POETRY AND is a series of free events held at King’s College London, normally on midweek evenings from 7.00-9.00 pm. These events, curated and chaired by Ruth Padel, are normally held in the sumptuously welcoming venue of King’s Chapel, on the Strand, and include questions and informal post-event chat over free wine.

They combine some of today’s most exciting poetry voices with leading experts in other fields, from climate change and neuroscientists to historians, TV directors, psychiatrists, war veterans, and leading academics.

The ‘other experts’ enjoy speaking about their own discipline or art in terms of poetry, while the poets enjoy presenting their work with a focus on the other discipline.

The result is a series of enthralling and illuminating evenings: do come along if you are in London on any of these nights.

Apart from introducing vital new poetry to students and the general public, POETRY AND aims to showcase poetry’s connectivity and relevance (underlined here by Ruth Padel’s article about them in The Guardian) not only to other academic disciplines but to the vital issues of our world today.

Wild Court introduces some of our recent speakers and includes essays about their work.


24 May 2018: Poetry, Europe & Justice

Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand

This summer, we are presenting free events at King’s College London in the Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, followed by a wine reception and book-signing in Chapters. ‘Poetry, Europe & Justice’ is a reading and discussion with two prize-winning authors, poet Sean O’Brien and barrister Philippe Sands.

This is a free, ticketed event and wine reception. Please register here



8 June 2018: Poetry, Criticism & The Irish Agreement

Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand

A celebration of the latest issue of Belfast-published literary magazine Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing. The latest issue of Irish Pages – ‘Criticism’ features Eva Hoffman on Europe’s ‘Internal Others’ and essays by Bernard O’Donoghue and Kathleen Jamie; and The Belfast Agreement, A 20th Anniversary. There will be readings and discussion from contributors and editors, Chris Agee and Cathal Ó Searcaigh.

This is a free, ticketed event and wine reception. Please register here



Past events include:

October/November 2017

POETRY AND THE RED EGG with Tim Birkhead & Paul Farley

POETRY AND WORLD SERVICE with Sarah Howe & Kayo Chingonyi

March 2016

POETRY AND THE DIVIDED BRAIN with Michael Symmons Roberts & Iain McGilchrist

POETRY AND SOLDIERS where six returned soldiers, male and female, read poems and discussed why poetry matters in extreme conditions

POETRY AND FILM with Glyn Maxwell and Thaddeus O’Sullivan

November 2015

POETRY AND HISTORY with Roy Foster & James Brookes

POETRY AND IDENTITY with Daljit Nagra & Sarah Howe

POETRY AND MAPPING with Kei Miller & Jerry Brotton

POETRY AND CONNECTION with psychiatrist Sushrut Jardhav and poets Ruth Padel, Declan Ryan and Malene Engelund

March – May 2015

POETRY AND OUR WAR IN AFGHANISTAN with Andrew O’Hagan & Bryony Doran

POETRY AND CLIMATE CHANGE with David Harsent & Rachel McCarthy

POETRY AND ORIGINS with Vesna Goldsworthy & Bernard O’Donoghue

POETRY AND SCENCE with Gillian Beer & Ruth Padel