Upcoming Events

These are ticketed events. Please register using the links below.

10 October 2017: Poetry And – World Service

Edmund J Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand

What does poetry offer culturally diverse audiences? The popular King’s College London reading series, POETRY AND – chaired by Professor of Poetry Ruth Padel, presents culturally diverse poets Jack Mapanje, Sarah Howe and Kayo Chingonyi exploring the ways in which poetry enriches audiences across the globe.



17 October 2017: Intimate Letters

King’s College Chapel, Strand

“To write,” said critic Susan Sontag, “is an act of ardour.” This performance of music and poetry combines two quartets written forty years apart with a version of the “Letter Scene” in Pushkin’s poem and Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin, which for Sontag exemplifies the risk all writers take when they put pen to paper. Tchaikovsky String Quartet No. 3, Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”, and Padel’s poem “Writing to Onegin”.



20 October 2017: Dark Water Burning World – Lesbos and the Boats of Syria

Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand

Six years since the Syrian uprising, the sea between Turkey and the Greek islands is still a deadly passage. Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj and poet Ruth Padel present a collaborative work marking the courage of Syrian refugees after their crossing, many now trapped in camps on the island of Lesbos. Kourbaj’s artwork in response to the Syrian tragedy is inspired by 5th century BC Syrian vessels in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. On Lesbos, Padel went into camps and talked to refugees and islanders with memories of their grandparents, refugees from the 1922 massacre at Smyrna.



28 November 2017: Poetry And – The Red Egg

King’s College Chapel, Strand

A talk and poetry reading, chaired by Professor of Poetry Ruth Padel, with two award-winning writers who meet in their shared passion for birds’ eggs: zoologist and ornithologist Tim Birkhead, and poet Paul Farley.

This is a free, ticketed event (with free wine). Please register using the link below: