No One Exists Alone

Come and hear poets Fleur Adcock, Elaine Feinstein, Lynn Foote, Ruth O’Callaghan and George Szirtes respond to the homeless crisis. With more than 300,000 people in Britain officially recorded as homeless (Shelter) and with that number expected to double by 2041 (Crisis), these lines from W.H. Auden’s ‘September 1, 1939’, below, ring truer than ever.

‘There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.’

What can poetry do to tackle this life-threatening issue? The poets attending this event, amongst many other artists, have read and shared their talents with the Camden community and Lumen Poetry, a project that not only supports poetry but also donates all proceeds to the Cold Weather Shelters in Camden and King’s Cross. Both Camden Council and Lumen Poetry host readings where people sleep in the Cold Weather Shelters, making it a particularly special place to attend and to support poetry. This year marks 10 years of this incredibly worthwhile project.

Dates & times

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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall


Free, but ticketed