Poetry International 2006

Poetry International 2006

The World’s leading poets read live at the South Bank.

Founded in the 1960s by Ted Hughes, Poetry International is the biggest poetry festival in the UK. Revived by the South Bank Centre in 1988, Poetry International is a rare opportunity to hear and meet up to 40 prestigious poets from around the world, as well as attend close readings, debates, take part in reading groups – and experience poetry across the whole site of the South Bank Centre.

Poets appearing in 2006 include Lemn Sissay, Kwame Dawes, Simon Armitage, Jane Hirshfield, Tomas Tranströmer, John Kinsella, Sharon Olds, Elke Schmitter, Lavinia Greenlaw, Gabeba Baderoon, Paul Farley, Paul Muldoon and John Burnside.

Since its inception, this landmark festival has attracted world-renowned names, including Allen Ginsberg, Octavio Paz, Pablo Neruda, John Ashbery, Derek Walcott, Czeslaw Milosz, Michael Ondaatje, Michael Donaghy, Margaret Atwood, August Kleinzahler and Jaap Blonk.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

Lemn Sissay as Poet in Residence – writing a new poem everyday to be projected on to the Royal Festival Hall itself, writing a daily blog and debating whether performance poetry is dead

The premiere of Kwame Dawes’ Wisteria: Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country, a set of poems by Kwame Dawes, by composer Kevin Simmonds and played by an eleven piece orchestra from South Carolina

John Burnside and John Kinsella discuss poetry, the natural world and the issue of climate change

UK premiere of ARAPIAT, Israeli-Arab rappers who write about social issues, attitudes and what it means to be Arab and female in the 21st century

50th anniversary celebration of Brecht with new work by German and UK poets: David Constantine, Adrian Mitchell, Ulrike Draesner, Lavinia Greenlaw, Albert Ostermaier and Bert Papenfuss

Stand-up poet Luke Wright debates whether performance poetry is dead with Lemn Sissay

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer presents poems, in new translations by Robin Robertson and read by actor Krister Henriksson

Best selling German novelist Elke Schmitter gives her first UK poetry reading with new translations by Karen Leeder

In a grand finale Finnish poet, Tua Forsström shares a platform with top poets Sharon Olds, Robin Robertson and Paul Muldoon

The Poetry Lounge – Specially designed for Poetry International 2006, the Poetry Lounge is a place where you can pause and soak up the Festival, browse recently published poetry books, take part in a reading group or check the Festival website. You can also find out more about the Festival poets by browsing news cuttings courtesy of the Poetry Library. Or you can just relax, chat with poets and festival-goers and enjoy the atmosphere.

Also around the building you can read poetry created by people who live and work in Lower Marsh, one of the liveliest streets in Waterloo, and write back your memories of where you come from in our Trading Places project.

Hsiao-Chi Tsai is the designer for the Poetry International set and Poetry Lounge for 2006.

Region: All
Venue: South Bank Centre
Venue Address: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London
Website: http://www.rfh.org.uk/poetryinternational
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Specified
Press Tickets:
Name: Kate Wright-Morris