National Poetry Day Live!

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Posted: 30 September 2011

Come and celebrate the theme of ‘Games' on National Poetry Day 2011 with a free afternoon of events featuring readings by leading UK poets. Joining them will be some rising stars of poetry from the Foyle Young Poets and SLAMbassadors UK. Plus... play Sally Crabtree's Poetry Bingo, take home a personalised poem from the Poetry Takeaway poets, get your diagnosis from the Poetry Library doctors, and take a spin on Julia Bird's Poembola!


1pm - 2pm
Getting the crowds stretched and warmed up for the day, critically acclaimed poet and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen reads alongside Times literary star Laura Dockrill and Fire Poet Philip Wells.

2.15pm - 4.15pm
Imtiaz Dharker and Glyn Maxwell, judges of this year's Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award, read their own work with previous winners of the award, Helen Mort and Richard O'Brien. Also hear exciting young performance poets Naga MC and Catherine Labiran, previous winners of SLAMbassadors UK. Then it's eyes down for Poetry Bingo with Sally Crabtree.

4.30pm - 6pm
Bringing the games to a close is award-winning poet Jackie Kay together with Southbank Centre Artists in Residence Simon Armitage and Lemn Sissay, and National Poetry Day Poet in Residence Jo Shapcott. They are joined by National Poetry Day's Jo Bell and Eric Gregory Award-winner Ahren Warner, who launches the latest edition of Poetry Review.

Everyone is welcome - come and join in the fun and games.

If you're bringing a school group and need more information,
please contact Bea at Southbank Centre

Everyone is welcome so come and come and join in with the Games!

Venue: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

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