Poetry at Southbank Centre

By Valencia, Miriam | NATE Classroom, Spring 2011 | Go to article overview

Poetry at Southbank Centre


Valencia, Miriam, NATE Classroom


[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Imagine London in 2012. The preparations are complete. Airports and train stations are bustling with excitement. The hotels are fully booked, and cafes, bars and restaurants are serving spicy Nigerian yams, Slovenian goulash, Thai egg rolls. Your students have booked their tickets and they are excited about seeing their heroes in the flesh. In other words, Poetry Parnassus is here.

Poetry Parnassus

Southbank Centre is mounting an ambitious poetry project for the Olympic year that aims to bring poets from every Olympic nation together for a week-long festival of poetry. Poetry Parnassus is led by Southbank Centre's Artistic Director Jude Kelly and Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Simon Armitage who says: 'My hunch is that this will be the biggest poetry event ever--a truly global coming together of poets.'

Poetry Parnassus will be a feast of readings, workshops, discussions, seminars and performances that will showcase what poetry means to the peoples of the world. Poets from open democracies will meet poets who live in countries where self-expression is a risk-laden endeavour. Poets who speak Flemish and poets who speak Turkish will find a common language in poetry. Young poets and poetry readers will learn from established writers, and those more experienced poets will be challenged by the enthusiasms of their younger colleagues. This Parnassus, however, will not be an exclusive club of Olympic poets only. Participatory projects in the run up to the festival will develop and foster relationships between poets from around the world and their communities in this country, with an aim to fully engage those communities both with Poetry Parnassus and the wider cultural resources available to them in London.

Culminating in a spectacular event, Poetry Parnassus aims to raise the profile of poetry in the Olympic year. The whole project will be documented in an anthology entitled The World Record with a poem contributed by each participating poet.

Poetry Parnassus, named after the mythological home of the Muses, is the highlight of a whole array of resources and activities that Southbank Centre can offer you and your students. This arts centre, at the heart of London's South Bank and Bankside Cultural quarter, is the home of the Saison Poetry Library at the Royal Festival Hall.

The Saison Poetry Library

This is a free public library devoted to modern and contemporary poetry. It's a lending library as well as offering unrivalled resources to researchers and poets. The Saison Poetry Library has a long history of cultivating the relationship between poetry and young people. Some of the greatest and best loved anthologies for children have been painstakingly and lovingly researched here. Back in the 1970s, visitors to the library will have rubbed shoulders with Ted Hughes, hard at work compiling the immensely successful anthology The Rattle Bag. In The Letters of Ted Hughes, published by Faber and Faber in 2007, the then Poet Laureate describes the experience like no other that is the Saison Poetry Library:

'Very strange experience, squeezing every morning into modern poetry, and sitting in there all day all curled up with book clamped over mouth inhaling deeply, then coming out in the five or six oclock dark' [sic].

Many other poets find their inspiration in the library. It's truly a place where poets and readers meet. As well as poets laureate, though, we see school students, families with young children, casual readers, critics, academics, teachers and artists 'squeezing every morning into modern poetry'.

One of our key roles is to provide support to schools, both nationally and in the local area. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Poetry at Southbank Centre
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.