Simon Armitage reading poetry
Simon Armitage reading poetry © Jonty Wilde ©

© Jonty Wilde

World Poetry Summit at Poetry Parnassus

Southbank Centre, together with artist in residence, Simon Armitage, invited poets from all 204 participating Olympic nations to take part in the Poetry Parnassus festival of readings, performance and debate during the London 2012 Festival. Poetry Parnassus attracted an audience of over 13,000 people.

British Council helped to identify the poets, and brought together leading festival directors, arts programmers, translators, academics, educators, publishers and editors for the first time, for the World Poetry Summit, a one-day conference during the Poetry Parnassus Festival at the Southbank Centre.

There were 34 speakers who represented 22 countries and an audience of 300. Discussion challenged thinking around Poetry, raising questions for writers and audiences alike.

The World Poetry Summit at Poetry Parnassus formed part of the London 2012 Festival and was delivered in partnership by the British Council and the Southbank Centre.