Adélia Prado: Guardian recommendation & radio profile
'I am always immensely moved by the poetry of Adélia Prado. Her pen and her soul are at perpetual war with her life and her faith. But the things she rails against are the things she loves most. I rarely read her without the odd sniff.' - Novelist Nicola Barker, The Guardian (The books that made me)
Click here to read the full feature.
The Documentary: Adélia Prado - Voice of Brazil, BBC World Service, Wednesday 10 August 2016, rebroadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra, Sunday 10 January 2021, 12pm & 5pm
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 2016. It was rebroadcast 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.
Rebroadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra on 10 January 2021, chosen and introduced by poet Daljit Nagra.
‘Prado’s poems are marked by an immediacy and a depth. Her poems are about the body, while also being about religion.’ – Daljit Nagra, introducing Adélia Prado on Radio 4 Extra.
Listen here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000r3cp
Available until 9 February 2021.
[02 August 2019]