Nobel-nominated Polish poet Adam Zagajewski read 20 poems in English and Polish at a poetry recital in Hong Kong on the evening of 25 March. The event was co-organised by Lingnan University’s Centre for Humanities Research (CHR), Association of Stories in Macao, Hong Kong Fringe Club and international poetry magazine Pangolin House. Chris Song of CHR also read Mr Zagajewski’s poem The Room in Cantonese, followed by Ms Diana Shi in Mandarin.
Moderated by CHR’s affiliate fellow George O’Connell, the reading was attended by many Hong Kong poetry lovers, among whom included poet and translator Mr Huang Canran, poet Zheng Danyi, American poet James Shea and local young poets Matthew Cheng, Louise Law and Jacky Yuen.
Adam Zagajewski is a well-acclaimed contemporary Polish poet and philosopher who has been nominated several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Invited by poet Huang Lihai, Zagajewski was stopping by Hong Kong on his way to Guangzhou to receive the 9th Annual “Poetry and People” International Poetry Award on 30 March in Guangzhou.