Evan Jones, a Bolton lecturer has launched a new collection of poems that has already been described by critics as “an allegory for our times” and the work of “a deeply distinctive literary wit”.

Greek-Canadian poet Jones, who is an English and Creative Writing lecturer, gave a live Zoom reading from the book, entitled Later Emperors, to an audience from across the world.

The four-poem collection explores Roman history from the perspectives of “historians, moralists, and the voices of great (and not-so great) emperors”.

Carcanet Press, the book’s publishers, suggest it is “a book which is all the more for our times because it looks so clearly at other times and identifies in them familiar patterns, difficulties, ambitions and desires”.

The US poet Don Share, who edits the world-renowned magazine POETRY, said: “The poems in Later Emperors surprise and delight like those incisive, wry and honest inscriptions that come down to us from antiquity seemingly having survived everything.”

It showcased one of the many ways in which the University of Bolton’s lecturers are making good use of virtual learning technologies to supplement teaching and research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information about Evan Jones and Later Emperors can be found on the Carcanet Press website.

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