Rimbaud and Verlaine

15th May 2013 18:30
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Poet in the City showcased a unique event exploring the story of Rimbaud and Verlaine in London. The event featured the world premiere of House of Knives, a specially commissioned short film exploring the story of Rimbaud and Verlaine in London.

In 1872 two French poets ran away to London together, in one of the most notorious love affairs in literary history.

Living at No 8 Royal College Street in Camden, fuelled by poetry and absinthe, the young men lived intensely, quarrelled explosively, and wrote some of the greatest poetry in the French language. Arthur Rimbaud probably wrote both his Illuminations and his Saison en Enfer in London, before giving up writing poetry forever. Becoming an explorer in Africa, he died at the age of only 37.

Paul Verlaine was eventually rehabilitated as a man of letters in France, living out his last years on the Left Bank in Paris.

Featuring the specially commissioned short film House of Knives this is a unique event exploring the story of Rimbaud and Verlaine in London.

David Harsent has published nine collections of poetry, winning many awards. His most recent collection, Night (Faber, 2011), won the 2012 Griffin
International Poetry Prize, and was shortlisted for the Costa, Forward and T.S. Eliot awards.

Deryn Rees-Jones‘s most recent collection of poems, Burying the Wren, was shortlisted for the TS. Eliot Prize 2012. She is the editor of Marie Stopes’ only published novel, Love's Creation (2012) and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Liverpool.

Tim Matthews is Professor of French and Comparative Criticism at University College London, and Officier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

Featuring live poetry readings in English and French from the stars of House of Knives: Jack Johns, Sam Swainsbury and Lucy Tregear.

Poet in the City is promoting the Rimbaud & Verlaine Foundation, a charity committed to creating an Anglo-French ‘poetry house' at No 8 Royal College Street, London, the property formerly occupied by the poets.
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