Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Poetry International returns to Southbank Centre on 14 October. To coincide with its 50th year, a new display of archival material and work created for the festival, entitled A Poet's Guide to the Archive, will be showcased at Southbank Centre Archive Studio and the National Poetry Library until December.
Ahead of the exhibition's opening, in this podcast we take a look back at the history of poetry at the Southbank Centre with the national Poetry Library's Chris McCabe and Sophie Mayer, and poets Hannah Silva and Victoria Adukwei Bulley, as well as speaking to some of the archival team who have worked on the collection.
Established in 1967 by Ted Hughes and Patrick Garland, Poetry International aimed to bring together poets as the 'voice of spirit and imagination'.
Southbank Centre has recently begun to explore its extensive collection related to the festival for the first time. We uncovered a range of material including letters to and from Ted Hughes, 50 year old programmes, photographs and very beautiful correspondence between Lavinia Greenlaw and Sharon Olds from nearly 25 years ago.