Renowned poets to perform at University centenary lecture series during UK Festival of the Humanities week

Swansea University’s centenary lecture series continues with a rare dynamic double-bill of two award-winning poets writing at the height of their powers.

Title: “An Evening of Poetry”

Speaker: Simon Armitage & Daljit Nagra

Date: Thursday 23rd November

Time: 7:30pm

Venue:Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University, SA1 8EN

Admission is free, but booking is required. Telephone: (01792) 604900 / 604999

Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra

As well as being two of the most exciting and relevant poets in the UK today, Simon Armitage, Oxford Professor of Poetry, and Daljit Nagra, Poet in Residence for Radio 4, are also experienced broadcasters whose work is widely studied in schools.

  • Daljit Nagra will read from his new collection British Museum - a book that asks profound questions of our ethics and responsibilities at a time of great challenge to our sense of national identity.
  • Simon Armitage will read from his latest collection The Unaccompanied, which documents a world on the brink.

Professor of Creativity at Swansea University, BAFTA Cymru award-winning writer and presenter of the centenary lecture series, Owen Sheers, said, “Simon Armitage and Dalit Nagra are two of the most perceptive, dynamic and entertaining voices in contemporary British poetry, so to be able to bring them together on the one stage in Swansea for a night is an enticing and exciting prospect.”

The event is part of this year’s Being Human Festival – the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Swansea University will once again feature as the only Welsh hub for the festival and will share with Nottingham the proud distinction of being named a festival hub for three consecutive years. The other festival hubs are Queen’s Belfast, Dundee & Glasgow.

 Being Human

The festival, now in its fourth year, is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. Our Welsh hub, 'Voices, Faces and Places', features creative and interactive activities on a diverse range of subjects.

With a theme of 'Lost & Found', this year's celebration of the humanities is taking place nationally from 17th – 25th November 2017. 

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