Cassandra Complex: Mistranslated Prophecies and Apocalyptic Visions

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21 March 2019 - Part of the LeCTIS Seminar Series 2018/19 - Spring


Date: 21 March 2019
Time: 4.30pm-6.00pm
Venue: Bennett Lecture Theatre 5

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Speaker: Jonathan Taylor University of Leicester

Jonathan's new poetry collection, Cassandra Complex (Shoestring Press, 2018), explores the ancient and multifaceted relationship between poetry and prophecy. Some of the poems draw on personal moments of (apparent) prophecy and clairvoyance; some are found poems, based on translations or mistranslations of historical prophecies; some take mythical or historical material as points of departure for contemporary political commentary.

In this paper, he will read from the collection, and discuss the various ways in which he adapted pre-existing and translated material.

About the speaker

Jonathan Taylor is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. His books include the memoir Take Me Home (Granta, 2007), the novels Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and Melissa (Salt, 2015), and the poetry collection Cassandra Complex (Shoestring, 2018). His website is

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