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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

BM/PM
The divided self

Friday 11 April,
19.00–20.30
Clore Education Centre
Tickets £5
Tickets are no longer available online for this event. Please visit the Ticket Desk in the Great Court at the British Museum in advance of the event to purchase tickets.

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BM/PM takes place every second Friday of the month.

Relax at the bar with friends and catch performances that take a fresh look at the Museum’s collection.

Come to the Museum for an evening of new writing on the theme of the divided self, inspired by the exhibition Germany divided: Baselitz and his generation.

Michael Hofmann, Kathryn Maris and Sam Riviere will read selected works and premiere poems specially commissioned for this event in collaboration with the Poetry Society.

Michael Hofmann was born in 1957 in Freiburg, Germany, and came to England in 1961. He has published four volumes of poems and won a Cholmondeley Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for poetry. His translations have won many awards, including the Independent's Foreign Fiction Award, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the P.E.N./Book of the Month Club Translation Prize. His reviews and criticism are gathered in Behind the Lines (2001). His Selected Poems was published in 2008, and his translations from Gottfried Benn, Impromptus, earlier this year (both Faber).

Kathryn Maris is from New York City. She has won a Pushcart Prize, an Academy of American Poets award and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Yaddo. She lives in London, where she teaches creative writing and writes essays and reviews. God Loves You (Seren) was published in 2013 and is her second collection of poems.

Sam Riviere is the author of 81 Austerities (Faber & Faber, 2012), which won the Forward Prize for best first collection. His poems have appeared in many publications, including AnOther Magazine, Financial Times, The Guardian, New Statesman, and The White Review. A poetry blog, Kim Kardashian's Marriage, appeared for a limited period in 2013; Standard Twin Fantasy (f.u.n.e.x., 2014) is a new pamphlet of poems.


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