Poetry and Sport

11th June 2012 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
This unique Olympic-inspired event celebrated the union of poetry and sport, with each speaker reading poems about sporting achievements and great human endeavours.
Accompanied by a live jazz quartet, Poetry and Sport was the perfect warm up to this year’s Olympic summer!

Clare Balding is an award-winning British sports journalist. After covering the Olympic and Paralympic Games for over a decade, Clare now presents sports programmes for the BBC and Radio 4.

Laura Badea is a former Romanian fencing champion. Laura has won 3 Olympic medals, including a gold medal for Individual Foil at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Chris Holmes MBE is Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer ever. Despite losing his sight overnight at 14, Chris has won 9 gold medals, including 6 at the 1992 Barcelona Games — a feat never equalled by any Briton. He was awarded the MBE for services to British sport aged 20.

Tanni Grey Thompson DBE is one of the UK’s most successful Paralympic athletes and has won 11 gold medals. Tanni has also won the London Marathon 6 times, holds a DBE for services to spon and was conferred the title of Baroness in 2010.

With musical accompaniment from Denys Baptiste and his jazz quartet. Denys Baptiste is an award-winning jazz artist, composer and educator. He will be joined on stage by Andrew McCormack (piano), Gary Crosby (bass) and Rod Youngs (drums). www.denysbaptiste.com

Poet in the City volunteer Katherine Lockton's interviewed with Laura Badea, Chris Holmes and Tanni Grey-Thompson.
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