Poetry and politics are both deeply concerned with verbal persuasion and the art of rhetoric, but by existing outside the mainstream economic culture, poetry can also be a potent form of dissent. It has been said that poets by themselves can do little to save humanity, but that without them there would be little worth saving.
At this event, we bring together three fearless, subversive poets to explore the power of political poetry in the era of global terrorism, social media and fake news. In the turbulent climate of modern politics, is it more important than ever that poets are able to speak out and give voice to opinions otherwise unheard? And what is it like to write against the backdrop of growing nationalism and ever-increasing public anger?
Our panel, chaired by Boyd Tonkin, includes three award-winning poets, the inimitable Anthony Anaxagorou, Zeina Hashem Beck and Nick Toczek, who bring a wealth of experience on the front lines of poetry, protest and politics to this enlightening discussion of just how the written word can shape the world.