Thursday, 19 April 2012

News from The Poetry Society about their Annual Lecture

Paul Muldoon: The Poetry Society Annual Lecture
The Word on the Street: Parnassus and Tin Pan Alley 
London & Ledbury
As announced in the current issue of Poetry News, Paul Muldoon will deliver this year's Poetry Society Annual Lecture - London and Ledbury.  
How do we know when and why a poem is going to be a poem and a song a song? Muldoon asks in his lecture, 'The Word on the Street: Parnassus and Tin Pan Alley'. During the event Muldoon will introduce some new poems and song lyrics, and discuss the impact of one genre on the other in his and other writers' work.
TICKETS for both events are £8 but there is a special discounted price for Poetry Society members at £7
SATURDAY 30 JUNE, 4.30pm, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX
For the London event, please use the online code POSOC (in capitals) to claim your discounted tickets (note: there is a booking fee of £1.75 unless you are also a Southbank member)
(please note that the starting time for this event was previously announced incorrectly as 5pm)
Tel: 0844 847 9910 (the phone number was previously given incorrectly as 020 7921 0823)
SUNDAY 1 JULY, 4.30pm, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Herefordshire
Booking opens 21 May
0845 458 1743



This Saturday - 21 April - 4.30pm: Vicki Feaver, Ann Gray, Kim Moore, Panel Discussion: Prize-Winning Poets. Dorothy Wordsworth Festival of Women's Poetry, in association with the Poetry Society, Wordsworth Trust, Cumbria. Chaired by Poetry Society Director, Judith Palmer. Vicki Feaver has won both second and third prizes in the National Poetry Competition, Ann Gray was commended in the 2011 National Poetry Competition and Kim Moore won the Poetry Society's Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and an Eric Gregory Award in 2011. What role do awards and competitions play in a poet's development? Our poets will discuss the advantages, and perhaps even disadvantages, of winning prizes, and read their prize-winning poems. £5 advance payment, £6 on the door. To book, please call the Wordsworth Trust on 01539 435 544, or complete their contact form


26 June to 1 July: As part of Poetry Parnassus at Southbank Centre, London, we will be launching the summer issue of Poetry Review, guest-edited by George Szirtes (date to be confirmed). Come and meet us at the International Poetry Fair at the weekend, where we will have a stall. On Sunday 1 July, 7.30pm, there will be a Poetry Pub Quiz - Poetry + Pub + Quiz - what's not to like? Come along to Concrete Bar at Hayward Gallery for a glass (or three). [Poetry Parnassus: The world’s poets are coming to London - meet them, hear them and celebrate with them. There are over 100 free events, activities and workshops happening every day throughout the festival. The world’s most exciting poets, rappers, spoken word artists, singers and storytellers are gathering for this huge event that will make history as the largest poetry festival ever staged in the UK. Keep checking the Southbank Centre’s website for further updates or pop along on the day to find out what’s on.]

Saturday 7 July. In association with the Poetry Society, Tony Harrison will be appearing at Southbank Centre in London as part of the London Literature Festival. More details soon.


Thursday 4 October will be National Poetry Day. The theme hasn't been confirmed yet but we will notify everyone as soon as we know.

Best wishes, 

Paul McGrane
Membership Manager
The Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX

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