National Poetry Day: Poetry Karaoke

1 October 2020, 7.15 PM - 1 October 2020, 8.15 PM

Craig Savage (Host); Dr Rebecca Hutcheon, Dr Reza Taher-Kermani, Mike Bettles (Panel)

Online via Zoom

The first Thursday of October marks National Poetry Day. As part of National Poetry Day celebrations, the Bristol Poetry Institute, in conjunction with Residential Life, invites you to take part in Poetry Karaoke. The event will comprise of a series of poetry readings from panel and audience members.

As with ordinary karaoke, poetry karaoke invites audience members up to the (virtual) stage to perform. Instead of singing, however, performers at poetry karaoke are asked to first briefly introduce a chosen poem, then read the poem aloud to a virtual audience.

The event will provide an informal, relaxed and welcoming space for readers and audience members to share in not just an hour of poetry, but an hour of poetry that means something to those in attendance.

Any choice of poem is welcome, whether the work of a published poet (of any standing), a spoken word poet, or a piece of your own poetry. We would also welcome poetry in any language. Those new to poetry but wanting to take part may wish to read one of the poems suggested by the National Poetry Day website.

The event is free but we ask that you register. Joining details, via the virtual platform Zoom, will be provided on registration.

In order to facilitate this event, we also ask that anyone wanting to read a poem please complete this form.

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