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Poetry International

16 – 21 OCT 2019

How can poetry inflame, challenge and transform? And where is the art form headed in the future? 

Poetry International is Southbank Centre's longest running festival, founded by Ted Hughes, former Poet Laureate, in 1967.
 
Centring on the theme of disruption, Poetry International 2019 explores translation, endangered languages and poetry as a resistance. Attend masterclasses, listen to live readings, watch films that fuse animation with language and find out the winners of this year’s Forward Prizes. 

This year’s festival features poets including Adonis, Khaled Mattawa, Patricia Smith, Nikki Giovanni, Valzhyna Mort, Laura Tohe, Raymond Antrobus, Ilya Kaminsky and Lisa Kelly.

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Victoria Adukwei Bulley profiles the influential American poet
Dive into 50 years of Poetry International with Chris McCabe and Sophie Mayer
Chris McCabe, programmer of this year’s Poetry International, looks back over its 50 year history
Listen to our podcast introducing Southbank Centre's Endangered Poetry Project
Help us build a collection of poems in languages under threat

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Free

Free

Various times
16 Oct 2019 - 17 Nov 2019
Various times | 16 Oct 2019 - 17 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Toast to Beat poet, painter and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th birthday at this exhibition
Toast to Beat poet, painter and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th birthday at this...
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Free

Free

7:30 pm
Wed 16 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 16 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Raise a glass to artist Lawrence Ferlinghetti in his 100th year at this exhibition launch
Raise a glass to artist Lawrence Ferlinghetti in his 100th year at this exhibition launch
Out-Spoken: October at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
Thu 17 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 17 Oct 2019
gigs
literature & poetry
Ring in Poetry International festival with your monthly dose of stellar live music and poetry
Ring in Poetry International festival with your monthly dose of stellar live music and poetry
Lemn Sissay, author and broadcaster

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8:15 pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019
8:15 pm | Fri 18 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Reflect on self-expression and Britishness at this discussion on Sissay’s new memoir
Reflect on self-expression and Britishness at this discussion on Sissay’s new memoir
Valzhyna Mort
10:15 am
Sat 19 Oct 2019
10:15 am | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
courses & workshops
Train your eye and ear on the choices that construct poetic meaning in a poetry masterclass
Train your eye and ear on the choices that construct poetic meaning in a poetry masterclass
Fantastical Futures at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
12 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
Various times | 12 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Create visionary fiction in a three-day writing course led by award-winning writers and poets
Create visionary fiction in a three-day writing course led by award-winning writers and poets
Meena Kandasamy, writer and translator
11:00 am
Sat 19 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
A panel of poets and translators discuss the disruptive and transformational nature of translation
A panel of poets and translators discuss the disruptive and transformational nature of translation
Gold patten print

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Peek into the National Poetry Library's collections to browse hidden gems and enjoy live readings from Olivia Douglass and Hannah Raymond-Cox
Peek into the National Poetry Library's collections to browse hidden gems and enjoy live...
Raymond Antrobus

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1:30 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
1:30 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Poets Raymond Antrobus, Ilya Kaminsky and Lisa Kelly share the stage to perform their latest works
Poets Raymond Antrobus, Ilya Kaminsky and Lisa Kelly share the stage to perform their latest works
Iris Colomb, poet and translator
3:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Hear the work of three poets who are at the forefront of a new generation of experimentation
Hear the work of three poets who are at the forefront of a new generation of experimentation

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poetry stories

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See who’s joining us at this year’s festival and Poetry International
podcast
Listen to the thirteenth episode of our podcast series, in which we turn our attention to poetry and spoken word
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Find out which poets have made this year’s shortlist