Events – 2013 and 2014

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Timothy read with Long Poem Magazine on Thursday 27 November at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, his poem of 100 lines and one vowel, ‘The Excellent Wessex Event (When She Wedded Me)’. An Apparatus Criticus appears with it in the Magazine, no. 11: please see under Lipograms. Also: Robert Desnos ‘Ode to Coco’.

Working Men’s College

On Sunday 2 November Timothy read with Nick Murray and others at the Working Men’s College, London NW1.

Waterstone’s, Piccadilly

On Tuesday 7 October, Timothy again hosted Poet in the City’s ‘Drop–In’ at Waterstones, Piccadilly, London. The theme was Writing Materials.

Lumen, Tavistock Place

On Tuesday 17 June, Timothy was guest poet with Lorraine Mariner at Lumen, 88 Tavistock Place WC1. Several floor poets contributed to this very happy evening. The series run by Ruth O’Callaghan aids the homeless who take shelter in this remarkable church.


On Saturday 10 May 2014, Timothy read with Elaine Feinstein at Poetry–next–the–Sea at Wells, Norfolk. Each had a total of 40 minutes. Timothy responded to the festival’s Great War theme and read poems from his books (3 out already, 3 to follow) and then a mixed assortment. His bookstall of translated poetry was open throughout the festival.

Verdict of the Director, Fiona Fraser: “You were such a resounding success!”

Also reading: Andrew Motion, Rowan Williams, Gillian Beer, M R (Meg) Peacocke, Fiona Sampson, Emily Berry, David Harsent, Hugh Cecil.

Poetry and Opera

On 13 March 2014, on Radio Resonance, ‘The Opera Hour’ covered the current issue of Agenda magazine, ‘Poetry and Opera’. Richard Scott was with editor Patricia McCarthy and contributors Eva Salzman, Sorana Santos and Timothy Adès. Please go to and find 13 March 2014. Timothy is on after 15 minutes.

Rhythm and Rhyme posterRhyme and Rhythm

On Friday 28 February, Angela Kirby and Timothy were the guest poets at Sarah Doyle’s new ‘Rhyme and Rhythm Jazz–Poetry Club’ at the Dugdale Centre, Enfield. Poetry backed by top London jazz band Special Edition.

Lauderdale House

On Wednesday 26 February, Timothy read at Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London, with the poets Billy Doyle, Paul Birtill, Annwen Evans and Mike Loveday.

Tasting of Bordeaux Wines

On 22 October, at a tasting of Bordeaux wines organised by Poet in the City at Clyde & Co, Timothy’s versions of French wine poems were brilliantly read by TV actor Philip Fox.

London Lit Weekend

On 5 October at the London Lit Weekend at Kings Place, Timothy joined Elaine Feinstein and Martyn Crucefix to present: Great Poets in Translation: Tsvetaeva, Rilke, Hugo. Elaine Feinstein is a writer in the front rank, a distinguished novelist, biographer and poet. Martyn Crucefix has won several awards for poetry. This was a repeat of a successful event in May at Waterstone’s, Hampstead — now in a bigger venue.

British Library: International Translation Day

Monday 30 September was International Translation Day. At the British Library, London, Timothy was on the Panel for ‘When is a Translation not a Translation?’ Also on the panel: Angheliki Petrits (European Commission), Isabel del Rio (International Maritime Organisation). Chair: Amanda Hopkinson.

Waterstones, Piccadilly

On Tuesday 6 August at Waterstones, 203–206 Piccadilly, London, Timothy was host at ‘Drop–In’ (Poet in the City). Theme: HARVEST.

Rodin in Hertfordshire

On 29 June Timothy organised a gathering of forty people in rural Hertfordshire. Readings from Patricia McCarthy’s great poetry book Rodin’s Shadow, led by Patricia herself, were followed by a visit to the Rodin/Moore exhibition at the Henry Moore Foundation.

Keats House, London

On 26 May, the Keats Festival at Keats House, Keats Grove, London NW3 hosted the Flamingofeather poetry competition: Timothy read his prize poem. The other prizewinners were: Kate Ling, Diana Gittins, John Gohorry, Christopher North, Claudia Daventry (best reading!), Jonathan Edwards, Nick Mahoka, Karen Green. Flamingofeather is a London–based multi–media arts company covering physical theatre, dance and literature. Timothy’s poem of 100 lines and one vowel is published in Long Poem magazine no.12, 2014.

Camden Town

On Friday 3 May at Buck Street in Camden Town, corner of Kentish Town Road, London, Timothy was called on at short notice to read for Agenda Poetry Magazine.

Canary Wharf, London

On 19 March, Timothy’s translations of French wine poems were read by Geoffrey Streatfield and Rosalie Jorda, at a tasting of French wines held by the Wine Society. Jazz was played and Elizabeth Hannaford’s wine–inspired paintings were on the walls. A raffle supported the organisers, Poet in the City. The event took place at the offices of Clifford Chance in Canary Wharf, London E14: great views from the 30th floor.

Black’s Club, London

Timothy read from How to be a Grandfather at Black’s Club in Soho on 16 February, as part of Victor Hugo: Poetry and Song.

The event was presented by Poet in the City and The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation, and featured poems by Hugo set to music by great composers and performed by Ciara Hendrick (mezzo soprano) and Sholto Kynoch (piano). Harry Guest read from The Distance, the Shadows. A packed house enjoyed the fine music and poetry.

Launch of How to be a Grandfather

Timothy presented How to be a Grandfather at:

  • The Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution on 15 March.
  • Torriano Meeting House on 20 January, as part of a happy and successful occasion with Martina Thomson, whose Panther and Gazelle, translations of Paula Ludwig’s poems, was also being issued by Hearing Eye.
  • The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London, on 30 January. Here is a review of the event:

On Wednesday 30 January Timothy Adès gave a fascinating account of the life and work of Victor Hugo in general and of his poems in particular.

Timothy in full flow

The evening was very well attended but people are always shy to occupy the first two rows. Though one lady who was the first to arrive, boldly occupied a front row seat, and grabbed the opportunity to have a pre–event chat with Timothy.

It was a very lively evening and we even listened to a recording of a Victor Hugo poem set to music, and we were invited to some audience participation:

I don’t know where and I don’t know when,
Old Yannick was blowing his chanter and drone.

the rapt audience

Other poems ranged from grandfatherly interference in ‘The Pot of Jam’, lovely observations of a child in ‘Jean Asleep — II’:

She sleeps: those eyes will shine when day has dawned.
Clutched in the dark, my finger fills her hand:

to grandpa’s childhood frolics neatly illustrated by the poem ‘Pepita’:

With hairnet and mantilla, so
That rhyme took time to fit her,

After the reading Timothy was kept busy with requests from the audience to sign their newly acquired copy of How to be a Grandfather.

(Report by Bernadette Jansen op de Haar, of Holland Park Press.)

Long Poem Magazine at the Poetry Library

Timothy was at Long Poem Magazine’s showcase event on Wednesday 9 January 2013 at the Poetry Library, above the Royal Festival Hall, London, as part of their Special Edition Series. He read his version of ‘Romances of Rio de Janeiro’ by the great Mexican writer, Alfonso Reyes, which is published in LPM no: 8.

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