Poetry Circus

Get ready for a curated evening of poetry readings and performances featuring poets Abigail Parry, Emma Simon and more, brought together in one spectacular show of daring line-contortion, word-lion taming and beat juggling.

Hosted by a ring-master, the event flows from feats of word-daring and literary high wires into actual circus performance, courtesy of the National Youth Circus. This is an event of rare artistic daring, grace and adventure where poetry and circus blend and shed light upon each other.

Abigail Parry and Emma Simon are joined by up-and-coming poets: Charlotte Baldwin, Fran O'Leary, Andrew Ball, Mark Chamberlain, Paul Crichton, Priya Kandachani, Barney Ashton, Angus Strachan, Tim Saward and Darren Deeks.

Poetic fortunes from Gypsy Rose Poetry and traditional circus refreshments are also available before the show and in the intermission between readings.

Dates & times

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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall


Free, but ticketed

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Event information
Poetic fortune-telling slots are available with Gypsy Rose Poetry from 7pm, before the event begins at 8pm. Visit Gypsy Rose for a 10-minute chat about your life and receive a personalised poem to take away and keep.

Please note, slots are limited so arrive early if you would like to visit Gypsy Rose.