Spoken word & Live literature

Poetry and the Political

Four poets from Carcanet, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Robert Minhinnick, Rory Waterman and David Herd, discuss what kind of difference poetry can make.

In a discussion chaired by Drew Milne, the poets read from their latest collections and talk about the urgent topics that inform and colour their writing.

Their poetry calls attention to issues from the impact of uncaring governments and environmental change to the current displacement of peoples around the world.

Poetry can alert and inform, challenge fixed ideas and prejudices. In this conversation, four socially conscious writers ask what constitutes the political and what place can be found for the imagination in a world of hard facts.

Dates & times

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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall


Free, but ticketed