David Gascoyne Centenary

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David Gascoyne’s Centenary (1916-2001)


Wednesday 3 February 2016
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  specialedition@poetrylibrary.org.uk

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