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 The Prelude, Wordsworth writes 'There are in our existence spots of time / That with distinctive pre-eminence retain / A renovating virtue'. The Prelude is built and threaded through with these ‘spots of time’.
Our guest poet this month is Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, who will be reading work from his Poetry Book Society recommended collection Writing The Camp, inspired by the poet’s experience of the Baddawi refugee camp in Lebanon. Whilst it contains its own ‘spots of time’ it is also a meditation on time itself and a philosophical enquiry into what we mean by place. Our open mic theme is time.