Join in the beddazling balladry at the London Lines festival this weekend where you’ll be inspired by the poetry scattered about the Southbank Centre site, and can pen your own poesy to feature in a giant walk-through installation.
A platform to celebrate the city’s diverse talent, London Lines will dedicate poetry to each of the capital’s 33 boroughs, and will feature an array of wonderful wordsmiths, from the skilled 26-year-old Kayo Chingonyi to the experienced 81-year-old Alan Brownjohn, well known names Iain Sinclair and Jo Shapcott, and rising stars Warsan Shire and Inua Ellams.
On Saturday the public are invited to pop on their composing caps, pen down ideas and contribute to one of the 22 poems that will be written over the course of the weekend. These lyrical snippets will be used by the festival poets to create eloquent verse which will, in turn, be transformed by design duo Cabinet of Curiosity into a giant 3D map of London. You can even tweet in your ideas and watch them inspire the masses on a giant screen at the Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom.
So strut your stanzas and keep your eyes peeled for poetic gems – there are some surprising songs tucked about the Cherry Berry Company fruit stalls and postcards of poesy are hidden away in the books of the Saison Poetry Library, as well as an array of literary prose projected on the building’s walls, marked into murals and presented as part of imaginative installations. Kitty Knowles
Installations and activities will run all weekend across the Southbank Centre site. The walk-through 3-D map of the city will open on Sunday at the Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom. Tweet your contribution to @litsouthbank and @JaybirdLiveLit with #londonlines.