Events / CANCELLED: Poetry Night

CANCELLED: Poetry Night

March 4, 2020
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Wednesday 4 March


Four poets will entertain you: two of them are INSEAD alumni, who will be joined by two very distinguished poets and there will also be short poems from the floor.


Timothy Adès (MBA 66), is a rhyming translator-poet whose work includes books from the French of Victor Hugo, Robert Desnos, and Jean Cassou, and the Spanish of Alfonso Reyes, and awards for all these poets. His Florentino y el Diablo from Venezuela is sung in Spanish, and said in English, on YouTube. He has rewritten Shakespeare’s 154 Sonnets without using the letter E. He runs a bookstall selling translated poetry.


Rachna Chowla (MBA 09D), began writing poetry to give to her INSEAD friends on their wedding day. She is a practising doctor in Rotherhithe (and has been known to recite poems to her patients). Her first volume of poems, Fall in love with Love with me? reveals her to be a devotee of the great medieval Persian poet, Rumi. She set up ‘Swirling Leaf Press’ with her friend Anna Fraser, to help poetry friends publish and share poems that in some way represent love, truth and beauty.


Martyn Crucefix can write vivid and tender lyrics or test the limits of the narrative poem. He touches on history and identity and the transformations of imagination. An Eric Gregory Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship, and more; many collections; his translation of Rilke’s Duino Elegies was shortlisted for the Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation, “a milestone of translation and a landmark in European poetry”, “unlikely to be bettered for very many years”. His latest book is Cargo of Limbs from Hercules Editions.


Mimi Khalvati has published nine collections with Carcanet Press, including Child: New & Selected Poems, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, and The Meanest Flower, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. She is the founder of The Poetry School, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and her awards include a Cholmondeley Award and a major Arts Council Writer’s Award. Her new collection, Afterwardness, is a Book of the Year in The Guardian and The Sunday Times.


VENUE The Tokenhouse (Cellar Bar)
4 Moorgate, London EC2R 6DA
Nearest tube: Bank
TIME 18:30 for 19:00
COST Members £25 Non-members & guests £35
REFRESHMENTS Wine and canapés