Months was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

In partnership with Modern Poetry in Translation.

Sponsored by Alison and Nigel Falls

The poems referred to in the recording are shown below.


Original text Olivia's translation  Susan's translation