literature & poetry

Unearthing Southbank Centre: A Poetry Course

Poet Richard Scott guides you in applying your poetic skills to Southbank Centre's art and artefacts in a six-session course that takes in our archives, backstage areas and gallery spaces.

The course looks at ways of making art in response to the hidden, the submerged and the historical.

Drawing inspiration from Southbank Centre's rich cultural history, our place in queer history as the site of Pride in the 1980s, Hayward Gallery's exhibitions and National Poetry Library's collection, Scott leads you on writing exercises and helps you to create new work.

Richard Scott’s first book Soho (Faber & Faber) was described by The Poetry School as a ‘debut not bound by allegiance to some generalised category but liberated by joy and clear execution’.

Scott’s poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review and Poetry London. He teaches poetry at the Faber Academy.

Dates & times

13 Jan 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1


£90 for six-session course
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£90 for six-session course


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need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 18+

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.

Event information
This course takes place from 7pm – 9pm on the following dates:
Mon 13 Jan: Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall
Mon 27 Jan: Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall
Mon 10 Feb: Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall
Mon 2 Mar: Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall
Mon 16 Mar: Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall
Mon 30 Mar: Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall

All six sessions are included in this ticket. We strongly recommend that participants make sure they are available for all six sessions of the course, but at a minimum attend four.

By purchasing a ticket you agree to be contacted by Southbank Centre on email in relation to this course.

Please bring a notebook and something to write with.

A limited number of free bursary places are available for people who would otherwise not be able to access this course due to financial circumstances. For more information and to apply please email with the name of the course in the subject. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 16 December 2019.