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Poetry in Performance Open Day | 19-Sep-13

Poetry Library Open Day

11am-7pm, with evening readings at 8pm
Sunday 17th November, 2013
Venue: St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Entry: Free

The fifth annual Poetry Library Open Day takes place on Sunday 17th November 2013 and will explore the performative aspects of poetry in all its beauty and contrariness -- from comedian poets and rock stars who fill arenas via Warhol's Factory in New York in the 1960s then back to the page itself as a performance space.

Along the way, we'll be exploring the concept of poet as transmitter, looking at poetry from oral traditions, and scouring the collection for actors who've dabbled in poetry. There'll be lots more on the day including a table of new acquisitions and staff picks-of-the-year.

Come along and explore the Poetry Library collection on this once-a-year day when we display our most exciting and dynamic items in the St. Paul's Pavilion with its sweeping view of the Thames.

In the evening we will be hosting specially commissioned performances from poets responding to the display (see below for further details).

Poetry Library Open Day Readings

Time: 8pm-9pm
Date: Sunday 17th November, 2013
Venue: The Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Entry: Free

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

No booking required.

Click here for last year's Poetic Censorship Open Day, including a slide show of the event.

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