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Poetry International

14 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017

Claudia Rankine, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Joy Harjo, Sjón, Choman Hardi, Yang Lian, and Anne Carson join 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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Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
Art
Literature
Dive into 50 years of Poetry International with an exhibition of archival material and new work

Free

Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 1 Nov 2017
Art
Literature
Visit our archive for old and new material exploring 50 years of Poetry International
7:00 pm | 13 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
What would you say to the next century? Join us for readings of letters and music

Free

Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 1 Nov 2017
Art
Literature
Take in a poetic visual representation of the aspirations of refugees

Free

Various times | 14 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
Art
Literature
Work with an artist to record your hopes and dreams in light
12:00 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Get your fill of poetry with readings, talks and debates in Poetry International’s Saturday Pass
14 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Readings, performances and talks await you at Poetry International
12:00 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Reflect on the changing nature of poetry as Poetry International celebrates 50 years
1:30 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
How do we capture the transition from ordinary to monstrous in words? Find out in this workshop
1:30 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Explore identity and belonging in a poetry workshop with celebrated Indian poet Arundhathi Subramaniam

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