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Radical Alterations of the Sun: 50 Years of Poetry International

Part of Poetry International

Visit Southbank Centre Archive Studio and the National Poetry Library to see archival material and new work exploring 50 years of Poetry International.

Established in 1967 by Ted Hughes and Patrick Garland the festival aimed to bring together poets as the 'voice of spirit and imagination'. Since then poets have arrived from across the world. Anne Sexton was described as reading in 'shocking pink', Dame Edna Everage was said to have gone to the Royal Albert Hall by mistake, and in 2012 thousands of poems were dropped from a helicopter over London's South Bank.

Listen to A Poet's Guide to the Archive, a commission of new work grounded in Southbank Centre's Poetry International archives. Find out more about endangered languages as part of the National Poetry Library's Endangered Poetry Project and read poems sent to the library in response to its call out for poems in languages that are in danger of being lost forever.

'The idea of global unity is not new, but the absolute necessity of it has only just arrived, like a sudden radical alteration of the sun' (From the first Poetry International introduction by Ted Hughes in 1967)

Dates & times

13 Oct 2017 - 1 Nov 2017
Approximate run time: 540 mins
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  • October 2017

    • Fri 13 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Sat 14 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Sun 15 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Tue 17 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Wed 18 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Thu 19 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Fri 20 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Sat 21 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Sun 22 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Tue 24 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Wed 25 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Thu 26 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Fri 27 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Sat 28 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Sun 29 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
    • Tue 31 October 2017
      • 11:00 am
  • November 2017

    • Wed 1 November 2017
      • 11:00 am

where

National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

Free