Kings Poetry

King’s poetry Festival offers unlimited opportunities for poetry (workshops / readings / open mic) and is  FREE – please see programme below


Saturday 16 June 2018


A celebration of poetry, life and life writing

in the Great Hall, Strand Campus, King’s College London

Hosted by the Centre for Life-Writing Research, KCL

10.45 am -11 Welcome and introduction (Clare Brant for CLWR)

11-12.00 Poetry we love ~ favourite poems 100 years old: open mike, compered by Ruth Richardson. Bring a poem or extract from a longer poem you love to read! (40 lines max please)

12.00-12.45 pm Poets ~ a constellation of poets, curated by Ruth O’Callaghan

12.45-1 Browse – book sales and breather

1-1.40 Open mike – all welcome! Bring a poem (40 lines max please)

1.40-2 Puffs – editors, publishers, magazines, poetry resources: short talks

2-3 Workshop – theme ‘I come from…’ run by poet Katherine Lockton. Reading of poems to be filmed (optional, not compulsory!) for a feature to be submitted to the European Journal of Life Writing

3-4 Poetry for all – ‘I dreamed a future happiness’ Stepney Words (1971) authored by Chris Searle & friends, discussion chaired by Ruth Richardson

4-5 Bot or not – a session of computer poetry, co-created with the audience, presented by Rebecca Roach from Ego Media,

5-5.15 break

5.15-6.45 Poets – reading by Fleur Adcock, Connie Bensley, Maureen Duffy, Elaine Feinstein, Katherine Lockton, Paul McLoughlin, Ruth O’Callaghan


Free and all welcome!
You may be subject to a security check at the entrance.
Sorry we can’t provide refreshments so please bring your own – or there are lots of cafés nearby.