Eros: The Poetry of Sex

09th February 2015 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Poet in the City presents its literary valentine; a unique celebration of the relationship between poetry and sex.

Drawing on the evocative writings of authors and poets from John Donne to Anais Nin, to ee cummings and beyond, this event will explore how poetry charts and challenges our evolving relationship with sex and each other.

Join Erotic Review writer and broadcaster Kate Copstick as she hosts a panel of leading experts in erotic literature and gender, exploring poetry’s intimate relationship with love and desire through the ages.

Kate Copstick is an actress, writer and broadcaster. Copstick is also well known as a commentator on human sexuality. After years writing for the Erotic Review, she purchased the company in 2009. She is vice-chair of CWAC (Children With AIDS Charity). Kate will be discussing literary and popular representations of love and sex, and chairing the panel.

Adam O'Riordan is an acclaimed poet, his first collection In the Flesh (Chatto and Windus) won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. In 2008 O’Riordan became the youngest Poet-in-Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, the Centre for British Romanticism. He is Lecturer in Poetry Writing at the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. Adam will be looking in detail at modern and contemporary erotic poetry.

Prof. Richard B. Parkinson is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford and a fellow of the Queen’s College, Oxford, and he was previously a curator at the British Museum. He specialises in Ancient Egyptian poetry and recently wrote the award winning A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across the World (British Museum Press). Richard will be talking about the story of same sex desire from Ancient Egypt onwards.

Dr Linda Grant, Royal Holloway University. Her teaching interests include: Shakespeare, sixteenth and seventeenth-century literature, issues of gendered bodies and voices, and 'sex' as a poetic vocabulary. Linda will be looking at female erotic poetry from Classical Rome and the Renaissance.


Poet Charlotte Newman takes a closer look at the story of erotic poetry over on the Poet in the City Blog

And Janey Goulding talks to Dr Linda Grant, one of our guest speakers, about some of the mysteries, motifs and cultural ramifications of the erotic literary form.

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