poetry events
Poet in the City organises and hosts up to 40 events each year featuring both internationally known and up-and-coming poets. Our events are designed to be accessible to those who are new to poetry while offering lovers plenty of substance and depth. Locations vary but include both evocative venues and places that are not generally open to the public.

Forthcoming events

*** Please note that events are subject to confirmation and details may change ***

Poet in the City will be holding regular monthly drop-in events at Waterstone's on the first Tuesday of every month. 

See our drop-ins page for more details

September

Poetry Unlimited - Sun 7th - 2pm - South Bank Centre

Two events as part of Southbank's Unlimited Festival.

"The Body Electric" features deaf actors Adam Bassett and Jean St Clair with TV presenter Ashley Kendall bringing fresh and new light to classic authors such as Shakespeare and Robert Tagore.

"Otherwise Unchanged" features a new performance by Owen Lowery exploring his experience following a spinal injury.

For more information and details of how to book, look at the event information page

London Laureates - Sat 13th - 2pm - Kings Place

A unique event in partnership with Spoke, presenting a unique poetry performance event celebrating the very best young talent in London.

Held as part of the Kings Place Festival.

For more information and details of how to book, look at the event information page

Cavafy - Mon 15th - 7pm - Kings Place

A celebration of the rich poetic legacy of this celebrated late great Levantine poet, who lived and died in the city of Alexandria, featuring award-winning poet, writer and translator David Constantine, historian Edith Hall and best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernières.

For more information and details of how to book, look at the event information page

October

Poetry Portraits - Mon 6th - 7pm - Kings Place

A celebration of poetry and fine art, featuring Jo Shapcott, David Harsent, Wendy Cope and featuring images of the original portraits painted of these poets by artists from Lavender Hill Studios.

First World War  - Poetry in Translation - Mon 13th - 7pm - Kings Place

Featuring poets and poetry from many countries which took part in the First World War, including Russia, Serbia, and Turkey, in partnership with Modern Poetry in Translation

November

Wallace Stevens - Mon 17th - 7pm - Kings Place

An event celebrating the extraordinary poetic talent of this late great American poet, taking place at 7pm in Hall One at Kings Place on Mon 17 November

Through the Door - Mon 24th - 7pm - British Library

Newly commissioned poems from London archives. Featuring Andrew Motion and a host of celebrated poets.

*** Please note that events are subject to confirmation and details may change ***