Tuesday 26 June 2012

The world’s poets are coming to London Tues 26th June – Sun 1st July 2012

Poetry Parnassus Festival
Meet them and hear them during the Poetry Parnassus Festival at Southbank Centre. There are more than 100 FREE events, activities and workshops happening throughout the festival. The world’s most exciting poets, rappers and spoken word artists are gathering for this huge event that will make history as the largest poetry festival ever staged in the UK.

Keep checking the website for further updates or pop along on the day to find out what’s on.

Rain of poems Tuesday 26th June 9pm

One hundred thousand poems by 300 contemporary poets from 204 countries will be released from a helicopter over Jubilee Gardens during Poetry Parnassus as the sun sets. The Rain of Poems will be carried out by the Chilean arts collective Casagrande in collaboration with Southbank Centre. It will be a spectacular sight, to which everyone is invited.

Jubilee Gardens is the greens space just behind the London Eye, next to the Southbank Centre, close to Waterloo Underground. The Rain of Poems may be postponed until the following day if there is bad weather, so do check the website before you set off.

Other Free Poetry Parnassus Activities

Free activities you might particularly enjoy include Poems on the Underground Writing Workshops (1pm-2pm daily), the Poetry Takeaway where poets will write you a poem to order while you wait (Noon – 5pm Daily) and the Emergency Poet (Noon-5pm from the 28th-1st) who will prescribe you a personalised reading list.

For further information please visit http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/festivals-series/poetry-parnassus.

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