Poetry and Lyrics

A festival about the love story between poetry and music from Poet in the City

Friday 8th June 2018 - Saturday 9th June 2018

Poetry & Lyrics festival is back at King’s Place for its third year. Over a weekend in June, musicians and poets spanning genres from classical and folk to contemporary, world and hip hop come together for a programme of concerts, live music, talks, workshops and readings.

This year is a celebration of how poetry and lyrics have articulated great moments of change throughout history. Discover the legacy of famous classic poets on composers and songwriters, experience pioneering new poetry commissions, and hear the work of Emily Dickinson sung by acclaimed soprano Claire Booth. 

Don’t miss Cerys Matthews and Friends on Friday 8 June, where the award-winning musician presents an evening dedicated to remembering the key moments of social and political change throughout history, as narrated by poetry and music. Expect dinner table worthy tales, spell-binding poetry performances and a host of special guests.

On Sat 9 June, Poet in the City joins forces with poet and playwright Inua Ellams for a Rhythm And Poetry Party. What might eloquent voices from contemporary poetry and spoken word movements have to say about Kanye West’s iconic album The College Dropout? Find out at this nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, straight-up evening listening and dancing to The College Dropout and 13 brand-new commissioned poems inspired by one of hip hop’s most unforgettable albums.

Poetry and Lyrics takes place in King’s Place on York Way on Friday 8 & Saturday 9 June. See the full schedule and book your tickets here.

  • Location

    King’s Place
    90 York Way
    London
    N1C 9AG

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