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The Polish Muse: A Story of Polish Poetry in 12 Poems, with Anita Jones-Dębska

November 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Monday, 14th November 2011, 7.30 pm. Admission free, all welcome!

Presented in conjunction with the Irish Polish Society and the Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association

A presentation of Polish poetry in English translation, suggesting how an individual poem may crystallise a particular mood or moment in the diverse history of Poland over the past six centuries. The texts, taken from the anthology A Story of Poland in 60 Poems, will range from the earliest extant poetic text in Polish to a recently published poem, and the writers represented include such major figures as the Renaissance poet Kochanowski, the Baroque poet Jan Andrzej Morsztyn, the Romantics Mickiewicz and Norwid, the still living Różewicz, Szymborska and Hartwig, and other less well-known authors. The evening will also feature music by Polish composers.

Anita Jones-Dębska is a British translator – and performer – of Polish poetry. She also publishes her own hand-made collections of her translations, which so far have included works by Mickiewicz, Leśmian, Słowacki and others, and copies of which will be available on the evening.

For more information, please contact Pat Quigley ( or John Kearns (

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