Press Release: 6 June 2008

If I could touch one percent of the hearts the Liverpool Poets have touched, I'd be doing alright. Lemn Sissay discusses the influence the Liverpool poets have had on his work.

On Thursday 26 June 2008, Lemn Sissay will discuss why he is ‘Under the Influence’ of poets, Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten - three poets who exploded onto the poetry and cultural scene back in 1967 with the publication of The Mersey Sound.
When Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Jones presented to the then 15-year-old Lemn Sissay a tatty copy of The Mersey Sound, she couldn’t have foretold how important it was going to be for him and the poetry world. Within its pages, he discovered that poetry could be by the people and for the people and encouraged him to discover his own unique voice – a voice that has made him one of today’s most dynamic poets.
Whether it’s the wit and economy of McGough, contemplative love of metaphor in Patten or the visuals of Henri, Sissay will explore what it is he admires so much and how this has manifested itself in his own work.
This event is part of the Poetry Society’s highly popular ‘Under the Influence’ series, where one poet looks at the influence another poet has had on their work. The series continues on 16 July with Yang Lian on Ezra Pound.
All ‘Under the Influence’ events will be taking place at the wonderfully atmospheric and historic Club Room at the Arts Theatre in London's West End.
All ‘Under the Influence’ events will be hosted by Anne-Marie Fyfe, Chair of the Poetry Society.
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Notes to Editors

  • All events are held in The Arts Theatre, 6/7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB. Tickets are £10 (£7 Poetry Society members and concessions).
  • All events start at 7pm
  • This event is supporting Liverpool 08, European Capital of Culture.

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