Part of Literature Sept-Dec 12Thursday 4 October 2012
Join Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society for a star-studded afternoon at National Poetry Day Live 2012 with readings from some of the most exciting poets and spoken words artists in the UK. The theme is 'stars' and you can join Inua Ellams' intergalactic twitter poem, be offered a cosmic cure for a broken heart by the Poetry Library doctors, or star-gaze from one of the poetry tents popping up along the South Bank.
Compered by Roger McGough
1pm - 2.15pm
Poet Ira Lightman and school students involved in Artichoke's Peace Camp project take to the stage. They are followed by much loved poets Roger McGough, Grace Nichols and Rachel Rooney.
2.30pm - 4.15pm
Breaking the sound barrier, we showcase some of the UK's best up-and-coming spoken word artists including former SLAMbassadors UK winners Jamal Msebele and Megan Beech, with Artistic Director and mentor Joelle Taylor. Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award judges Helen Mort and Christopher Reid read alongside former winners of the competition, Charlotte Higgins and Sarah Howe.
4.30pm - 6pm
Poetry Review achieves escape velocity, with readings from the latest issue by Karen McCarthy Woolf and Dannie Abse, one of the century's most important Welsh writers. Simon Barraclough shares his love of the solar system alongside Mario Petrucci, writer of the script for the world's largest 3D soundscape. Joining them is punk poet John Cooper Clarke.
Also don't miss
Over 400 secondary students from all over the UK have produced InTents, inspired by Peace Camp, Deborah Warner's UK-wide poetry project, commissioned for London 2012 Festival. Their poems and artworks are embroidered, cross-stitched, and etched onto tents which pop up along the South Bank on National Poetry Day. Pick up your map from Southbank Centre.