Art
Literature
Exhibition

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 created for the festival, showcased at Southbank Centre Archive Studio and the National Poetry Library.

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

18 Oct 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
Approximate run time: 780 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
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  • October 2017

    • Wed 18 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Thu 19 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Fri 20 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Sat 21 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Sun 22 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Mon 23 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Tue 24 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Wed 25 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Thu 26 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Fri 27 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Sat 28 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Sun 29 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Mon 30 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Tue 31 October 2017
      • 10:00 am
  • November 2017

    • Wed 1 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Thu 2 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Fri 3 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Sat 4 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Sun 5 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Mon 6 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Tue 7 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Wed 8 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Thu 9 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Fri 10 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Sat 11 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Sun 12 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Mon 13 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Tue 14 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Wed 15 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Thu 16 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Fri 17 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Sat 18 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Sun 19 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Mon 20 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Tue 21 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Wed 22 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Thu 23 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Fri 24 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Sat 25 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Sun 26 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Mon 27 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Tue 28 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Wed 29 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
    • Thu 30 November 2017
      • 10:00 am
  • December 2017

    • Fri 1 December 2017
      • 10:00 am

where

Royal Festival Hall
Archive Studio, Level 2, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

Free