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4th London Poetry Festival 2008: August 8-11 @ Waterloo St John's Church, SE1


(Poetry Festival)


4th London Poetry Festival 2008
August 8, 9, 10 & 11 (Friday-Monday) Evenings
Waterloo St John’s Church
Waterloo Road
London SE1

Tickets: £6 Cons £4 (Available Online)
Contact: contact@londonpoetryfestival.com
Website: http://www.londonpoetryfestival.com

People may begin gathering from six but the Festival will start at about 7:30 p.m and finish by 10:30 p.m. That's the time for all the four evening events.

As its signature presentation the 4th London Poetry Festival will present this year's Five Poets in Residence in all the four of the evening events. The Residence Poets are: Anjan Saha (Hammersmith, London), Claire Askew (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh), Helen Long (Tunbridge Wells), Nnorom Azuonye (Thamesmead, London) and Sharon Harriot (Wimbledon, London). People may read their works on Poets’ Letter or on the Festival website.

Please spread the word as the Festival needs as much support as it can get in terms of promoting the events. People who are on Facebook can join London Poetry Festival Group.

We need some volunteers to help us run the festival's four evening events (from (6-10:30 p.m). If you can spare the time and effort please send us an email.

The Festival is run on a not for profit basis so it is here because of the support and energy everyone involves offers it for free, for the love of word.

Tickets are kept at a very low level: £6 full price and cons £4. Members of the Facebook Groups The London Circle, The National English Poetre and London Poetry Festival and Poetry Society, The English PEN, NUJ, Poetry School and Society of Authors are entitled to concessionary tickets.

There are four slots for music: one every evening. If there are any musicians/singers/bands among you or someone you know please let them know of this opportunity for them to get involved.

There is an Open Mic slot every evening for young poets to read. Poets who are interested to read at the Open Mic slots should send one poem to contact@londonpoetryfestival.com because the Open Mic readers are preselected.

The London Poetry Festival grew out of Poets’ Letter Magazine Poetry Performance and Live Music Series that started in March 2005 at the Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden, one year later than the founding of Poets’ Letter. Our Performance Series grew into its third year and still growing in strength. We had the first Festival at The Poetry Cafe in August 2005 where many of our panel of poets took part as well as a lot of other poets published in the Magazine and Poets’ Letter Poetry Anthology of New Voices. We had a great memorable event.

We thought this could become a regular Annual Poetry Festival in London, a celebration of Contemporary English Poetry. And there was the second Festival in 2006 at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) which was a resounding success. The festival in 2007, the third, celebrated in a four-day poetic feast: August 10, 11, 12 and 13th, Friday to Monday. 2nd London Poetry Festival was featured in British Satellite News Channel in 2006.

Five Poets in Residence at the Festival 2008 are: Anjan Saha, Claire Askew, Helen Long, Nnorom Azuonye and Sharon Harriott.

3rd Festival Residencies were offered to: Briony Dennis, Inua Ellams, Juli Jeana, Tom Chivers and Tricia Peak.

From the second Festival we developed Festival Poets in Residence Programme as part of London Poetry Festival's commitments to new, young and emerging poetic voices and offered five poets the Residencies who became the Signature presentation of the Festival. The Residencies of the 2nd Festival went to these talented poets: Alan Buckley, Dr Girija Emma Jane Shettar, Luke Wright, Malgorzata Kitowski and Philip Ruthen.

London Poetry Festival has never received, nor does it receive now, any funding from any public bodies or grant making foundations and is purely funded by Poets’ Letter and the hard works, supports and contributions of the astonishing band of people: editors, poets, writers, singers, musicians, song writers, artists, PR professionals, journalists, dancers, librarians, youth workers, teachers, parents and simply people who are into living in a community that is bigger than themselves.

Sponsorship proposals are highly welcome and be treated as a great support.

London Poetry Festival is here and will continue to be here in its efforts to ensure that we make a lot of poetry and music out of our living to say, show, sing and celebrate the fact that we are humans and we are alive and thriving in the rainbow-humanity in this great city and country. This is an open invite to everyone to join us in the celebration.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need further information.

Thank you

Munayem Mayenin

Munayem Mayenin is the Festival Director of London Poetry Festival, Editor of Poets' Letter Magazine, Poet in Residence at Southwark Libraries and author of Prometheus and Orpheus (Sonnets), Illumine My Ithaca, Indira's Heart: Prozzitry Collection, Immonsima: Romantic Poetic Fiction, Ink-Spring Ithaca Iguana, A Traveller's Guide to Pollypsychophinadalium, Neverbridge Stone Roses, Dehumanisation of Humanity, Vol 1 (Philosophy), Poetry of Ruins and Rains, Poetica Rainbow Ryder, The Geography of Time, The Son of Eternity and Command the Moon.

Contact Information

name: Munayem Mayenin
phone: 0000000000000
email: contact@londonpoetryfestival.com
website: www.londonpoetryfestival.com

venue: Waterloo St John’s Church, Waterloo Road,London
4th London Poetry Festival 2008
August 8, 9, 10 & 11 (Friday-Monday) Evenings
Waterloo St John’s Church
Waterloo Road
London SE1

The Waterloo St John's Church is between Waterllo Bridge and Waterloo Station



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