Poetry Portraits

05th October 2014 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Poet in the City presented the finale of a yearlong project celebrating some of the UK’s leading poets through fine art.

Poets including the late Seamus Heaney, Sir Andrew Motion, and Wendy Cope have been captured in a series of stunning portraits, by artists from Lavender Hill Studios.

Hosted by BBC radio broadcaster Margaret Reynolds, with live readings and conversation, this special event asked what it means to be a poet. Exploring ideas of identity, the personal and the craft of poetry, Poetry Portraits shed new light on the work of some of our most important contemporary voices.

Margaret Reynolds is Professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London, presenter of BBC Radio 4 ‘Adventures in Poetry’, and the author of The Sappho History (2003).

Wendy Cope
is Patron of Poet in the City. Two Cures for Love: Selected Poems 1979-2006 was published in 2008. In 2010 she was awarded an O.B.E. Her most recent collection of work, Family Values, was published by Faber in 2011.

Jo Shapcott is patron of Poet in the City. Her latest collection, Of Mutability, won the Costa prize in 2010. In 2011 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

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