In October 2017, Claudia Rankine, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Joy Harjo, Sjón, Choman Hardi, Yang Lian, and Anne Carson joined us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Poetry International.
Ted Hughes founded the festival at Southbank Centre in 1967 to celebrate the power of poetry to be ‘a universal language of understanding in which we can all hope to meet’.
Ranging across continents as well as literary styles, the festival features leading Nordic poets including Sjón and Athena Farrokhzad; one of the most celebrated poets from the subcontinent, Indian poet Arundhathi Subramaniam; the trailblazing Kurdish-Iraqi poet Choman Hardi; major voices from across North America, including multi-award-winning Canadian poet Anne Carson and groundbreaking American poet Claudia Rankine.
Hear from pioneering poets from diverse corners of the world, across great distances and language barriers, rediscover our shared humanity.
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A weekend of lively incisive readings, performances and talks featuring leading poets from across the globe awaits you, as Poetry International celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
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