Poetry Internaitonal Festival (MENA Focus)

Poetry International Festival (MENA Focus): The Southbank Centre’s biennial festival, founded by Ted Hughes in 1967, returns with talks, readings and innovative live performances, with a packed line-up featuring music, translation, new commissions and free events. Poets meet, debate and offer their perspectives on a changing world. This year's festival includes a special focus on poets and poetry from the Middle East, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Kurdistan, Iran, the Palestinian Territories and Syria – powerfully demonstrating poetry's enduring ability to anticipate and envision change and transcend barriers of censorship, prejudice and conflict. Look out for Reem Kelani, Rafeef Ziadah, Choman Hardi and Ghareeb Iskander as they take part on 24 July, 2015 at the Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX​.