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Do you want to be a part of Southbank Centre's Poetry International 2010 festival? | 22-Oct-10

Southbank Centre's biennial Poetry International festival, founded by Ted Hughes in 1967, returns this autumn - from Saturday 30 October to Sunday 7 November - for nine days of readings, music, translation, new commissions, free events and innovative live performances. Poets from more than twenty countries will congregate in the riverside venue's halls and spaces to meet, debate and offer their poetic perspectives on a changing world.

As part of this year's festival a series of informal lunchtime free events will offer readings, performances and surprise collaborations, and the chance to mingle with the poetry world.

Southbank Centre is inviting poets, writers and performers who would be interested in performing their own work - or poems that have inspired them - to apply to take part. If you are interested, please email by 26th October with details of who you are and what you would like to read, and on which day.

The two events are:

Wednesday 3 November
Central Bar, Level Two, Royal Festival Hall, 1pm
Echoes Through Time
Poets from the festival, alongside younger poets, read favourite poems on war and peace.
Thursday 4 November
Central Bar, Level Two, Royal Festival Hall, 1pm
Writing on the Wall
Remi Kanazi presents an opportunity for local and global voices to share poetry across borders & barriers.

As the Cold War loomed large as inspiration for the first Poetry International, so the conflicts and shifting geo-political fault lines that impact on all our lives today, provide one of the central themes of the festival nearly half a century on. Particular focuses on poets and poetry from the Middle East - including the Palestinian Territories, Iraq and Syria - and Ireland, powerfully demonstrate the artform's enduring ability to anticipate and envision change and transcend barriers of censorship, prejudice and conflict. To find out more visit:  

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