LaunchesWe are proud to be launching several books over the next few weeks. All launches are on Zoom, and all are welcome.
Register on Eventbrite, to be sent the Zoom link on the day.
5th May, 8pm, Antony's Mair 'A Suitcase Filled With Hope': https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/146906219457with guest readers Robin Houghton and Lawrence Illsley
11th May, 7.30pm, Mark Fiddes' 'Other Saints Are Available': https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/152841477975
with guest readers Katie Griffith and Susannah Hart
The Friday Lunchtime reading seriesWe are so proud to have hosted so many fabulous poets as part of our Friday lunchtime reading series. Previous readers include Miranda Peake, Rich Campbell, Tessa Foley, Arji Manuelpillai, Alice Willitts, Lawrence Illsley, Samuel Prince, Gillie Robic, Katie Griffiths, Maia Elsner, Mary-Jane Holmes, Susannah Hart, Kerry Priest , Sue Burge, April Yee, Adham Smart, Robin Houghton, Laura Theis, Theophilus Kwek, Tania Hershman, Paul Terence Carney, NJ Hynes, Antony Mair, Jill Abram, Andrea Holland Marcus Smith, Chérie Taylor Battiste, Fahad Al-Amoudi, Michelle Penn, Joolz Sparkes, Mehmet Izbudak, Matt Bryden, Lisa Kelly, Joanna Ingham and Mark Huband.
You can book here for the next three readings
30th April, 1pm, Reading 11, with Lewis Buxton, Cheryl Moskowitz, Tamsin Hopkins and Mark Fiddes: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/151348939753
7th May, 1pm, Reading 12: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/152838838079
14th May, 1pm, Reading 13: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/152839339579
Performance on ZoomComing next from the Live Canon ensemble, on Zoom, a reading of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'Sonnets From the Portuguese'
Tickets are pay what you can and all are welcome
13th May, 8pm, Sonnets from the Portuguese: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/146565749101
Live and Live Streamed at Jermyn Street TheatreThe Live Canon ensemble are delighted to be back on stage, after a year of closed theatres, at the Footprint Festival.
For each performance there will be 25 socially distanced seats at the theatre... and the performance will be simultaneously live streamed.
You can book a 'live' ticket' or a 'live-streamed' ticket.
Please book via Jermyn Street Theatre here: https://www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/footprints-festival/?genre=poetry
Sunday 30 May – Women on War
‘Become as little children, the recruiting officer said…’ (Sylvia Townsend Warner)
The phrase ‘war poets’ usually brings to mind male poets of the first world war. This overlooks the incredible breadth of work by women, spanning centuries, bringing new and vital perspectives to conflict, war, suffering and survival. This performance is an opportunity to hear that work, performed by three actresses.
Poets featured range from First World War poets, including Eva Dobell, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Edith Sitwell, May Herschel Clark and Vera Brittain to writers living through the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Uganda and Liberia.
Sunday 6 June – Metaphysicals
‘Love's mysteries in souls do grow, But yet the body is his book.’ John Donne
Writing in the 17th century, the Metaphysical poets overturned the rules of poetry, blending the emotional and the intellectual in works of bold brilliance. Their poems tackle huge questions of philosophy, love, and religion, and often yoke startling different ideas, metaphors, and conceits together – aiming to surprise the reader with dramatic directness, and to compel them to wrestle with the knots of the poem.
The performance includes poetry by John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughn, Anne Southwell and Andrew Marvell.
Sunday 13 June - Romantics
‘To see a world in a grain of sand’, William Blake
The Romantic poets wrote about much more than daffodils… Writing against a backdrop of anarchy and rebellion in 19th century Europe, the Romantic poets passionately wanted their poetry to inspire and change the world around them. Their works emphasise the importance of the individual, a reverence for childhood and the natural world, and calls to end both poetic elitism and the exploitation of the poor.
Poets performed include John Keats, Anna Barbauld, William Wordsworth, Felicia Dorothea Hemans, Percy Bysshe Shelley, George Gordon Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Blake, Charlotte Smith, Hannah More
Sunday 20 June – Sci-fi poetry
‘And yes, we'll live to be much older, thanks/To popular consensus’, from ‘Sci-Fi’ by Tracy K. Smith
Sci-fi poetry takes the exploration, imagination, and potential for horrifying insights into the human condition that we find in science fiction, and combines it with the precision, depth, and emotional connection of poetry. Sci-fi poetry offers a unique way to explore possible futures, plunging us straight into vivid, wonderful, and sometimes unnerving worlds…
Poets included range from the visionaries of the middle ages to contemporary writers, including NJ Hynes, William Stephenson and Glyn Maxwell.
Sunday 4 July – ‘No more’
'I have crossed an ocean/ I have lost my tongue' Grace Nichols
This programme features poetry which protested against slavery, from across continents and generations. From Phillis Wheatley, the first African American woman to publish a book, to abolitionist campaigners, including Anna Letitia Barbauld and Hannah More, to more recent work exploring the cultural legacy of slavery by Langston Hughes, Margaret Walker and James Berry.
Sunday 11 July – Pre-Raphaelites
'does the road wind uphill all the way? Yes, to the very end' Christina Rossetti
Experimental and artistic, the Pre-Raphaelite poets were fascinated by the interaction of word and image, prioritising mood and atmosphere over narrative and politics, and exploring the sound and beauty of language. Both praised and vilified for their eroticism and rebellion against cultural norms, their poems are irrepressible and unrespectable, yet powerfully committed to simplicity and sincerity – an explosive combination.
Poets include Christina Rossetti, William Morris, Gabriel Dante Rossetti, Lizzie Siddal, George Meredith, John Ruskin and Algernon Swinburne