A Poet's Guide to the Archive

Part of London Literature Festival

Dive into 50 years of Poetry International with a new display of archival material and new work, showcased at Southbank Centre Archive Studio and the National Poetry Library.

Established in 1967 by Ted Hughes and Patrick Garland, Poetry International aimed to bring together poets as the 'voice of spirit and imagination'. In A Poet's Guide to the Archive, we have displayed rarely seen original material including, letters, correspondence, photographs and of course poems, showcasing snapshots into 50 years of the festival.

To mark this special occasion we have commissioned poet's Hannah Silva and Victoria Adukwei Bulley, who has each spent time in our collection, to write new work in response. Their new poems are on display in the Archive Studio alongside original material including related to Sharon Olds and Derek Walcott.

Listen to A Poet's Guide to the Archive, our brand new podcast featuring lively debate about key moments in the history of poetry, poets Victoria and Hannah reading their work and lots more information.

Listen to the podcast

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Royal Festival Hall
Archive Studio, Level 2