The Poetry Library had it’s 60th Birthday this week, they put on a great show, with poetry on a big screen, some specially commissioned poems in the Foyer from Annie Freud, John Hegley, Kate Kitalea, Daljit Nagra and Mario Petrucci. All in a jolly cafe atmosphere and some yummy birthday cake distributed all round.
We were shown a lovely picture of Seamus Heaney opening the current space in 1988.
Once in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Ian McMillan chaired the event with knowledge and wit. I didn’t know he presents a weekly show called ‘The Verb’ on BBC radio 3, but the more one gets out in the world the more one learns. His latest pamphlet is ‘Ah’ve Soiled Ma Breeks’. It sounds like fun.
There were readings from an illustrious group of well known poets including John Agard, Emily Berry, Peter Finch, Jen Hadfield, Kei Miller Daijit Nagra, Amjar Nasser, Brenda Shaughnessy. Warsan Shire and last but not least and not reading in the above order was Fleur Adcock. She got my vote as the best poet of the evening. She describes poetry as the ‘The music of what happens’, what a lovely way to put it both for the listener and for the aspiring poet.
The Poetry Library has brilliant events during the year and it is worth going on their mailing list of all things poetic.
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