people at a poetry reading

Poetry readings

NATIONAL POETRY LIBRARY: Citizens of the Archive

Date: Monday 3 July
Times: Workshop and Panel - 2pm to 5.30pm, Performance - 6.30pm to 8pm
Price: Free but booking essential
Venue: The National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Join us for a special event on race and poetry at The National Poetry Library.

The day features an exhibition of our collection of poetry by writers of colour, highlighting the Caribbean Arts Movement, radical black publishers from the 1960s onwards, small press poetry, and materials such as pamphlets, posters, and audio recordings. 

There are also reading and creative writing workshop activities centred on the exhibition, a panel discussion on reading lists and curricula, and a poetry reading in the evening.

Workshop activities will be led by Denise Decaires Narain, Rachel Long, Sophie Mayer, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Nisha Ramayya and Samuel Solomon. The panel discussion will feature Nazmia Jamal, Kadija George and Denise DeCaires Narain. The concluding evening performance will showcase readings from Anthony Joseph, Rachel Long, Momtaza Mehri and Savannah Sevenzo.

The image above was taken at the First International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books in Islington Town Hall (1 - 3 April 1982). Credit: Julian Stapleton.

In partnership with the University of Sussex.

Please note places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Email specialedition@poetrylibrary.org.uk to reserve your place



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