Special event
Each imagined pinnacle: new poems inspired by sculpture at the British Museum

Friday 29 June 2018,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Tickets £8
Members/Concessions £6

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Experience an evening of classic poetry inspired by statues from the ancient world, alongside performances of specially commissioned new works by poets Laura Scott, Richard Scott and Keith Jarrett, in response to the Museum’s statues.

From John Keats’ poem inspired by the Parthenon sculptures to Daljit Nagra’s 2017 poetry book British Museum, the sculpture collection has long been a subject of inspiration to poets. This evening will explore the themes and ideas suggested by these works and the exhibition Rodin and the art of ancient Greece.

Presented in collaboration with The Poetry Society. Read more about the featured poets and commissioning process at poetrysociety.org.uk

Laura Scott is the winner of The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2015, awarded by The Poetry Society and The Poetry Review. Her poems have been widely published in magazines including The Poetry Review, Edinburgh Review, Magma, Rialto, Tate Etc and Envoi. Her pamphlet, What I Saw (Rialto, 2013), won the 2014 Michael Marks Award for a poetry pamphlet. She teaches at the University of East Anglia.

Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review, Poetry London and Swimmers. He has been a winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, a Jerwood/Arvon Poetry Mentee and a member of the Aldeburgh 8. His pamphlet Wound, published by Rialto, won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016. His debut collection Soho was published by Faber & Faber in 2018.

Keith Jarrett is a performance poet and fiction writer. He has written for various publications, including The Mechanics’ Institute Review 5, Tell Tales Vol. IV, Pulp Net and, most recently, Boys and Girls. He has written poetry in both English and Spanish. He’s a former London and UK Poetry Slam! Champion and his collection Selah was published by Burning Eye Books.

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