This evening Professor John Turner will be reading and talking about the works of Paul Verlaine and reading some of his poems. Paul Verlaine (1844–1896) is probably the best-loved poet from late nineteenth century France. His poetry is said – with some truth – to resemble Tennyson’s – whom he admired – and had a huge influence on twentieth century English poetry (Yeats, Eliot, Sitwell…). He is simple, affecting, and surprisingly hard to translate. John Turner is a prize-winning, published, and broadcast poetry translator, who has so far translated some dozens of Verlaine’s works. His selection will be drawn from the full span of Verlaine’s strange and chaotic life. In the second half Paul would like to invite readings from the floor In the second half John would like to invite floor contributions of contemporary English poems, Tennyson, Swinburne, DG Rosetti, Nineties poets as well. Entrance £3.50/£3.00 including refreshments. (Pay on the door).