Poet in the City

4th Oct 2018
14:00  - 17:30
Free. Drop-in
UCL Main Quad, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

As part of National Poetry Day, poet and former industrial archaeologist Jo Bell, and poet and playwright Yomi Sode will explore how our ideas of ourselves and our lives are shaped by the space around us.

Established in 1826, UCL has a long and varied history that is etched into its architecture. Many of the university’s spaces and buildings used today are named after academics and architects from the past.

Amongst these are the Galton Lecture Theatre, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the Pearson Building, named after eugenicists Francis Galton, Flinders Petrie and Karl Pearson. As well as making contributions to science, archaeology and statistics, in the nineteenth century these men helped develop and legitimise the science of improving human populations by selective breeding in the UK.

One brick at a time, Jo and Yomi will deconstruct the societal effects of architecture, and ask how important it is to decolonise our environments to create a safe space for all. They will be joined for an afternoon of live poetry performance and discussion by UCL poets Sharon Morris, Bridget Minamore, Eric Langley, Declan Ryan and Mark Ford.

Afternoon programme

14:00 - 15:00: Creating Community
In the spirit of community, come and join us in constructing our stage for today

14:30 - 16:00: Homegrown
UCL presents our exceptional homegrown poetry talent with performances from poets Sharon Morris, Bridget Minamore, Eric Langley, Declan Ryan and Mark Ford

16:00 - 17:30: Poet in the City and UCL present
Join poets Yomi Sode, Jo Bell and academic and curator Subhadra Das for live poetry performances and discussion uncovering the power dynamics and social history hidden in some of London and UCL's most beloved buildings

This free event is part of Poet in the City 2018.

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