Connect with the power of poetry as some of the country’s most outstanding spoken word poets perform at London Bridge on 3rd October for National Poetry Day. National Poetry Day recognises poetry’s capacity to bring people together with a national celebration across the UK every October. This year it marks its 25th anniversary with a fitting theme for our time; TRUTH. Join us beside the ticket office on the concourse from 4pm-5pm and 6pm-7pm and stop for a moment to witness the power of a single, passionate poetic voice. Live performances from Lola Oh, Antonia King, Laurie Bolger, Marv Radio, Izzy Inkpen, Repeat Beat Poet, Joshua Idehen and Kat Francois. @applesandsnakes www.applesandsnakes.org
The poetry curator Allie Esiri and special guest actors, Helena Bonham Carter, Helen McCrory and Josette Simon take us on a journey through the history of women’s writing at The Bridge Theatre. From Eneheduanna, the world’s first known poet, via Sappho, this special evening showcases some of the most powerful, illuminating and entertaining women’s writing of today including Maya Angelou and Carol Ann Duffy. The poems are taken from Allie Esiri’s hugely successful anthologies published by Macmillan – A Poem for Every Day of the Year and A Poem for Every Night of the Year. Allie Esiri is an accomplished host of live and recorded poetry events and has worked with readers such as Harry Enfield, Tom Hiddleston, Sheila Atim, Damian Lewis, Simon Russell Beale, Giles Terera and Emma Watson. Evening Standard, on the audiobook of A Poem for Every Day of the Year (poems read by Helena Bonham Carter and Simon Russell Beale): “As well as classics that we all know and love, the anthology includes…poems by women and BAME writers”. Find out more >
National Poetry Day 2018 takes place on Thursday 4 October 2018 and the theme is Change. Expect an explosion of activity nationwide, thousands of amazing events across the UK – in schools, libraries, bookshops and hospitals, on buses, trains and boats – all celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together. In London Bridge we’ll have 10 highly regarded, exciting poets reciting original works 4-5pm, and 6-7pm at the station beside the ticket office on the lower concourse. 4.00pm Paul Lyalls 4.15pm Shade Joseph 4.25pm Gabriel Jones 4.35pm Jemilea Wisdom-Baako 4.45pm Mr Gee 6.00pm Cecilia Knapp 6.15pm Rue Gumbochuma 6.25pm Bella Cox 6.35pm Eleanor Penny 6.45pm Bridget Minamore Come and be inspired. You can post your favourite lines from poems using the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay Find the full programme at @PoetryDayUK and nationalpoetryday.co.uk
Come aboard the Dixie Queen to join Inua Ellams’ Rhythm And Poetry Party as we sail down the Thames… What might eloquent voices from contemporary poetry and spoken word movements have to say about hip-hop’s past, present and future? Come find out at Inua Ellams’ Rhythm And Poetry Party…a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, night of hip-hop-inspired poems and favourite hip-hop songs. Specifically curated for the Totally Thames, this event features Laurie Bolger, Anthony Anaxagorou, Danielle Dash, Tyrone Lewis, Ella Frears, Al The Native, Michelle Tiwo, Ross Sutherland, Theresa Lola and Inua Ellams. The R.A.P Party has been at the Southbank Centre, Rich Mix, Shoreditch House, Dublin International Literature Festival, Lagos International Poetry Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Brighton Dome to name a few. Essential Information The boat will return to Tower Millennium Pier If you have access requirements please contact Totally Thames by email here or call 020 7928 8998.