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Faculty of Classics


How and why does classical antiquity live on in us and in our worlds?

Join the Museum of Classical Archaeology online for poetry readings by Lesley Saunders and Josephine Balmer, framed by the evocative surroundings of our gallery of classical casts.

Their performance responds to the idea expressed by the classical scholar Edmund Richardson that ‘we work with fragments, we work with dreams, we work with the longing for lost texts to be discovered, for every broken thing to be repaired…’

The event will be pre-recorded and the video will premiere on 27th March at 6pm and be available for the duration of the festival. The video will feature a Question and Answer section.

The poets would love to answer any questions you might have for them. The registration form will give you an opportunity to ask questions in advance of the event. We will do our best to answer them during the recording.

Watch the teaser videos below, and register to get a useful reminder!

This event is part of Cambridge Festival 2021 which takes place from 26 March to 4 April, with a series of free online events and activities for everyone. Find out more here.

Josephine Balmer is a classical translator, scholar and literary critic as well as a poet; her work has been widely anthologised and poems, translations and interviews have been broadcast on radio and television.

Lesley Saunders is a poet, translator (of modern Portuguese poetry) and educationist, whose poetry has won several awards and been broadcast on radio; she is particularly keen on poetic collaborations.


Saturday, 27 March, 2021 - 18:00 to Sunday, 4 April, 2021 - 12:00

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