The Poetry of Bees

30th June 2010 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
Bees have long been recognised as some of the most remarkable creatures on the planet, whose flight, navigation, communication and social organisation provide us with challenges to our anthropocentric views. With their production of honey and wax, bees have contributed enormously to human development, and have provided a rich source of metaphors and symbols. Especially for this year’s City of London Festival, and with the generous support of Gresham College, Poet in the City commissioned five of the UK’s leading poets to write original poems about bees.

David Harsent – one of the UK’s most distinguished poets, writers and librettists, whose most recent collection, Legion, won the Forward Poetry Prize for best collection in 2005;

Jo Shapcott – a much-loved poet, won the Forward Poetry Prize for best collection in 1998 and is a two-time winner of the National Poetry Competition;

Fiona Sampson – an acclaimed fabulous poet and writer, is also an expert on creative writing and health care, and has been editor of Poetry Review since 2005;

Matthew Welton – an unusual and exceptional poet whose Book of Matthew was notable for its experimentation with structure and form; and

Luke Heeley – an enormously talented up-and-coming British poet whose recent work included a poem paying tribute to the Rock band Pink Floyd.
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