Celebrate National Poetry Day in style

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30 September 2016
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NPDLive-Composite2-Web-44392.jpg Some of the performers at NPD Live 2016. (From top left) Ian McMillan, Hannah Lowe, Keaton Henson, Indigo Williams, Salena Godden, Luke Kennard (c. Billie Charity-Prescott), Fran Lock, Hannah Silva and PJ Harvey (c.Anna van Kooij)
A FREE event hosted by the Poetry Society offers big names at the Southbank Centre on 6 October

Enjoy a FREE celebration of all things poetry at National Poetry Day Live, presented by The Poetry Society at the Southbank Centre  on 6 October, 1pm-6.45pm. Stand by to receive and respond as you celebrate the 2016 National Poetry Day theme of ‘Messages’ with a non-stop interchange of live poetry and spoken word in the Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, hosted by Inua Ellams and Indigo Williams.

This year features readings from Mercury Prize-winning artist PJ Harvey. The annual free celebration of the UK’s thriving poetry scene is part of London Literature Festival and features a packed programme of live performances by top poets and free activities for the public, all on the theme of ‘messages’. The line-up includes poets Rob Auton, Salena Godden, Keaton Henson, Luke Kennard, Fran Lock, Hannah Lowe, John Lyons, Sabrina Mahfouz, Ian McMillan, Simon Mole, Cheryl Moskowitz and Hannah Silva.

The whole event will also feature live drawing from Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, and a live recording of BBC Radio 3’s The Verb.

Programmed with a group of young poetry producers aged 18-25, National Poetry Day Live presents the last word in all that’s new and most exciting in poetry, with an array of activities for all ages. Everyone is welcome. Contact Bea Colley if you’d like to bring a school group.

The full line-up is:
• 1pm-2pm – A showcase of the UK’s best children’s poetry featuring John Lyons, Cheryl Moskowitz and Simon Mole.
• 2.15pm-3.45pm – Hear from poets including Fran Lock, Rob Auton, Hannah Lowe and folk-musician, artist and poet Keaton Henson.
• 4pm-6.45pm – An array of poetic talent, including performances from Sabrina Mahfouz, Vahni Capildeo, Ian McMillan, Avaes Mohammad, Hannah Silva, Luke Kennard, Salena Godden and Mercury Prize-winning artist PJ Harvey. Including a live recording of BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, 4pm-5pm

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National Poetry Day Live
Thursday 6 October 2016, 1-6.45pm. Free.
Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

For more information about NPD Live, visit the Poetry Society website. If you’d like to find out about the other ways in which The Poetry Society is celebrating #NationalPoetryDay, visit www.poetrysociety.org.uk/npd. And for everything going on around the country, visit www.nationalpoetryday.co.uk and #SayItWithAPoem