Sometimes they put you in seas
or rivers without telling you.
In 2011, The Red Room Company was approached by Dr Thomas Wohlfahrt of the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, to become the Australian partner for their international Lyrikline.org platform, which features the work of over 1000 poets from across the globe, in original and in translation, in text and audio. The Red Room Company, as the Australian partner, is bringing Australian poets to new audiences, as well as commissioning translations into English.
We are growing...
Over the past three years we’ve published and promoted 87 poems by 15 Australian poets. Of these, a number have already been translated into German, French and Chinese, with more translations to come. We have also commissioned 15 Australian poets to translate 80 poems from German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, Farsi, Indonesian, Swedish, Russian, and Chinese.
Along with the audio recordings of the poems and the translations, we also recorded some interviews with the poets, which are available to listen to online. In the next few years, we hope to grow this project and take Australian poets overseas, to major festivals in Berlin, Rotterdam and beyond.
Poets involved in the project include:
We’re extremely proud of this project that celebrates the cultural and linguistic diversity of Australian poetry and enriches dialogues between global literatures.
“Great periods of poetic activity have always been great periods of poetry translation.” ~ Lyrikline poet, Peter Boyle
The Red Room Company’s collaboration with Lyrikline has been made possible through the generous support of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.
Hanane Aad, Adam Aitken, Gülten Akin, Fadhil Al Azzawi, Nujoom Al-Ghanem, Ali Alizadeh, Amal Al-Jubouri, Mona Zahra Attamimi, Nicolas Born, Peter Boyle, Pam Brown, Haider Catan, Chris Edwards, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Michael Farrell, Lionel Fogarty, Tua Forsström, Maria Freij, Juan Gelman, Lisa Gorton, Martin Harrison, Dorothea Rosa Herliany, Marty Hiatt, Fiona Hile, AD Hope, Zeina Issa, Sam Langer, Alice Melike Ülgezer, Zakaria Mohammed, Heiner Müller, Laetitia Nanquette, Claire Nashar, Gonca Özmen, José Emilio Pacheco, Vera Pavlova, Lyrikline Collaboration Poets, Jacques Roubaud, Gig Ryan...
A Wish, On the Chemin de Fer, I Smell Buffalo in Cambodia, The Anti-travel Travel Poem, Pol Pot in Paris, Fable, Baroque, Night Bird , Countries longing for their inhabitants , Your Terrorist, Evening Star, Robespierre, We, Listening to Michael Jackson in Tehran, Merri Creek, Knives, Tramps Like Us, Disposed Of, No one for themselves, everyone for no one, For Pasolini, Nature Poem, Horror Tuesday, One lunch in the village doesn't make a poem yet, Rugged up winter scene, Inside the poems, Time machine, Towns in the Great Desert (11), Why the Minotaur is Always Sad, In the Small Hours, Towns in the Great Desert (Chinese), In the Small Hours (Chinese), Two Poems by Irene Philologos, The tree’s ambition, The Joys of Mathematics, The Banker who owns the stars, Feed the orchid, Scenes, Cold front...
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