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Poet laureate praises Sydenham Arts Festival lineup

PUBLISHED: 15:15 20 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:15 20 June 2016

Vocal artist Randolph Matthews

Vocal artist Randolph Matthews


Poetry events are set to take place all over Sydenham

POET laureate Sir Andrew Motion has praised the lineup of talent at 2016’s Sydenham Arts Festival.

Blake Morrison, Kayo Chingonyi, Hannah Lowe and Bridget Minamore are among the poets who will be participating at this year’s Poetry Town event.

Highlights will include An Evening With Ken Miller and Mona Arshi, scheduled to open the festival on July 1.

Sir Andrew said: “Sydenham Arts Festival is exemplary: packed with high-quality speakers from elsewhere, but also fully alive to and supportive of things growing close to home.

“It means that imaginable adventures can combine with imaginative confirmations - just as they should. Long may it flourish.”

Sir Andrew and Benjamin Zephaniah were among the first leading poets to speak at the festival, in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

Poetry Town began in 2015 with a weekly poem at Kirkdale Bookshop and has since grown into a partnership with Sydenham Arts due to popular demand.

Weekly poems will be displayed at locations across SE26, including doctors’ surgeries, cafes, banks, bus stops and stations.

There are also plans to create the very first Sydenham Community Poem at this year’s festival.

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