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

October

Paradise Row: Fiona Sampson at the Tower Hamlets Archive - Thurs 23rd - 7pm - Tower Hamlets Archive

The archives in Tower Hamlets are a truly fascinating record of the changing shape and face of London’s East End. Acclaimed poet Fiona Sampson takes us on an intimate journey through successive waves of immigration on a single street.

This event is part of Through the Door, unique collaborative project which has placed leading UK poets into London Archives; commissioning brand new poetry and celebrating the wealth of stories and heritage which these fascinating archives have to offer.

Please see the event page for more details and booking information

November

Poetry from the Americas - Adélia Prado and Thomas Lux - Mon 10th - 7pm - Kings Place

An event featuring the debut London reading from two of the greatest poetic voices from Brazil and the USA. The event also features Ellen Dore Watson who has translated Prado's work.

Please see the event page for more details and booking information

Masonic Sonnets - David Harsent at the Freemasons Archive - Thurs 13th - 7pm - Freemasons Hall

Award winning poet David Harsent travels with unexpected, celebrated and long forgotten Masons, lending his unique poetic voice to an array of compelling characters, and shedding new light on this fascinating archive.

This event is part of Through the Door, unique collaborative project which has placed leading UK poets into London Archives; commissioning brand new poetry and celebrating the wealth of stories and heritage which these fascinating archives have to offer.

Please see the event page for more details and booking information 

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

An event celebrating the extraordinary poetic talent of this late great American poet featuring novelist Ali Smith, President of the Royal Academy of Arts Christopher Le Brun, Sarah Churchwell Professor of American Literature at UEA and poet Lachlan Mackinnon

Please see the event page for more details and booking information

Through the Door: New Poetry from the Archives - Mon 24th - 7pm - British Library

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

From World War One letters at the British Library, to St Paul’s Cathedral’s Blitz damage join Andrew Motion and others for some brand new poetry has led to the re-discovery of some amazing human stories. 

This event is the finale of Through the Door, unique collaborative project which has placed leading UK poets into London Archives; commissioning brand new poetry and celebrating the wealth of stories and heritage which these fascinating archives have to offer.

Please see the event page for more details and booking information

 

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