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London Poetry Festival
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A celebration of English Poetry and Poetre
London Poetry Festival is poised to celebrate its 5th year this year: August 7, 8, 9 & 10 at Waterloo St John's Church. 7:30-10:30 p.m with live poetry and musical performances.

The London Poetry Festival grew out of Poets' Letter Magazine Poetry Performance and Live Music Series that started in March 2005 at the Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden, one year later than the founding of Poets' Letter. Our Performance Series grew into its third year. We had the first Festival at The Poetry Cafe in August 2005 where many of our panel of poets took part as well as a lot of other poets published in the Magazine and Poets' Letter Poetry Anthology of New Voices. We had a great memorable event.

We thought this could become a regular Annual Poetry Festival in London, a celebration of Contemporary English Poetry. And there was the second Festival in 2006 at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) which was a resounding success. The festival in 2007, the third, celebrated in a four-day poetic feast: August 10, 11, 12 and 13th, Friday to Monday. 2nd London Poetry Festival was featured in British Satellite News Channel in 2006.

Five Poets in Residence at the 4th Festival 2008 are: Anjan Saha, Claire Askew, Catherine Brogan, Helen Long, Nnorom Azuonye and Sharon Harriott.

3rd Festival Residencies were offered to: Briony Dennis, Inua Ellams, Juli Jeana, Tom Chivers and Tricia Peak.

From the second Festival we developed Festival Poets in Residence Programme as part of London Poetry Festival's commitments to new, young and emerging poetic voices and offered five poets the Residencies who became the Signature presentations of the Festival. The Residencies of the 2nd Festival went to these talented poets: Alan Buckley, Dr Girija Emma Jane Shettar, Luke Wright, Malgorzata Kitowski and Philip Ruthen.

London Poetry Festival has never received, nor does it receive now, any funding from any public bodies or grant making foundations and is purely funded by Poets' Letter and the hard works, supports and contributions of the astonishing band of people: editors, poets, writers, singers, musicians, song writers, artists, PR professionals, journalists, dancers, librarians, youth workers, teachers, parents and simply people who are into living in a community that is bigger than themselves.

Sponsorship proposals are highly welcome and be treated as a great support.

London Poetry Festival is here and will continue to be here in its efforts to ensure that we make a lot of poetry and music out of our living to say, show, sing and celebrate the fact that we are humans and we are alive and thriving in the rainbow-humanity in this great city and country. This is an open invite to everyone to join us in the celebration.

London Poetry Festival Team

Sharon Harriott
Festival Public Relations Director

Claire Askew
Festival Residency and Education Director

Munayem Mayenin
Founder and Festival Director

London Poetry Festival
Where London and Life is the Elleesium

Contact: contact@londonpoetryfestival.com