Leading translators Shaun Whiteside and Polly McLean tell us what presses their buttons when it comes to penning a sexy interpretation in English. Submitting to full frontal exposure, they compare their versions of the great French writer Apollinaire and the contemporary novelist Alina Reyes, author of The Butcher, in a live translation slam. Meanwhile, lewd slang supremo Jonathon Green provides bawdy, erudite commentary on which rude words we choose and why, while pondering whether a word can even be ‘dirty’…

Date: 9 March 2011, 7.45 pm. Venue: Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, London. For more information and reservations, please check the website of the Southbank Centre.

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