Àgnes Lehóczky


Àgnes Lehóczky about Sheffield

Parasite of Town

i. Greystones’ Backyards .....through numerous lies this city unpeels its stratigraphy, by means of camoufl...

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Ágnes Lehóczky is a Hungarian-born poet and translator who lives in Sheffield. She completed her Masters in English and Hungarian Literature at Pazmany Peter University of Hungary in 2001 and an MA with distinction in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2006. She holds a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from the UEA. She has two short poetry collections in Hungarian, Station X (2000) and Medallion (2002). Her first full collection, Budapest to Babel, was published in 2008. She was the 2009 recipient of the Arthur Welton Poetry Award and the winner of the Daniil Pashkoff Prize 2010 in poetry. She won the Jane Martin Prize for Poetry 2011 of Girton College, Cambridge. Her second collection of poems is to be published in 2011.

Her collection of essays on the poetry of Agnes Nemes Nagy Poetry, the Geometry of Living Substance was published in 2011. She wrote a libretto commissioned by Writers' Centre Norwich for The Voice Project at Norwich Cathedral as part of Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2011. Currently she teaches creative writing at the University of Sheffield.


About the citybook of Ágnes Lehóczky:
Parasite of Town is a sequence of prose poems written on the city of Sheffield. The poems take a psychogeographical approach in order to explore the urban landscape written from the perspective of a wanderer, an anonymous drifter who strolls in and out of the streets of the city with an uncertain desire and intention to explore the visible and invisible history, the palpable and impalpable architecture, the past and present psyche of the place. These poems intend to drift between the real and the fictitious, the tangible and the imagined.