Globe Road Poetry Festival | Inaugural reading: Linton Kwesi Johnson

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13 November 2015

Time: 8:00 - 10:00pm
Venue: The Octagon, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

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The Globe Road  Poetry Festival takes place on and around Queen Mary University of London’s Mile End Campus between 13 and 15 November 2015. The three day world poetry festival celebrates the diversity of local and global poetic traditions in London’s East End.

About this event

Linton Kwesi Johnson heads a bill of world-renowned poets to give Globe Road’s inaugural reading. Featuring Bangladesh’s premier English-language poet Kaiser Haq, emerging Somali-born Caasha Lul Mohamad Yusuf, and the distinguished Canadian poet M. NourbeSe Philip. Readings to be followed by a Q&A.

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  • Tickets to this event are £5 waged or £3 unwaged

About the festival


With readings by Linton Kwesi Johnson, Myung Mi Kim, Daljit Nagra, M. NourbeSe Philip and Caroline Bergvall, and a host of local and international poets, the festival will celebrate the diverse poetic traditions of the multicultural community of Tower Hamlets.

From the influential anti-fascist Basement Writers of the 1970s, to the hugely popular contemporary Bangla and slam poetry scenes, the borough has always been a crossroads of languages, cultures and literatures. Globe Road gathers poets and performers of all backgrounds to celebrate the stunning array of international poetry available on our doorstep.


Globe Road’s focus this year is Translation and Technology. The Festival will explore how translation and technology can both create and bridge divides, enable new forms of creativity and engage new audiences with traditional and experimental poetic forms.

Through a variety of performances, inclusive discussions, workshops, slams, exhibitions and other events, Globe Road aims to foster an atmosphere of interaction, dialogue and collaboration.