The Unknown Neruda

December 14, 2020

In 2019, Arc published my new translations of Pablo Neruda’s new poetry, in a bilingual collection called The Unknown Neruda. The title says it all – or most of it! The majority of the poems in this new book have never appeared in English before.

I spoke about, and read, some of these translations to a highly appreciative audience (I’m delighted to say) at the wonderful King’s Lynn Poetry Festival in 2019.

Adam Feinstein’s talks and public appearances

March 1, 2015


Adam Feinstein has given numerous presentations on Neruda around the world, including:

  •  ‘Is there anything sillier in life than trying to translate Pablo Neruda?’ at the XIV Forum for Iberian Studies – The Limits of Literary Translation, Oxford University (2010)
  • ‘Neruda and Picasso – A Meeting of Minds’ at Birkbeck College, University of London (2013)
  •  ‘Pablo Neruda’s love affair with Valparaíso’ at the Conference on the ‘Otherness’ of Port Cities, University of Liverpool (2013)
  •  ‘Pablo Neruda’s relevance today’ at which the leading Chilean poet, Raúl Zurita, recited from Neruda’s Canto General and Feinstein read his own new translations from this book, at the Instituto Cervantes, London (2013)
  • ‘Pablo Neruda: Poet of Words and Actions’, Cambridge University (2013)
  • ‘Neruda and Borges’ at the Anglo-Argentine Society, London (2014)
  • ‘Pablo Neruda and Italy:  A Life-Long Love Affair’ at the Italian Cultural Institute, London (2014)
  • ‘Borges and Neruda’ at the University of Buenos Aires (2014)
  • ‘Neruda and Borges’ at the Anglo-Argentine Society, London (2014)

Feinstein also organises regular Neruda readings. His many such poetry events have included taking part in an evening on London’s South Bank jointly with the actress Juliet Stevenson in 2004, producing an evening at King’s Place in London (which he also hosted) in 2013, where the actress Julie Christie read Neruda’s verse, and hosting evenings of Neruda’s poetry with the actor Timothy West at the Wimbledon Book Festival in 2014 and with David Soul (‘Hutch’ from Starsky and Hutch) at the St James Theatre in London in 2015.


Guardian podcast: interview with myself and David Soul

March 1, 2015

Here’s a link to the Guardian podcast with myself and David Soul (‘Hutch’ from Starsky and Hutch) talking about Pablo Neruda:

Fortieth anniversary of Pablo Neruda’s death this year (2013)

July 8, 2013

I am the UK biographer of the great Pablo Neruda, whom Gabriel García Márquez called ‘the greatest poet of the twentieth century in any language’.  As this year (2013) marks the fortieth anniversary of Neruda’s death, I will be involved in a number of events in London, Cambridge and Oxford. Details to follow.

Many of you may also have read that Neruda’s body was exhumed on April 8 this year to investigate the possibility that he might have been poisoned. The forensic tests are continuing in both Chile and the United States.

Adam Feinstein

Don’t miss David Soul reading Neruda’s poetry at our Chilean poetry and wine event in London on September 27, 2011

August 25, 2011

Just a quick note to urge you not to miss the celebrated actor, David Soul (Hutch out of Starsky and Hutch) reading Pablo Neruda’s poetry at the Poet in the City fund-raising evening of Chilean poetry and wine on September 27, 2011.  The Spanish versions of the poems will be read by the Chilean actor and poet, Alfredo Cordal.  There will be top-quality Chilean wine available, as well as nibbles. The event starts at 7pm at Linklaters, 1 Silk Street,  1 Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8HQ.  Tel: 020 7456 2000.  The nearest Tube stations are Barbican and Moorgate.  To book, please go to:

Adam Feinstein

My talks on Neruda’s last days at the wonderful El Sueño Existe festival in Machynlleth, north Wales

August 25, 2011

Just to say that I gave two talks on Neruda’s last days at the magnificent El Sueño Existe festival in Machynlleth, north Wales, on Augsut 13 and 14, 2011.  I also read – in Spanish and English – what were probably two of the last poems Neruda ever wrote, both of them exquisite jewels.

This festival, organised by a friend of mine,  Tony Corden, is a superb mixture of Latin American music and poetry which takes place in the small Welsh town every two years.  I cannot recommend it too highly – give yourselves a treat next time!

Adam Feinstein

Pablo Neruda evening at the Roundhouse in London on October 19, 2010

October 5, 2010

I am organising an evening at London’s Roundhouse on October 19,2010 dedicated to exploring the life of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, examining his current relevance, and commemorating – with unique film and recording – his historic Roundhouse recital of 40 years ago.
Here’s what the official Roundhouse website says:

This event includes fascinating insights and anecdotes by Adam Feinstein – Neruda’s acclaimed biographer – together with recollections of Neruda by his friend, and leading British expert on his poetry, Dr Robert Pring-Mill, filmed shortly before his death in 2005.

Readings of Neruda’s poems are provided by (amongst others) Mary Gifford-Brown, Lucy Tregear and Alfredo Cordal, with additional extracts of Neruda himself reading poems filmed and recorded at the Roundhouse 40 years ago.

Please let anyone else know who may be interested.

More details at:

Best wishes,

Adam Feinstein

My talk on Neruda in Spain at King’s College London on April 12, 2010

April 12, 2010

Just to let you know that I will be giving a talk on “Pablo Neruda:  The Turning-Point,”  at 2.30 pm on April 12, 2010, as part of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI) annual conference being held at King’s College London in The Strand.

Adam Feinstein

Poetry for Haiti – reading in London on Saturday, January 30, 2010

January 27, 2010

Just to let you know that there will be a poetry reading in London this Saturday (January 30, 2010), starting at 2.30 pm to raise money for the victims of the terrible earthquake in Haiti. The event has been organised at short notice by the Poet Laurate, Carol Ann Duffy, and will feature the participation of twenty leading poets, including my mother, Elaine Feinstein, and Andrew Motion, Carol Ann’s predecessor as Poet Laureate. The event will take place at Central Hall Westminster,  Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H  9NH  (telephone: 020 7222 8010). It’s opposite the Houses of Parliament – near Westminster Tube.  Bear in mind that the Jubilee Line will be out on Saturday but the District Line is running normally, as far as I know.  Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased online from the website of the Hay Festival (which is supporting the event) at or you can pay on the door, but I’m told that, if you decide to pay when you arrive, you have to do so with cash only. All proceeds go to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Haiti Earthquake Appeal.

Adam Feinstein

Pablo Neruda and the Ibero-American Poetry of the 20th Century – Discussion at Foyles Bookshop in London on November 11, 2009

November 8, 2009

 Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, London, November 11, 2009

Hailed by fellow Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel García Márquez as ‘the greatest poet of the 20th century—in any language’, Pablo Neruda is without a doubt one of the most emblematic figures in Latin American Literature. Join us as Adam Feinstein, biographer of Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life , Prof. Dominic Moran, Faculty Lecturer of Spanish at Christ Church College in Oxford and Prof. Tom Boll, translator, discuss the influence of Neruda’s life and work on the literary and political stage of the 20th century. :: Tickets: Free, email to reserve a place