POETRY AND…

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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.

 


 

3 May 2019: Poetry And… the Havoc of the Body

 

Chapel, King’s Building – 7pm

 

With Renaissance scholar and prize winning poet Linda Gregerson, and Edinburgh doctor and prize-winning author Gavin Francis. Gavin will talk on the body, its adventures, ailments and possibilities, seen partly through the lens of poetry. Linda will read poems that weave around the subject of the body, its hazards and endurance.

Their readings and interaction will be chaired by Professor of Poetry Ruth Padel, followed by free refreshment, book-signings, and an opportunity to talk to the speakers.

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

 


 

14 May 2019: Poetry And… the Interpretation of Dreams

 

Chapel, King’s Building – 7.15pm

 

With prize-winning poet and editor of The Poetry Review Emily Berry, and Darian Leader, psycho-analyst, best-selling author, and member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis & Research. Emily’s collection Stranger, Baby draws on Freud, mining his words and fascination with dreams, but challenging the limits of his therapy in a moving interrogation of her own response to her mother’s death when she was a child.

Their readings and interaction will be chaired by Professor of Poetry Ruth Padel, followed by free refreshment, book-signings, and an opportunity to talk to the speakers.

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

 


 

Past events include:

October/November 2018

POETRY AND WOMEN IN THE ARCTIC with Hercules Editions, Helen Mort and Sara Wheeler

POETRY AND HUMAN RIGHTS with Mona Arshi and Shami Chakrabarti

May/June 2018

POETRY, EUROPE & JUSTICE with Sean O’Brien and Philippe Sands

POETRY, CRITICISM & THE IRISH AGREEMENT with Irish Pages, Chris Agee and Cathal Ó Searcaigh

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