How Poetry Helps Us Live with Leonardo Froés, Anne Michaels and Ruth Padel


Britten Studio

08/10/2017 13:30 - 14:30

Past Event

We turn to poetry at threshold moments, but remarkable poets reveal how it can bring meaning to all parts of our experience, whether the environmental passions of Leonardo Froés, the migrant empathy of Ruth Padel or Anne Michaels’ profoundly humane commitment.

Leonardo Fróes

Leonardo Fróes, 76, is a Brazilian poet, author of 14 books. In 1971, at 30 years old and recently married, he quitted his job as editor-in-chief of a publishing company and left Rio de Janeiro to live with his wife in a little farm they had bought on the mountains of nearby Atlantic Forest. Since then they are living in the country, where he works as a translator, mainly from French and English, and as a free-lance literary journalist. His bookreviews and articles on literature appear regularly in the leading newspapers and magazines from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. He has translated many poets and novelists from European countries, including British authors Virginia Woolf, Malcolm Lowry, D.H. Lawrence, George Eliot, Jonathan Swift, Shelley and Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Anne Michaels

Anne Michaels was born in Toronto in 1958. She was educated at Toronto University where she continues to teach as an adjunct professor of creative writing. Her first volume of poems, The Weight of Oranges, was published to great acclaim in 1986 when it won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Americas. Fugitive Pieces, her first novel, has been published in over thirty countries and has won many international awards, including both the Orange Prize and the Guardian Fiction Award when it was published in 1997. - See more at:

All We Saw: In this passionate, piercing collection, Anne Michaels explores one of her essential concerns: 'what love makes us capable of, and incapable of'. - See more at:

"Anne Michaels guides us to the top of some extraordinary peaks of feeling and perception” –  Independent - See more at:

"Michaels is a great poet of loss, and the challenges of memory in the face of it ... Michaels produces passages of lyrical beauty” –  Guardian - See more at:

Ruth Padel

“A poet and scholar with a beautifully patient understanding, reminiscent of Ted Hughes, of how the natural word invests itself in our experience” - Telegraph

Ruth Padel is an award-winning British poet and writer. She is Reader in Poetry at King’s College London, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Zoological Society of London, and Trustee of New Networks for Nature, Patron of 21st-Century Tiger. Her most recent collection is Tidings, A Christmas Journey: “A literary and emotional feat, a magical narrative poem,’ (Observer) Other recent collections include The Mara Crossing, her ‘beautiful, haunted’ meditation on migration and immigration, and Darwin, A Life in Poems on her great great grandfather Charles Darwin. Awards include First Prize in the UK National Poetry Competition, a Cholmondeley Award from The Society of Authors, an Arts Council of England Writers’ Award and a British Council Darwin Now Research Award for her novel Where the Serpent Lives.