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 ***

April

Chaucer: Modern Echoes - Thurs 10th - Southwark Cathedral

An event exploring the modern legacy of this seminal English poet and storyteller. Featuring acclaimed contemporary poets Lavinia Greenlaw and Patience Agbabi.

The event will feature readings from Chaucer's original texts, together with fantastic modern versions, showing his enormous impact on the history of English poetry.

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PG Wodehouse: Poetry & Song - Mon 14th - 7pm - Kings Place

An event celebrating the poetry and songs of PG Wodehouse held in partnership with the PG Wodehouse Society (UK).

Featuring Tony Ring, Sophie Ratcliffe, Simon Brett, Hal Cazalet and Lucy Tregear.

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It Goes with the Territory - An Evening with Elaine Feinstein - 6.30pm - Waterstones Piccadilly

An evening of poetry and discussion with the celebrated poet and author Elaine Feinstein.

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May

Poetry and Sign - Tues 13th - 7pm - Kings Place

Poet in the City presents a unique celebration of the body as a universal tool for communication.

Featuring Tim Barlow, Deborah Galloway, Yong Min Cho, Jean St Clair and Roehampton Dance.

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Seamus Heaney Tribute Event - Mon 26th - 7pm - Kings Place

Featuring Bernard O'Donoghue with friends and fellow poets paying tribute to the much missed poet.

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Viking Sagas - Fri 30th - British Museum

Poet in the City presents an event exploring the rich and fascinating history of the Icelandic Sagas.

Featuring Gerdur Kristny, Dr Emily Letherbridge and Gareth Williams.

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September

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.

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 ***