Globe Road Poetry Festival | Poetry, Artificial Intelligence and Computational Creativity

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14 November 2015

Time: 12:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: The Octagon, Queens' Building, Mile End Campus, 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

Artificial poetry generators and real-life poets go head to head to answer the question: What is creativity? 

The event features performances, discussions, and a live interactive experiment in which the audience works with electronic poetry generators and their organic counterparts to create new, cyborg poetry. The event also includes live telephonic performances from poets in Bangladesh curated by Pangaea Poets, and will be live blogged by the Ladies of the Press.


  • 12pm - 2pm: Exhibition with poetry 'bots' installed around the venue
  • 2pm - 3pm: Poetry performances paired with presentations by creators of poetry bots that use similar methods of production
  • 3.15pm - 4.30pm: Creativity experiment in which audience contributions will be fed into QMUL’s Concept Discovery Model to generate metaphors, poetry and conceptual phrases, followed by a discussion of creativity models with Shama Rahman, Theo Chiotis, Andra Simons, Hannah Silva and Ross Sutherland

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  • This is a free, public event, but advance booking is essential

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.