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Wednesday 3 February 2016
The Poetry Library

Join us for a celebration of the centennial of enigmatic English poet David Gascoyne (1916 – 2001).

An overlooked, self-deprecating figure, who endured a series of incarcerations, he claimed to be ‘a poet who wrote himself out when young and then went mad’. But he went on to become a common denominator for surrealists, psychogeographers, existentialists, Francophiles, and more.

The Londonist‘s preferred London poet, Gascoyne is a kind of modern Blake, an urban mystic and perennial philosopher. Rebuffed by TS Eliot and the literary establishment of his day, his brilliant posthumous career is only just getting started.

With readings from MacGillivray, Niall McDevitt, Nick Papadimitriou, Jeremy Reed and Iain Sinclair.

The Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall

Admission is free but space is limited. To book your place email specialedition@poetrylibrary.org.uk


59 Gayton Road
59 Gayton Road where David Gascoyne was born on 10 Oct 1916

About Niall McDevitt

Niall McDevitt > poet > author of b/w (Waterloo Press, 2010) and Porterloo (International Times, 2012) > urban explorer > radical pedestrian who leads Shakespeare/Blake/Rimbaud /Yeats walks, among others.
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