literature & poetry

National Poetry Library Lates: June

Our new series of regular late night poetry salons is back with its summer edition.

Taking place in our recently refurbished Hayward Gallery Cafe, National Poetry Library Lates provides a platform for both emerging and established poets and spoken word artists.

For our June edition, we welcome poets Mary Jean Chan, Keith Jarrett and Antonia Jade King.

Hear the most exciting voices in poetry in the intimate and relaxed space of the cafe, with views out over Waterloo Bridge.


Mary Jean Chan was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and came second in The Poetry Society's 2017 National Poetry Competition.

Her debut pamphlet, A Hurry of English, was selected as the 2018 Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice. Her poems have appeared in publications including The Poetry Review, The White Review and Carcanet Press' New Poetries VII. Her debut collection, Flèche, will be published by Faber & Faber in July 2019.

Keith Jarrett is a poet and fiction writer. His short stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines, including Attitude and Tell Tales IV and his collection Selah was published by Burning Eye Books.

He is a former London and UK Poetry Slam! Champion and is completing his first novel, exploring the migration of religion from the Caribbean to London at Birkbeck, University of London.

Devon-born, London-based poet Antonia Jade King has featured at Poetry and Shaah and Heaux Noire and is a recent Hammer & Tongue finalist.

She currently hosts Boomerang Club and when she isn't poet-ing or enjoying a bath bomb she is tackling her masters, researching the role of black women in civil rights organisations.

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Hayward Gallery
Dan Graham Waterloo Sunset Pavilion


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+