This event series is part poetry reading, part open mic and the guest poet and open mic theme change each month.
Our 2021 contemporary poetry reading series, “Go to the poets, they will speak to thee”, is curated and hosted by poet Kim Moore. We will be listening to what poets have to say about our turbulent times, and how poetry can cross borders to challenge, delight and inspire us.
In his preface to the 1802 Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth writes ‘I have wished to keep my Reader in the company of flesh and blood, persuaded that by so doing I shall interest him’.
Our guest poet this month is Julia Copus, whose latest collection Girlhood (Faber, 2019) contains a powerful sequence which explores the therapeutic relationship between the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and Marguerite Pantaine, who attempted to murder the actor Huguette Duflos.
Our theme for the open mic this month is a poem about a person – whether this is an imaginary or historical character, from fairytale, myth or drawing inspiration from your friends and family.