CONFESSIONS: Justice / Tower Of London

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I am The Tower of London's Poet in Residence and throughout the year, I will be curating: CONFESSIONS — a new strand of performances designed for adult audiences. For each show, key themes are pulled out of events that occurred in the Tower’s 1,000 year history and contemporary poets and performers will create new pieces of in response. This is an opportunity to showcase stories and characters from history, to reframe and examine common, human themes that still resonate today.

This event’s theme is Justice and will feature newly commissioned and a selection of older pieces of work from: Hannah Lowe, Chibundu Onuzo, Richard Scott and myself.

Hannah Lowe is a poet and researcher. Her first poetry collection Chick (Bloodaxe, 2013) won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection. She has also published three chapbooks:  The Hitcher (Rialto 2012); R x (sine wave peak) 2013); and Ormonde (Hercules Editions 2014) and a family memoir Long Time No See (Periscope, 2015). She teaches Creative Writing at Brunel University and is the current poet in residence at Keats House.


Chibundu Onuzo is the author of two novels, The Spider King’s Daughter (2012) and Welcome to Lagos (2017) She has won a Betty Trask Award and been nominated for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Encore Award.


Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His pamphlet 'Wound' (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem 'crocodile' won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. Soho (Faber & Faber) is his first book.


Venue: Tower of London
Time: 7:15pm
Address: Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB
Tickets: £10 Buy Here.

Seamus Heaney X Royal Society Of Literature X National Portrait Gallery

In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1995, Seamus Heaney said, ‘I credit poetry because credit is due to it, in our time and in all time, for its truth to life, in every sense of that phrase.’  Five years after his death, we celebrate the lasting power of Heaney’s verse, his ability to ‘credit marvels’, and his enduring presence in the work of poets writing now.

I will be reading and reflecting on Seamus along side Sinéad Morrissey & Andre O'Hagan.

Sinéad Morrissey has published six books of poetry and was Belfast’s inaugural Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2014. She was Assistant Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast, and is now Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

Andrew O’Hagan, prize-winning novelist, contributing editor to the London Review of Books and Granta magazine, and friend of Seamus Heaney, chairs the evening’s readings and celebrations.


Venue: Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Time: 7pm
Address: National Portrait Galler
Tickets: £10/£8 Concessions / buy Here