Follow in the footsteps of Byron, Shelley, Milton, and Marvell! Come and perform your poems at the Poets’ Church! Bring poems on the theme of ‘Poems not Bombs’ – or just bring your lovely poems – to our poetry open mic. Sign up 6.30pm to 7pm to read. Free and everyone very welcome. Donations for wine.
+ special guests reading poems in English and in the translated version: Sonia Jarema (Ukranian), Alice Hsieh (Portuguese), Mohib Khurram (Urdu), and Jyoti Bachani (Urdu & Hindi).
St Giles-in-the-Fields, is known as ‘The Poets’ Church’. Poet John Milton’s daughter Mary was baptised in the Gothic brick building in 1647. Two memorials inside the church commemorate George Chapman, the translator of Homer (buried outside) and politician and poet Andrew Marvell. The children of the poets Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley (the author of Frankenstein) were also baptised here.
Just a very short walk from Tottenham Court Road tube:
- Take EXIT 4 (Charing Cross Road)
- Follow the pedestrian signs and after a few yards cross at the traffic lights
- Turn left
- At the traffic lights, cross the road and head for Denmark Street – just a few yards ahead
- Go up Denmark Street – the church is at the end of it, on the right