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.


16 October 2018: Poetry And… Women in the Arctic


Chapters, KCL Campus, Strand


In partnership with Hercules Editions, a free event at KCL’s unique space Chapters with poet Helen Mort, travel author and biographer Sara Wheeler, and award-winning artist Emma Stibbon.

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



28 November 2018: Poetry And… Human Rights


Council Room, KCL Campus, Strand


A free discussion and meet-the-author book signing in KCL’s elegant Council Room with prize-winning poet and lawyer Mona Arshi, and Shadow Attorney General and member of the House of Lords Shami Chakrabarti.

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

UPDATE: If you would like to come to this and have not registered in Eventbrite, please send names to @wildcourt or @ruthpadel so we can put them on the door. There are 6 seats left.


Past events include:

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