It's not all going to be sport in London this summer. The Southbank Centre are hosting Poetry Parnassus from 26th June to 1st July, the UK’s largest ever gathering of the world’s poets. If you are going to be in or near London later this month, be sure not to miss this huge turn out of poets from across the globe - more than 200 and as far as possible one to represent every olympic country - as they give readings and masterclass workshops.
The line up includes big names such as Simon Armitage, Seamus Heaney and Wole Soyinka along with many others from far and near who have taken the StAnza stage, such as Nikola Madzirov from Macedonia and Tusiata Avia from Samoa who both took part in StAnza 2012, two of our previous Poets in Residence, Kei Miller representing Jamaica and Bill Manhire from New Zealand; and from earlier festivals Canada's Karen Solie, Soleiman Adel Guemar from Algeria, Yang Lian (China), Pia Tadrupf (Denmark), Jack Mapanje (Malawi), Imtiaz Dharker (Pakistan) and Jo Shapcott representing Britain.
You can see the list of some of those already chosen here
. More names have been added recently to that list, howeve the Poetry Parnassus team are still looking for suggestions for a few more countries, such as Liechtenstein, so if anyone has any ideas, they'd be pleased to hear them. There will be the chance to get involved with over 100 free events and activities, full details of which can be found on the Poetry Parnassus website
. The programme includes on Tuesday 26th June a World Poetry Summit
at which StAnza's director Eleanor Livingstone will be taking part to talk about StAnza's digital festivals and events.