Wednesday 3 February 2016
A DAVID GASCOYNE CELEBRATION
The Poetry Library
Join us for a celebration of the centennial of enigmatic English poet David Gascoyne (1916 – 2001).
An overlooked, self-deprecating figure, who endured a series of incarcerations, he claimed to be ‘a poet who wrote himself out when young and then went mad’. But he went on to become a common denominator for surrealists, psychogeographers, existentialists, Francophiles, and more.
The Londonist‘s preferred London poet, Gascoyne is a kind of modern Blake, an urban mystic and perennial philosopher. Rebuffed by TS Eliot and the literary establishment of his day, his brilliant posthumous career is only just getting started.
With readings from MacGillivray, Niall McDevitt, Nick Papadimitriou, Jeremy Reed and Iain Sinclair.
The Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall
Admission is free but space is limited. To book your place email firstname.lastname@example.org