Exiled at the Poetry Parnassus: For Sepectator Blog

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Steven McGregor Blog on Event Prayers for Exiled Poets at Poetry Parnassus

While the Ancient Greeks ceased hostilities for the Olympic Games, this summer will be business as usual in many parts of the world. Exiled poets from Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, China, and Uganda presented their work yesterday afternoon at the Southbank center, participating in the ongoing Poetry Parnassus. Readings took place in the cavernous, skylit, Front Room at QEH. Continue reading

Rain of Poems: London 2012 Poetry Parnassus


Chilean arts collective Casagrande droppped 100,000 poems from a helicopter over the south bank of the Thames river at twilight. Rain of Poems serves as a symbolic reappropriation of the past. All five cities that have been hit with poems (Berlin, Warsaw, Gernika, Dubrovnik, Santiago, and London), are cities that have been bombed during military strifes in the past. Through this symbolic “bombing of words,” Casagrande hopes to “open up questions that help us to understand cultural works as pacifist practices and also to discuss what the place of poetry could be in the history of war.” Continue reading

Poetry Parnassus interactive map

 Poetry Parnassus interactive map: verse from each olympic nation

From June 26, as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Southbank Centre is hosting a week-long Poetry Parnassus – the largest poetry festival ever staged in the UK, bringing together poets from all the competing Olympic nations. Wend your way through each country’s poems using our interactive map.

Poems extracted from The World Record: International Voices from Poetry Parnassus, edited by Neil Astley and Anna Selby, published by Bloodaxe Books and Southbank Centre at £10 on June 26 2012. Of the featured poets, 145 will be at the week-long Poetry Parnassus as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World.

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BBC Online Interview for Poetry Parnassus

Poetry Parnassus:

Poetry Parnassus: Meet the poets from Albania, India and Uganda

The largest ever global gathering of poets begins in London on Tuesday. The Poetry Parnassus features poets from all 204 Olympic nations. The event will launch with a 100,000 bookmark-shaped poems being dropped from a helicopter near the Southbank Centre.The week-long event has been billed as “the largest gathering of international poets in world history”. Here, three poets – Albania’s Luljeta Leshanaku, India’s Tishani Doshi and Uganda’s Nick Makoha – tell BBC News arts correspondent Tim Masters about their writing and why they are taking part. Continue reading

Poetry Foundation: Parnassus is Coming


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“It will be five days of discovery” –BBC on Three Poets Attending the Poetry Parnassus By Harriet Staff

In preparation for the Poetry Parnassus, the BBC introduces three international poets who all have complex relationships with the countries they represent. Tishani Doshi of India and Nick Makoha of Uganda have lived far from home; Albania’s Luljeta Lleshanaku spent her childhood under house arrest. She says: Continue reading

The World Record

 The World Record

The World Record: international voices from Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus Edited by Neil Astley and Anna Selby

ISBN-13: 9781852249380

The World Record is an international anthology of work by all poets appearing at Poetry Parnassus, published by Bloodaxe Books with Southbank Centre. The World Record” is an international anthology of work by poets from all the countries taking part in the 2012 London Olympics, featuring a poem from each of the 204 Olympic nations. Poets come together in London for Poetry Parnassus, a week-lon celebratory gathering as part of the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, the Festival of the World and the London 2012 Festival. This visionary festival at London’s Southbank Centre features poets from all participating Olympic nations giving readings, talks and performances. Poetry Parnassus is a monumental poetic happening worthy of the spirit and history of the Olympics. Continue reading