Look into the work of five of the most loved and influential songwriters during Meltdown festival.

Are these the true poets of our age or without music do their words lose their magic?

The decision to award Bob Dylan with the Nobel Prize for Literature last year was greeted with cries of joy and derision from the literary world. But songwriters such as Dylan and Leonard Cohen have long been hugely inspirational to poets, with Paul Muldoon writing of Cohen: ‘his songs have meant far more to me / than most of the so-called ‘poems’ I’ve heard.’

You can find the work of many songwriters on the shelves at The National Poetry Library and at our Summer Book Club, during Meltdown, we delve into the work of five of them: Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Ian Curtis, Chuck D and Kate Tempest.

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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall



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