Adélia Prado profile on World Service
The Documentary: Adélia Prado - Voice of Brazil, BBC World Service, Wednesday 10 August 2016
This half-hour radio feature on Brazilian poet Adélia Prado, recorded in Brazil with Adélia and her translator Ellen Doré Watson, first aired on Radio 4 in June. It was re-broadcast on the World Service in August and is still available online. With contributions from Naomi Jaffa, who brought Adélia Prado and Ellen Doré Watson over to the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in 2014, where they launched Prado’s first British publication The Mystical Rose: Selected Poems.
‘A rare encounter with one of Brazil's most extraordinary poets. Adélia Prado has shunned the spotlight since her discovery in 1976 - then a 40-year-old mother of five living in the interior state of Minas Gerais. Now aged 80, her sensual, devout, some-times provocative poetry is read and admired around the world. For this programme, in the company of her long-time translator and fellow poet Ellen Doré Watson, she invites us into her home to talk about her life and work.’
Poems read on the programme are ‘With Poetic Licence’, ‘Denouement’, ‘Seduction’ and ‘Day’. All these poems are included in Bloodaxe’s The Mystical Rose: Selected Poems.
[12 September 2016]