POETRY AND is a series of free events held twice a year in King’s College London from 7.00-9.00 pm, normally on a Wednesday or Thursday. These events, curated and chaired by Ruth Padel and Declan Ryan, are held in the sumptuously welcoming venue of King’s College Chapel, Strand WC2R 2LS, and include questions, and informal chat over free wine afterwards.

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 essays about their work.

Events so far include:

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

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 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