T.S. Eliot, Dante, and the European Tradition: An International Symposium
January 19th - 25th , 2008
  Promoted by:
Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation
Palazzo Coppini Via del Giglio, 10
50123 Florence (Italy)


Author : Mr. Richard Burns


Richard Burns attends this symposium as 'poet-in-residence'. He is available to any participants who may wish to consult with him on matters relating to the practice of poetry. On the evening of Wednesday, January 23 he will give a poetry reading from his recent work, followed by informal questions and opendiscussion.

Richard Burns was born in London in 1943, into a family of musicians. After graduating from Cambridge, he went to live in Italy for two years, partly influenced by T. S. Eliot's work on Dante. He has also lived in Greece,former Yugoslavia and the USA. His perspectives combine English, French,Mediterranean, Jewish, Slavic, American and Oriental influences. He has published more than 20 books; his poems have been translated into 22 languages. His latest work is The Blue Butterfly, recipient of the Wingate-Jewish Quarterly Award for Poetry (UK) and the Veliki skolski cas Award (Serbia). He has also received the Eric Gregory Award, Keats Memorial Poetry Prize, Yeats Club Prize and the international Morava Poetry Prize. In the 1970's, he founded the international Cambridge Poetry Festival. As a theorist, he is especially interested in poetry universals.
See also the British Council website: http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/"

"Richard Burns is a Bye-Fellow at Downing College, Cambridge, Preceptor at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and a former Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.""

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