A Universal Language

Part of London Literature Festival

‘Poetry is a universal language in which we can all hope to meet’

This year’s National Poetry Library Open Day takes its name from something Ted Hughes said at the launch of Poetry International in 1967. Can poetry be a universal language? Can poems unite people across borders? Is the hope that Hughes had in poetry as a political force as valid today as it was 50 years ago?

After the open day, come along to the library to hear poets Hannah Silva and Victoria Adukwei Bulley respond to the day’s displays and themes. Find out about the relationship between sustainability and poetry, eco-poetry and poetry that uses signs and code instead of words.

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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall



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Free but booking required. Email to reserve your place.