Baudelaire and Rimbaud in the City

Professor Helen Abbott

It’s been a busy month or so of poetry/music events here in Sheffield. On 12 April 2013, we held our first poetry reading (in French and English) at the wonderful Nichols Building Cafe in Shalesmoor, attracting members of the public, students and colleagues from the departments of English and French. This first “Baudelaire in the City” evening was then followed up by two “Rimbaud in the City” evenings, promoted by the University of Sheffield’s French Department in conjunction with Arts Enterprise.

Reading Rimbaud in the city
The first Rimbaud event, on 17 May 2013, was another poetry reading in both French and English, using translations by acclaimed French poetry translator and translation theorist Clive Scott (Emeritus Professor, UEA) and by experimental Canadian poet Christian Bök. The reading was again attended by members of the public – some of whom had never read any Rimbaud before, others…

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Baudelaire in the City

The first in our events about nineteenth-century French literature, poetry and music and the city took place on Friday evening.

Baudelaire in the City readings

Baudelaire in the City: poetry, reading and music

Readings of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal and Petits poèmes en prose in French and English.

Convened by Dr Maxime Goergen and Dr Helen Abbott, with discussion led by Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson, as part of the French Research Seminar Series 2013 ‘The Arts and the City: 19th-century France in Sheffield’.

The event took place at EAT, the Nichols Building Cafe, Shalesmoor, 18.00-20.00 Friday 12 April 2013


Some photos, reflections and thoughts on the evening will follow shortly.