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Globe Road Festival

A four-day international poetry festival celebrating world poetry in east London. Globe Road looks to celebrate, share and develop the range of poetry represented locally through an innovative programme of engagement activities.

Globe Road Festival
  • School/Institute/Department: School of English and Drama, Centre for Poetry, Archive of the Now
  • Subjects: Poetry, English, Geography, Translation, Technology, Centre for Digital Music, Living British Cinema
  • Audience: General Public, community, school

The Globe Road Poetry festival celebrated and explored global poetry in east London across dual themes of translation and technology, taking place over five days in November 2015 in venues at Queen Mary University of London, the Idea Store in Whitechapel, the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Rich Mix.

The festival aimed to bring together people of all backgrounds to celebrate poetry in the East End, highlighting the diversity of local poets in a multitude of languages and styles and the international networks they represent, showcasing a wide range of poetic styles and traditions.

Events and activities ranged from hands-on experiments with poetry and technology to coding workshops for kids, as well as inclusive discussions and traditional performances. The festival also worked with groups from Tower Hamlets and Hackney schools to develop performance pieces performed at a 'Globe Road School Slam'.

25 poets were involved with collaborations with a range of partner organisations, including Apples and Snakes, Codasign, Ladies of the Press, Eastside Educational Trust, the Enemies Project, the Ministry of Stories, Pangaea Poetry, the Roundhouse, RichMix, the Shanghati Literary Society and Wasafiri magazine.  

The festival was documented in a variety of ways, including a tablecloth annotated by participants in the Long Table discussion, poetry receipts produced by the Ladies of the Press at the Poetry and Technology day, still photographs by two photographers (one professional and one student). 

Audio and video recordings will be posted to the Archive of the Now website, and represent an important continuing legacy of the festival with the potential to reach an international audience.

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