• Poetry & talks: Poetry in Conflict

Poetry & talks: Poetry in Conflict

25 July 2015


Southbank Centre’s biennial Poetry International festival was founded by Ted Hughes in 1967. It returns this year from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 July with talks, readings and innovative live performances. 

On Saturday 25th July join an afternoon of talks in the Poetry in Conflict session. Take a fresh look at places that are constantly in the news because of conflict.

The insights of their keenest observers and sharpest wordsmiths challenge how these countries and regions are depicted in the media. This afternoon of three talks tells the stories of poets and poetry from Afghanistan to Pakistan via Iraq.

In Free of the Taliban, hear from three poets Saleem Khan, Zahid Ullah and Dilawar Khan plus the journalist, Aamir Iqbal, who first bought their story to the attention of the world.  Modern War Poetry presents the war poets of today who are recording their experiences for future generations. And Why Afghan women risk their lives to write poetry showcases the 2-line landays – potent poems of war, grief, separation and love - collated by the Mirman Baheer Society of Kabul, Afghanistan's largest women's literary society. 

Venue: Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Southbank Centre, London

Time: 12.00 - 4.30pm

Tickets: £15 - for further information and to book tickets, visit the Poetry International website.