Posted 11 Jun 2014

in News

London hosts a new Summer of (Poetic) Love!

Festival of love at the southbank

©Southbank centre

‘At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet’, said Plato, and this is the theme of the Southbank Centre, London, UK’s ‘Summer of Love’ Festival. Running from 17th – 21st July, there is a veritable honeypot of luscious, loving events in the Poetry International strand (founded by the sublime Ted Hughes in 1967 and now held every two years).

Highlights, in a host of venues, include readings by poets from around the world; workshops; sound, art and poetry collaborations – with a promised journey ‘through space and time, ‘a language of extremes’ and 3D texts; Egyptian hip-hop; poetry films – and, hey, ‘The Marginalia Machine’, an ‘archival drawing robot’…

Other highlights include a huge collaborative sonnet penned by the visiting international poets as the Poetry Library’s exhibition space is turned into a giant page to receive hand-written, inspired lines as the Festival progresses. Another collaborative venture is ‘PoetryFilm Blackboard’, where Southbank Centre Visitors participate in a text/art project by Malgorzata Kitowski by writing words on a blackboard – a photograph is taken of each line and a poetry film created from the shots. And the ‘Karvan Caravan’ promises that you too can travel with the karvan to a world of literary adventures, where ‘boundaries melt into lands of the spoken word, where islands rise out of the sea and song, and mountains reach up towards lyrical blue skies’ – though there is a suspicion that you may not actually depart from Queen’s Walk, London.

All details at

Love is the only answer

©Southbank centre

by The PoetryZoo Keeper