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St Paul’s and the Living Poem - evening of verse comes to the Cathedral

One of the UK’s leading contemporary poets will discuss her time looking into the rich archives of St Paul's and read new verse based on what she has discovered.

Scottish poet Imtiaz Dharker, is one of seven poets who has taken part in Through the Door, an exciting venture which has seen poetry commissioned out of a variety of London archives.

Funded by Arts Council England and in collaboration with Archives for London and Poet in the City, the work at St Paul’s has seen Imtiaz investigate themes that inspire and challenge her and pen unique poetry reflecting what she has discovered.

To celebrate this creative collaboration, the Cathedral will host a poetry reading evening at which these beautiful poems being read by Imtiaz herself in the atmospheric environment of the Cathedral crypt. The evening will also include talks from Canon Chancellor Mark Oakley, Cathedral Archivist Sarah Radford, and Poet in the City project manager Gabby Meadows.

Monday 29 September
7pm (6.30pm doors)
Wren Suite, Cathedral crypt

Attendees will be able to view a small display of archive material before the event begins, and after the readings will be welcome to stay for a drinks reception.

Born in Pakistan and brought up in Glasgow, Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and filmmaker who has written five books of poetry and whose work features in the British AQA GCSE English syllabus. She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2011 and in 2012 was a Parnassus Poet at the Festival of the World.

The other archives taking part in the project are the British Library, Royal College of Surgeons, The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Imperial College London, Tower Hamlets Archives, and Hackney Archives.

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