National Poetry Day Live – 8 October

For the second year running, The Poetry Society and Southbank Centre are handing over control of National Poetry Day Live to young poets between the ages of 18 and 25.

The programme for National Poetry Day Live 2015 will be entirely devised by a group of eight emerging poets who will be programming the poets, planning the day and running the event in line with this year’s theme, ‘Light’.

The young poets, aged between 18 and 25, have been selected from the Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network and its Foyle Young Poets of the Year and SLAMbassadors UK competitions; as well as Southbank Centre’s 1821 programme, the Roundhouse Poetry Collective and the Barbican Young Poets. The young poets taking part are: Victoria-Anne Bulley, Charley Genever, Aliyah Hasinah Holder, Natasha Keary, Selina Parmar, Marie-Aline Roemer, Anthony Lloyd Young and Belinda Zhawi.

National Poetry Day Live is a free afternoon of readings, performances, installations and workshops demonstrating the strength and breadth of UK poetry. This year’s line-up will include readings and performances from John Hegley, Joelle Taylor, Michael Symmons Roberts, Imtiaz Dharker, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Liz Berry, Rachel Rooney, Joshua Seigal and one of the first public performances by the new Young Poet Laureate of London, who will have been announced the day before the event.

The event will also include an art installation from acclaimed poet and artist Robert Montgomery, which will light up the Clore Ballroom of the Southbank Centre.

Young Producer, Charley Genever said:

I think I speak for the whole team of young producers when I say I have never been given an experience quite like this. We have been able to invite our biggest inspirations and favourite word-smiths from across the country to take to the stage and celebrate poetry. On top of that we’re learning how to manage the core framework of what makes an event outstanding, and – most importantly – learning to fit everything within a budget! We’ve had some amazing ideas around this year’s theme of ‘light’, and we can’t wait to share them, and to see what our poets produce on the day! I am so honoured to be a part of this year’s NPD Live.

Keep your eye out on social media and The Poetry Society website for more details of who will be performing in the coming weeks.

National Poetry Day Live is free to everyone and will take place in The Clore Ballroom in London’s Southbank Centre from 1 – 6 pm on Thursday 8 October. The announcement and prizegiving of the Foyle Young Poets Award will take place beforehand from 12pm.

The line-up so far:

1pm – 2pm – A showcase of the UK’s best children’s poetry, featuring Joshua Seigel and Rachel Rooney.

2:15pm – 4pm – Poetry for young people, including Imtiaz Dharker, and slam poetry legend Joelle Taylor.

4:15pm – 6pm – An array of poetic talent, including performances from Karen McCarthy Woolf, Michael Symmonds Roberts, and John Hegley.

We hope to see lots of you there for an action-packed day of poetry!

Published October, 2015

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