The European Poetry Festival : London - April 5th to April 14th 2018

Presented by Writers' Centre Kingston, Kingston University, The Enemies Project, Austrian Cultural Forum London, Institut Francais, Letterenfonds (Holland) and more. Curated by SJ Fowler.

40 poets - 10 days - 7 events in London

The European Poetry Festival 2018 brings together some of the finest literary and avant-garde poets of this generation to London to collaborate, perform and share the brilliance of contemporary cutting edge poetry so rarely seen in the city.

The EPF is about innovation, collaboration and crossing borders - all the more because the project is based in the UK, it is vital we show our European character, our immense passion for the poets of Europe.

The festival begins with an opening night at The Rose theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames, the closing event of Writers' Centre Kingston annual programme before moving to Rich Mix in Brick Lane for the European Camarade, presenting a dozen brand new collaborations for performance between pairs of visiting and local European poets. The festival then presents multiple individual events, each themed to a nation or practise or concept throughout the week of April 9th, before culminating in a final event again at Rich Mix, with a Lithuanian poetry performance celebration - one of the nation's of focus at the London Book Fair in 2018. 

Confirmed poets for 2018 include Pierre Alferi, Alessandro Burbank, Agnieszka Studzinka, Livia Franchini, Erik Lindner, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Theodoros Chiotis, Daniele Pantano and more.

The European Poetry Festival continues a tradition of European poetry themed avant garde collaboration events curated by SJ Fowler over the last number of years. These include memorable European Poetry Nights in London 2017, 2016, 2015, Norwich in 2017 and UNESCO's EPN in Edinburgh 2015 & 2016. Thanks to the over 100 poets and many dozens of institutions who have supported EPN since 2015.

Visit to discover more and watch the many dozens of performances.