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  • Central London
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  • Mon, 20th May 2024 @ 19:00 - 21:00
  • 19:00 - 21:00

Join us in partnership with The Royal Society of Literature for two events with poet and novelist Anne Michaels. The first event will include a reading of a Wanda Barford poem followed by a lecture from Anne Michaels. There will also be an opportunity to network and book signing with Anne. 

This event will take place in our Historic Great Room. 

Nothing Enrages the Tyrant More Than Hope: The Poem as Witness.
Anne Michaels 

Every poem is a poem of witness. Every poem, a form of rescue - from amnesia of every sort, from every kind of disregard and indifference. The hope of poems that witness war and political oppression is the assertion of justice spoken, spit in the eye of the oppressor, a message left for the others. And poems witness tyrannies less visible - illness, grief, shame, regret, terror, error, doubt. And others still, witness love that cannot wait – an entire life passes in a moment.

The poem says: precisely in the places where we feel most abandoned, we are not alone. No other public utterance so effectively names those places in us, and makes, in its precision, such ample space for both writer and reader. Here, the poem says, exactly in the place of dispossession – by a tyrant, by history, by a plan or policing, by chance, by time, by desire, by longing - exactly here and here and here, is the hope of being heard, and in that hope, solidarity. Every time we meet another’s gaze, here, in the poem, writer and reader, something is mended.

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  • Written by Cassie

    Rating: 5


    Visited 1 week ago
    A relaxed evening with three talented musicians / bands.
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    Rating: 5


    Visited 3 weeks ago
    Great workshop where we learned many techniques that we could practice there as well. Danyah helped to build a great atmosphere to work during the session.

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