Past exhibitions

Poetry Library Open Day 2013 | Poetry in Performance | 17-Nov-13

What do we mean by performance poetry? How has this changed over time? And can the book be a kind of performance in itself? This open day explored poetry in performance in all its forms and contrariness, from the ancient traditions of the Ghazal to Andy Warhol's Factory in New York in the 1960's, and then some.

Along the way, visitors voted for your favourite performance of a particular poet's work, explored the concept of poet as transmitter, saw some actors who've dabbled in poetry, and read texts exclusively written for the Poetry Library, including Glyn Maxwell on verse drama and Michael Longley's account of one of his last readings with Seamus Heaney.

There were books by Ron King, Sam Winston and Ewa Zebrowski (in collaboration with Anne Michaels) on display, which invited you to participate in the performance of their unique editions.

Some of our most exciting and dynamic items were on display in the St. Paul's Pavilion with its sweeping vista of the Thames.

Three unique poets  were also commissioned to respond to this year's Open Day. Charlotte Higgins, Claire Crowther and Linus Slug: Insect Librarian, have created new work in response to the books, poets and themes on display which they performed live at a one-off event.

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