Surge: Side A was performed at the Roundhouse as part of The Last Word Festival 2017, investigating the New Cross Fire of 1981, a defining moment in Black British history that claimed thirteen lives. From the judges: “startling and fresh and unique... a moving and powerful struggle for validation in the Black British community, and the poet’s own clarification of identity. The performances are riveting and the poems are propelled by a strong internal momentum.”

Beacon of Hope

by Jay Bernard


The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote “a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry”.  Since then, it has grown into one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally.  Today it has more than 4000 members worldwide and publishes The Poetry Review.

With innovative education and commissioning programmes and a packed calendar of performances, readings and competitions, The Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages.

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