poetry and freedom


Hi everybody, and thanks a million to the Poetry International team for inviting everyone listed in the sidebar to be bloggers in residence here. Blogs have played a powerful part in freedom of speech, thought and communication over the past ten years or so, and it’s great that the Southbank Centre has chosen to enact this Poetry International’s theme of freedom with a blog. (Centuries ago, they might have invited us to disseminate pamphlets on the street corners, like Daniel Defoe.)

I’ve been ruminating a little bit on the ideas this theme throws up, in advance of the main event, on my own blog Baroque in Hackney. Unfortunately the past couple of days’ news has given ample scope for reflection – even my own home borough of Hackney has retracted an invitation for Iain Sinclair to launch his new book at Stoke Newington Library, all because he dared to criticise the Olympics in print.

With any luck we’ll be able to spend the next week or so thinking more about poetry than politics, about celebration than protest, but whichever way it goes, it’s sure to be interesting, thought-provoking and fun.

I’m sorry to redirect you elsewhere for your reading, but this is a rushed first post just to say hello! I’m looking forward to it.

As they say in the movies: I’ll be back.

One Response to “poetry and freedom”

  1. Barbara S Says:

    Bugger. How I wished I lived in London right now! I hope to enjoy a flavour of the festival from the relative backwaters of my Irish PC screen instead! Anticipating lots of thought provoking stuff, and hoping to hear more about Mahmoud Darwish… amongst all the other poetati!

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