The Poetry Showcase: Collectives Special

Wed 23 Nov 2022, 7pm
Online events
Literature & poetry
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Six colourful keyboards

Poetry collectives from the contemporary scene share what it means to be part of a collective, in an online showcase from the National Poetry Library.

In this event, participants from five collectives discuss how they work together to encourage and champion each other’s work.

The evening features BESEAP, a group set up to connect and elevate British East and Southeast Asian poets; Multiverse, a collective brought together through an addiction to poetry and a passion for contemporary poetic form; Now You See Me, a collaboration of poets from under-represented backgrounds; Speak.Easy, a spoken word night that supports up and coming poets often left out of mainstream poetry events; and Sweet-thangs’ Collective Breath, a group of Black artists of marginalised genders.

Want to get more involved with poetry, wherever you live in the UK? This is just one of four online showcases taking place this month, where the National Poetry Library provides a window into the dynamism at the heart of contemporary poetry.

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 16+

This event is streamed via Zoom. A link will be sent out prior to the event. Tickets go off sale at 2pm on Monday 21 November.

Dates & times

Wed 23 Nov 2022, 7pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


  • Standard entryFree, but ticketed

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