24-29 Oct 2006. Featuring the best in contemporary poetry from around the world, Poetry International at the South Bank centre offers debates, readings, new translations and workshops plus a specially designed Poetry Lounge in the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer. An 11-piece classical ensemble from South Carolina performs with Caribbean poet Kwame Dawes as he reads his latest collection, Wisteria. Twilight Poems from the Swamp Country for the opening event (24 Oct, 19.45 Purcell Room). Other highlights include new translations of poems by iconic 20th-century writer Bertolt Brecht, To those Born Later with David Constantine, Andy Croft, Ulrike Draesner, Lavinia Greenlaw, Adrian Mitchell, Albert Ostermaier and Bert Papenfuss (27 Oct), the festival debate Is Performance Poetry Dead? pitting festival Poet-in-Residence Lemm Sissey against UK stand-up poet Luke Wright (28 Oct) and Poetry and Climate Change with John Burnside and John Kinsella (29 Oct). Every day a new poem by Lemm Sissey will be projected onto the outside of the Royal Festival Hall. Admission 12/8.50/6. For times and events see website.
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The Royal Festival Hall is on the South Bank in London SE1. By rail to Waterloo, Waterloo East or Charing Cross. By Underground to Waterloo, Southwark or Embankment By bus numerous routes. Tel. +44 (0)870 3804300