Vera Pavlova: Poetry and Music

Vera Pavlova is a big figure in modern Russian literature. The honesty and sincerity of Pavlova’s writing, and her measured, sober delivery, are reminiscent of Marina Tsvetaeva. Much of Pavlova’s poetry focuses on personal feelings, and explores many different aspects of life: family (and the tragic way in which it can fall apart), love, and marriage are all common themes of her writing. Her work is referred to as “Poetry for the soul” – introspective, deeply emotional poetry, which confronts the reader with incredibly personal experiences. Even the format of Pavlova’s poetry –very short lines, and poems of just a few lines each – makes the impact of her words all the more powerful.

6.30pm doors open; 7pm poetry and music; 8.30pm drinks; 9pm close.

Vera Pavlova studied the history of music at Gnessin Academy, and three years later began a successful career in poetry. She rose to prominence very quickly, and is praised for her technical skill, as well as for the direct, powerful impact of her writing. Despite shunning publicity, she has attracted an enormous following in her native Russia, regularly giving readings to packed halls. Pavlova has also received acclaim for her experimentation with new media in her poetry, and has experimented with text-messaging, video clips and postcards. As well as publishing eighteen collections of poetry, which have been translated to 22 languages, she has also written five opera libretti and lyrics for two cantatas. Six theatre companies in Russia have adapted her poetry for the stage.

For more information on Vera Pavlova visit her site www.verapavlova.us

Tickets include a glass of wine.