Sandra van Lente reads “Lametta” by Frances Leviston
Frances Leviston is a contemporary British poet, critic, and teacher of poetry and creative writing. Her first collection, Public Dream (Picador, 2007), was one of the most acclaimed debuts of recent years. It was shortlisted for a number of literary prizes, such as the T S Eliot Prize. Her second collection, Disinformation (Picador, 2015), was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Frances Leviston was praised for combining “technical mastery with a lucidity that verges on the hypnotic” (The Independent). In 2006, she received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, London Review of Books, the Guardian, The Times, the TLS, Edinburgh Review, and Granta/ British Council New Writing.
In June 2016, Frances Leviston visited the Literary Field Kaleidoscope and the Centre for British Studies in Berlin for a public reading. She read from her two collections Disinformation and Public Dream, both published by Picador (link to a short report of the event). And here you can see and hear Frances Leviston reading from her work at #BritLitBerlin 2015 (link to the video on youtube).
Today’s reading of the poem “Lametta” is taken out of Frances Leviston’s collection Disinformation with the author’s kind permission.
Sandra van Lente is a freelance project manager and translator who lives in Berlin. She also programmes websites and ebooks and teaches classes on project management, public relations and the literary field in the UK. She started the Literary Field Kaleidoscope together with Gesa Stedman in January 2016.