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National Poetry Library Open Day

Part of Poetry International

Peek into National Poetry Library's collection for specially commissioned live readings and displays in our Open Day.

National Poetry Library Open Day gives you the opportunity to browse the hidden gems from the library’s collection and get yourself up to speed with the latest poetry through its selection of new acquisitions from 2019.

This year’s Open Day focuses on the theme of ‘disruption’, as we celebrate the many ways in which modern and contemporary poetry has been an active field for poets to use their work to challenge the status quo.

Enjoy live readings throughout the day by poets who have been commissioned to respond to the themed displays.
Discover the American cult poet DA Levy, whose work deliberately included spelling ‘mistakes’ to increase its potential for multiple meanings.

View a display of ‘Avant Objects’’ by UK publisher zimZalla, which has also recently published a series of tarot-inspired cards by Sascha Aurora Akhtar and John Arnold called Only Dying Sparkles.

Explore how artists’ books are used as an experimental medium for poets and visual artists as well as discovering the National Poetry Library team’s staff picks, selected from the library’s extensive collections.

Dates & times

19 Oct 2019
    • Sat 19 October 2019
      • 12:00 pm


Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2