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TfL brings live poetry readings to Covent Garden station

  • June 6, 2024
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TfL brings live poetry readings to Covent Garden station

TfL brought live poetry readings to Covent Garden station on Monday, 3rd June, to mark six new poems to be featured on Underground, Overground and Elizabeth line trains this summer. Writer and poet, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, will read his poem, ‘By Yourself Boy… (1988-2007)’ and Imtiaz Dharker, co-director of Poems on the Underground will read her poem, ‘Carving’ at 11:30 outside the front of the station.

Parkes’ poem is one of six poems selected by Poems on the Underground for this summer.

Later this month, trains on the Tube, Overground and Elizabeth line networks will feature a new selection of works with Poems on the Underground. The 117th collection of poems to be published explores themes of music and seasons – reflecting the diversity of human experience. A poem from the 13th century sits alongside more contemporary poems from Azita Ghahreman, Benjamin Zephaniah, and Don Paterson.

“Poems on the Underground has delighted millions of commuters, tourists and Londoners since the first posters appeared on the London Underground in 1986,” TfL says. “In February, the archive of Poems on the Underground, which includes posters, eclectic memorabilia and letters from poets over the past century, was donated to Cambridge University Library, home to the archives of Siegfried Sassoon, Anne Stevenson and other renowned poets.”

An archive of the featured works for Poems on the Underground can be found at the Index of Poets – Poems on the Underground

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