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Rhyme and Reason

Southwark Libraries' very own poetry festival is will be coming your way this February. Look out for leaflets and further information in libraries and online. Some books to get you in the lyrical mood, with accompanying events, are highlighted below.


by Roger McGough
With plenty of characteristic wit and wordplay, but a stronger strain of melancholy than previous work, McGough's writing is as fluent and inventive as ever.

Join Roger McGough at Canada Water Library on Friday 6 February 2015, 7pm to 8pm. Book your places by emailing: southwark.libraries@southwark.gov.uk



by Jackie Kay
A vivid description of the many paths our lives take, and of how those journeys are made meaningful by our companions on the road. Fiere is musical, moving, funny and profound.

Join Jackie Kay at Canada Water Library on Wednesday 18 Wednesday 2015, 7pm to 8.30pm. Book your places by emailing: southwark.libraries@southwark.gov.uk


by Patience Agbabi
A glorious poetic take on all things black, white and read. Capturing moments of her own life in perfect snapshot, Agbabi's verse is sublimely lyrical and spiked with gleeful humour.

Join Patience Agbabi at John Harvard Library on Thursday 12 February 2015, 7.30pm to 9pm. Book your places by emailing: southwark.libraries@southwark.gov.uk


by Neal Zetter
Enter Neal Zetter's wacky wordy world and you will be hooked! Fun-packed and entertaining, discover the hilarious poems and accompanying comic illustrations.

Join Neal Zetter and Adisa the Verbalizer at Dulwich Library on Saturday 7 February 2015, 2pm to 3.30pm. Book your places by emailing: southwark.libraries@southwark.gov.uk


by Adisa the Verbaliser
Bringing together a mesmerising collection of poems to inspire children from Adisa, who says that poetry should be read, sung and rapped from every corner of the globe.

Join Neal Zetter and Adisa the Verbalizer at Dulwich Library on Saturday 7 February 2015, 2pm to 3.30pm. Book your places by emailing: southwark.libraries@southwark.gov.uk


by Roald Dahl
Fairytales as you've never seen them before! Gruesome and grisly, dastardly and daring, these Revolting Rhymes turn familiar stories topsy-turvy.

Visit your local library on Tuesday 17 February for Revolting Rhymes Day. Event times vary so please contact your local library for details.


by selected poets
This collection is intended to be an introduction to the great wealth of First World War Poetry, drawn from a number of sources, mixing both well-known and less familiar poetry.

Visit Dulwich library on Tuesday 10 February, 2pm to 3.30pm for "The Poetry is in the pity : the poetry and art of World War I ". No advance booking required.