20th March 2016 14:00
The Hat Factory Luton
65 - 67 Bute St, Luton LU1 2EY

Faiz Ahmed Faiz: The People's Poet


Faiz Ahmed Faiz pulses through the veins of the Pakistani community with his lyrics on love, dignity and injustice. The nation’s most celebrated poet, Pakistan’s Shakepseare, Faiz's words continually encapsulate the experience of a people. So what has become of his legacy? In this special event, we explore the unstoppable rise of this prolific poet with contemporary voices including critic Amina Yaqin, Aamer Hussein and Amarjit Chandan.



The Poetry Parliament

15:45 - 16:45

For centuries, poetry was the propaganda of politics, used by governments to curry favour, and used by its rivals to start revolutions. So what do today’s poets have to say about life in the 21st century? Poet in the City brings the boldest contemporary voices to Luton to deliver social manifestos in poetry for an uncompromised and truthful take on the world today. Look out for Caroline Bird, Anthony Anaxagorou, Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger as they tackle issues from austerity to human rights, and everything in between.

For ages 16+


Shakespeare's Sonnets

17:30 - 18:30

From Romeo and Juliet to Hamlet and Henry V, it’s hard to overstate the impact of Shakespeare. But one aspect of his writing has continued to confuse and beguile critics and audiences alike: his poetry. Drawing on the rich language of his sonnets, and intriguing dedications, join T S Eliot Prize winning Don Paterson and Mimi Khalvati for this fantastic event investigating the passion and profundity of his poetry.

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