Ian Johnston is the eminent translator of ancient Chinese poetry and philosophy, published in Hobart, Hong Kong and New York. Barry Hill is the celebrated poet and historian who has won numerous awards, most recently the ACT’s 2008 Judith Wright Award. Ian will be reading from his new book, Waiting for the Owl: Poems and Songs from Ancient China, and Barry from his Four Lines East, his responses to India, Thailand and Japan.
In this night of reading and discussion, they come together to celebrate and share memorable poetry with a mind to the enterprise of translation.
Supported by the Australian Poetry Centre.
Barry Hill is a multi-award winning writer of poetry, history, biography, fiction and reportage.
Reason and Lovelessness is his latest collection of essays variously published in Australia, India and London. It includes ‘satellites’ of his major works – such as Sitting In (1992), a landmark memoir in labour history; Broken Song: TGH Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession (2002), a literary biography on Aboriginal and frontier poetics; and Peacemongers (2014), a pilgrimage book about Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi in the years leading up to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Ian Johnston is a linguist, translator and former neurosurgeon.