Poetry London Celebrates 100 issues


Celebrate the 100th edition of Poetry London, with editor André Naffis-Sahely, and recently featured poets Rachel Long, Vidyan Ravinthiran and Momtaza Mehri alongside Poetry London mentees, Jemilea Wisdom-Baako and Janine Bradbury. From modest beginnings in 1988, when it was a listings newsletter, Poetry London has developed into one of the UK’s leading poetry magazines

Festival Launch: Play, Perception & Place (Revisited)

Revisiting our festival themes of Place, Perception and Play, the launch event kicks off 3 full days of poetry with four poets from four incredible independent presses. With readings from Sarah Doyle, Vanessa Lampert, Samatar Elmi and Stephen Payne, and introducing our Festival Artist, Arjuna Gunarathne. Hosted by Paul Stephenson and Patricia Debney.

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Contemporary Ethiopian Poetry – The Poetics of Truth

Readings by Chris Beckett (Host, London), Mihret Kebede (Vienna), Misrak Terefe (Addis Ababa), Kebedech Tekleab (New York), Bedilu Wakjira (Addis Ababa). This event brings together Ethiopian poets reading from London, Vienna, New York and Addis Ababa. All appeared in the recent Carcanet anthology of Ethiopian poetry in English, packed with all the energy, wit, and heartache of a beautiful country and language.

Rory Waterman talks to Wendy Cope


To celebrate a unique new study of the poet and her work, the academic, critic and poet Rory Waterman talks to Wendy Cope about her writing life and poetry career. Wendy Cope is one of Britain’s most popular poets: her first two collections have together sold almost half a million copies, and in 1998, when Ted Hughes died, she was the BBC listeners’ choice to succeed him as Poet Laureate. Hosted by Susannah Hart.

On Poetry and Trauma

So many experiences of sexual abuse and trauma are silenced. How do we find the voices to speak about what is hidden, or secret? How does poetry emerge, and what does it sound like? Where do we go from here? With readings from Chaucer Cameron, Day Mattar, Tessa Foley and Alice Hiller. Hosted by Patricia Debney.