Poetry International

14 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017

Ted Hughes founded Poetry International 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’.

Fifty years on, Poetry International opens London Literature Festival with a truly global gathering of international voices, celebrating the living legacy of the festival, and hearing from the talents of the future.

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.

Check back on Tuesday 1 August for details of this year's programme.

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