Emily Dickinson

08th March 2015 0:00
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
As part of the Southbank Centre's Women of the World festival, Poet in the City presents a celebration of the life and work of Emily Dickinson.

Bringing together acclaimed speakers from across the world, WOW festival looks at the most potent topics in gender equality across many fields. Poet in the City is delighted to be presenting the work of one of the world’s leading literary voices in this exciting and dynamic context. Join us for a day of stimulating events and discussions, including our very own special celebration of a truly great poet.

A towering figure in poetry since her death, but unpublished and scarcely read within her lifetime, Dickinson remains a compelling enigma. This is poetry of a profound and game changing nature, a voice that feels as urgent, relevant and visionary as ever.

Hosted by Erica Wagner, and featuring live readings of Dickinson’s poetry by the acclaimed actress Juliet Stevenson, with leading biographer Lyndall Gordon and poet Frances Leviston, this event will bring Emily Dickinson out of Amherst and into the WOW spotlight.

WOW Festival

Bringing together incredible speakers, activists and fabulous emerging female talent from across the world, WOW festival covers everything from race to war, politics to perfume, domestic violence to the economy, sexuality to fertility, feminism to fashion, class, education and much more in sessions where you can take action and contribute – or just sit and listen.

The festival looks at the most potent topics for women today across many fields including in politics, the arts, economics, fashion, science, health, sport, business and education. It presents the very best of recognised and emerging female talent.


Tickets for this event are available as part of the Sunday Day Pass at WOW. As well as our Emily Dickinson event, you will have open access to a fantastic wealth of speakers, talks, workshops, events and experiences at the Southbank Centre on Sunday 8th March.






Lyndall Gordon is an award-winning author of six biographies, including The Imperfect Life of T.S.Eliot, Henry James: His Women and his Art, and Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds. She has also written two memoirs, Shared Lives, about women's friendship, and recently Divided Lives: Dreams of a Mother and Daughter. LG is a senior research fellow at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Juliet Stevenson is one of Britain’s leading actors. She has worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Royal Court, winning an Olivier award for her performance as Paulina in Death and The Maiden in 1991. Most recently she has starred in Beckett’s Happy Days at The Young Vic to huge critical acclaim, which due to popular demand will return this month. Her films include Truly, Madly, Deeply; Bend it Like Beckham; When Did You Last See Your Father?; Being Julia; Pierrepoint; Mona Lisa Smile; and Diana. Recent television work includes series regulars on two series of Atlantis and The Village. Other television work includes Place of Execution, The Accused, The Hour, and White Heat. She was awarded the CBE in 1999. Next up we’ll see Juliet starring in Sky Living’s supernatural thriller The Enfield Haunting

Erica Wagner is a writer, editor and journalist. She is author of a number of books: Gravity, a collection of short stories; Ariel’s Gift, a book about Ted Hughes’s Birthday Letters and a novel, Seizure. She was Eccles British Library Writer in Residence for 2014 and a judge of the Man Booker Prize 2014. She is at work on a new book: The Chief Engineer, A Biography of Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge, to be published by Bloomsbury next year. She was for many years Literary Editor of The Times.

Frances Leviston is an acclaimed poet. Public Dream, her first collection of poems, was published in 2007 by Picador and shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. Her second collection, Disinformation, has just been released. She has taught for UEA and Manchester University, and written criticism and reviews for several national publications.
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