Schools National Poetry Day Live

Calling all 11- to 18-year-olds – join a poetry revolution in this free event with Southbank Centre and The Poetry Society on National Poetry Day 2018.

This afternoon of poetry in the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer showcases radical poetry, looking at this year's National Poetry Day theme of 'change'.

Join the poets that are bringing about shifts in culture and society through their work and inspiring generations of young poets, including Young People’s Laureate for London, Momtaza Mehri; Raymond Antrobus; Joelle Taylor and Anthony Anaxagorou.

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.

Raymond Antrobus was born in Hackney, London, to an English mother and Jamaican father, and is the author of To Sweeten Bitter and The Perseverance. He is a founding member of Chill Pill and Keats House Poets Forum and the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3 and Jerwood Compton. He is also one of the world's first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths University. In 2018 he was awarded The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize.

Momtaza Mehri was recently named the Young People’s Laureate of London 2018. She is a poet, essayist and co-editor of the digital platform Diaspora Drama. Her work has been featured in DAZED, Buzzfeed, Vogue, BBC Radio 4, Real Life and Poetry International. She is a Complete Works Fellow and Page winner of the 2017 Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. Her chapbook Sugah. Lump. Prayer was published in 2017.

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning spoken word artist, poet, playwright and author. She has performed across the UK as well as internationally for the British Council (Zimbabwe, Brazil, Botswana) taking in a diverse range of venues from the 100 Club, the 02 Arena, Southbank Centre and Ronnie Scott’s to the Royal Court, the Globe, the ICA, Buckingham Palace and prisons including Pentonville and Holloway. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society Arts in 2015 and her latest collection, Songs My Enemy Taught Me, came out in 2017 with Out-Spoken Press.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer (Red Reception Area)


Free, but ticketed

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Age recommendation
For ages 11 – 18.

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