literature & poetry

National Poetry Day Live

National Poetry Day Live is back for a free evening of poetry in the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer.

Join us to hear radical poetry that looks at this year's theme of 'change'.

Hear the poets that are bringing about shifts in culture and society through their work and inspiring generations of young poets, including Anthony Anaxagorou, Hannah Lowe, Caroline Bird and Zaffar Kunial.

Also hear from three former winners of The Poetry Society's Foyle Young Poets Award: Tate Standage, Annie Fan and Em Power.

Presented by Southbank Centre and The Poetry Society.

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. He has published nine volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP and a collection of short stories. His poetry and fiction have appeared across radio and television and he has been published in numerous poetry magazines and journals. In 2017, he was shortlisted for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship. He works as the writer in residence at two London secondary schools and has lectured in universities across the country.

Caroline Bird has had five poetry collections published by Carcanet with the latest, In These Days of Prohibition, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the 2017 Ted Hughes Award. Caroline has been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize twice, in 2008 and 2010. She was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2014. She has also won an Eric Gregory Award (2002) and the Foyle Young Poet of the Year award two years running (1999, 2000), and was a winner of the Poetry London Competition in 2007 and the Peterloo Poetry Competition in 2004, 2003 and 2002.

Hannah Lowe’s first poetry collection Chick won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection and was shortlisted for multiple prizes. In 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation poets. She has published three chapbooks, family memoir Long Time, No See, and second collection, Chan. Her new chapbook, The Neighbourhood, will be published in January 2019.

Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and currently lives in Shipley, Yorkshire. Kunial published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and was Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust the same year. In 2011 he won third prize in the National Poetry Competition with ‘Hill Speak’. He was specially commissioned, alongside other poets, by the Poetry Society to write a response to the centenary of the First World in a collection called The Pity, which premiered live at Southbank Centre in 2014. His debut collection, Us, is out this year with Faber & Faber.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer



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For ages 14+.