Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Number 70 Oxford St
Date: Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Location: UB03, Number 70 Oxford Street
Tickets: FREE - available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/robinson-jeffers-the-loving-inhumanist-lecture-with-andre-naffis-sahely-tickets-51883084703
A special chance to spend some time with one of the Manchester Writing School’s most exciting visiting fellows, André Naffis-Sahely. Join us for what promises to be an unmissable lecture.
André Naffis-Sahely is Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a poet, critic and translator. He was born in Venice to Italian and Iranian parents, and grew up in Abu Dhabi. He has a BA in History and Politics and an M.Litt in Creative Writing from the University of St Andrews. He has written on literature, film and the visual arts for The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, The Economist, PN Review and is the UK contributor for Words Without Borders. He also translates from the French and the Italian; forthcoming titles include The Rule of Barbarism (Pirogue Poets Series) and The Bottom of the Jar (Archipelago Books) by Abdellatif Laâbi and The Barbary Figs and The Funerals by Rachid Boudjedra (Arabia Books). His poetry has appeared in Poetry London, PN Review, The Warwick Review and The International Literary Quarterly. Naffis-Sahely's first collection of poetry is The Promised Land (Penguin, 2017).
This lecture will consider The Double Axe and Other Poems (1948), which Jeffers published at a time of rampant US jingoism in the wake of the Allied victory in World War II. The anti-militarism of the book and the author’s uncompromising philosophy of inhumanism eventually led to the downfall of one of the 20th century’s greatest American poets. Why?
The writers and researchers at Manchester Met, based in the Manchester Writing School, are always exploring two distinct paths within their work; how creative writing might serve as a mode of enquiry into the world and how such research might be disseminated outside of the academy in order for it to have the greatest impact. Our Writers at Manchester Met series allows us to interrogate the very best contemporary writing and continue to explore new ways in which it might reach wider audiences.