Ágnes Lehóczky‘s Parasite of Town is a sequence of prose poems written on the city of Sheffield. The poems take a psychogeographical approach in order to explore the urban landscape written from the perspective of a wanderer, an anonymous drifter who strolls in and out of the streets of the city with an uncertain desire and intention to explore the visible and invisible history, the palpable and impalpable architecture, the past and present psyche of the place. These poems intend to drift between the real and the fictitious, the tangible and the imagined.
Ágnes Lehóczky is a Hungarian-born poet and translator who lives in Sheffield. She completed her Masters in English and Hungarian Literature at Pazmany Peter University of Hungary in 2001 and an MA with distinction in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2006. She holds a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from the UEA. She has two short poetry collections in Hungarian, Station X (2000) and Medallion (2002). Her first full collection, Budapest to Babel, was published in 2008. She was the 2009 recipient of the Arthur Welton Poetry Award and the winner of the Daniil Pashkoff Prize 2010 in poetry. She won the Jane Martin Prize for Poetry 2011 of Girton College, Cambridge. Her second collection of poems is to be published in 2011. Her collection of essays on the poetry of Agnes Nemes Nagy Poetry, the Geometry of Living Substance was published in 2011. She wrote a libretto commissioned by Writers’ Centre Norwich for The Voice Project at Norwich Cathedral as part of Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2011. Currently she teaches creative writing at the University of Sheffield.
You can read Parasite of Town in English here and in French here.
Parasite Town was written as part of the citybooks project – city portraits in words and images by European writers and artists.
The Sheffield citybooks project is hosted by Dr Henriëtte Louwerse, Senior Lecturer in Dutch at the University of Sheffield.
For the ninth time, the ALCS (Association for Low Countries Studies) is organizing its biennial conference. From Tuesday 3rd until Thursday 5th of April 2012, more than forty academics will present their reflections on the theme ‘Low Countries, Big Cities’.
The theme arises from the participation of The University of Sheffield in the citybooksproject, together with authors Joost Zwagerman, Rebecca Lenaerts, Helen Mort, Ágnes Lehóczky and Abdelkader Benali, photographer David Bocking and cinematographer Dominic Green.
The citybooks will be specially presented on Wednesday 4th of April. Willem Bongers-Dek introduces the project, poets Helen Mort and Ágnes Lehóczky will read their citybooks, followed by readings by four Sheffield students: Charles Macdonald-Jones, Louise Snape, Christine Barningham and Victoria Beardwood. The photos of David Bocking will be exhibited and Dominic Greene, the maker of the city-one-minutes will also be present.
Keynote addresses during the conference will be by Herman Pleij (UvA), Wim Vandenbussche (VUB) and Geert Buelens (UU). For more information visit: http://alcs.group.shef.ac.uk
Organised by: Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS) and The University of Sheffield with support from the Nederlandse Taalunie (Dutch Language Union) and the Vlaamse Vertegenwoordiging (Flemish Representation in Holland).