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Thanks for a great festival response

November 19, 2008

A big thank you to all the bloggers in residence, and those who read and commented, for your responses to Poetry International – creative, critical and thought-provoking. We hope you enjoyed participating. The site will stay live for now, but if you’d like to stay in touch with more current literature and spoken word events at Southbank Centre, please join our community at Facebook.

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Comment from the Poetry International blog lounge

October 31, 2008

The following is a comment left by a member of the public on a comment card in the Poetry International blog lounge, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Any comments posted there will also be added online, to include the audience voice on our blog.

Zbigniew Herbert
“Thank you for this celebration of Herbert. It was good to have his poems read in Polish and the perspective of a younger person. The star of the evening was Nick Laird. He read the poems so well (impressively loud and slow enough to let the meaning sink in). Like him I went to Poland in 1961 – what a world away; oppressed and raped of their prosperity even food by the USSR and yet full of great conversations. Lastly it was wonderful to have the clips of him reciting his verse.”

Comments from the blog lounge

October 29, 2008

The following is a comment left by a member of the public on a comment card in the Poetry International blog lounge, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Any comments posted there will also be added online, to include the audience voice on our blog.

28 October: “I thoroughly enjoyed the audience with Toni Morrison & the Africa Beyond just completed the evening. I will definitely be going to Zena Edwards’ show; What an engaging and talented line-up! A highly memorable evening. (Extra special thanks to Bonnie Greer & Co)”

Comments from the general public

October 27, 2008

The following are comments left by members of the public on comment cards in the Poetry International blog lounge, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Any comments posted there will also be added online, to include the audience voice on our blog.

24 October: “Please will you congratulate and thank Gizella and everyone who took part in Friday’s event. I saw a good deal of it and Helen saw nearly all. Really it was most inspiring and heartening – just the sort of response we hope for and a real extension of the effect of the poems themselves. Altogether, a great achievement. Good luck to all of you in such important work.” David and Helen Constantine, Editors, Modern Poetry In Translation

25 October: “Fantastic programme – wished it could have gone on twice as long.”

26 October: “TSE Lecture. Nice to hear Donaghy’s poetry and its relation to Wilbur et al – but why on earth no questions/answers?”

Response from the general public to the Poetry International Opener, 24 October

October 25, 2008

The following are comments left by members of the public on comment cards in the Poetry International blog lounge, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Any comments posted there will also be added online, to include the audience voice on our blog.

“Mum found out about it in the Guardian. It was terrific. Well done.”

“Unbelievable! I was in tears throughout. – the ideas; the delivery; the mix of ages, cultures, media. And this is London, with its white and middle class audience. You can blow apart the expected and the stereotypes. Thank you, and more, more, more please.”

“Mixing Palestinian music with flamenco beats doesn’t really make it Palestinian!!!”