Nature & Environment

Walk to Blake and Back

Accompany Chris McCabe, poetry librarian and author of Real South Bank, on a tour exploring the centuries of poetic activity in this area of London.

The tour begins at the National Poetry Library with an overview of the collections.

Find hidden poems written into the pavement in front of Royal Festival Hall as McCabe shares why the building is a major site of poetic activity. Learn about the notorious French poet Arthur Rimbaud, who lived on nearby Stamford Street in the 1870s, and experience a poetic audio guide by poet Tom Chivers while walking to the site of William Blake’s house on Hercules Road.

The tour finishes at Jubilee Gardens, where the Rain of Poems took place in 2012. We then return to the library for a chance to see some of the rare gems from the collection.

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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)