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Poetry International 2017 at Southbank Centre | 27-Sep-17

Join us from Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 October to celebrate 50 years of Poetry International!

Ted Hughes founded the festival at Southbank Centre in 1967 to celebrate the power of poetry to be 'a universal language of understanding in which we can all hope to meet'. We'll be curating our annual Open Day in the St Paul's Pavilion on Sunday 15 October around the idea of a universal language. Find out more...

Claudia Rankine, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Joy Harjo, Sjón, Choman Hardi, Yang Lian, and Anne Carson will be joining us at Southbank Centre to celebrate. 

Highlights include:

Saturday 14 October

Explore identity and belonging in a poetry workshop led by internationally celebrated poet Arundhathi Subramaniam

Forward Prize-winning poet Vahni Capildeo leads a workshop exploring writing about the ordinary and the monstrous

Raise a glass to long-running journal Modern Poetry in Translation

Sunday 15 October

Join us for the World Poetry Summit featuring Claudia Rankine, Joy Harjo, Sjón, Choman Hardi, Yang Lian and Anne Carson

Delve into the power of imagery in Chinese poetry in this workshop with Yiang Lian

A Universal Language
Poets Hannah Silva and Victoria Adukwei Bulley respond to the National Poetry Library Open Day exhibition and explore whether poetry can unite people across borders

Throughout London Literature Festival

Visit our archive for old and new material exploring 50 years of Poetry International

Internationally celebrated poet Caroline Bergvall explores linguistic connections and displacements in Oh My Oh My 

Come along and prepare to giggle as Laura Dockrill and her mum perform My Mum's Growing Down at #LondonLitFest

Hear from renowned British-Somali women poets as they touch on first-hand experiences of migration and seeking refuge 

Hear newly published letters by one of the defining poets of the 20th century, Sylvia Plath, in this live reading 

For more full programme information and to book your tickets, visit 

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