In summer 2012, Southbank Centre launches Poetry Parnassus. This visionary festival seeks poets from all participating Olympic nations come together for a week of readings, talks and performances. Poetry Parnassus marks the first time that so many poets from so many parts of the planet have converged in one place; it is a monumental poetic happening worthy of the spirit and history of the Olympics.
The Poet behind ‘ Olympic Poets’
‘My hunch is this will be the biggest poetry event ever – a truly global coming together of poets.’ (Simon Armitage, the poet behind the idea and Artist in Residence at Southbank Centre)
You can Nominate a Poet
Southbank Centre is offering people around the world the opportunity to nominate their favourite poet to come to the UK. You are invited to recommend poets by filling in this quick Nomination Form. The closing deadline for nominations is 22 July 2011. We will be shortlisting poets in 2011 and will announce which poets have been selected in 2012.
Be part of Poetry Parnassus
Poetry translators and interpreters based in the UK are invited to be part of Poetry Parnassus. Poetry Parnassus will give you the chance to work with highly acclaimed poets from all around the world, sharing their writing with UK audiences and making this landmark festival a success.
For more info, log on to the South Bank Center