One of my favourite parts of living in London is just how many incredible cultural events there are – and also how so many are free! Free, Free, Free! It’s insane how many are free. You thought being cultural was elitist and expensive, you’re just not going to the right events [or you don’t like poetry].
Here’s five free events in London that I’m super keen on [and probably going to] November 2018:
November 10, 2018
Rich Mix, London
Come and celebrate the launch of SJ Fowler and James Caley’s publications with live poetry performances (and video poetry – this shit’s avant) featuring new works by Susanna Crossman, Nathan Walker, Sarah Dawson, Peter Surkov, Ryan Mihaly, Karolina Zapal, Martin Wakefield, Arturo Desimone, Alban Low, Kevin Acott, Dovydas Laurinaitis, James Caley, and Abi Palmer.
Don’t know who any of those people are? Who cares! It’s free, and you’ll find out when you get there.
November 13, 2018
6pm to 8pm
Senate House, University of London
Being Human Festival 2018, a national festival promoting public engagement with the humanities organized by the School of Advanced Study, is celebrating their launch with a showcase of the performances, workshops, and music, that will be happening throughout the festival. Some featured projects include “A Bloody Good Show! Adventures in Menstruating”, “Living Zoroastrianism”, and “Weaving Womens’ Stories”, as well as music and mingling.
And all free! Make sure to book your ticket by emailing email@example.com.
Check out the whole festival line-up going on Nov 15-24th; it looks amazing!
November 22, 2018
Romanian Embassy, 1 Belgravia Square
As part of the Romanian History Film Festival, a number of free film screenings with Q&A sessions with their directors, will be hosted by the Romanian Embassy. Apostle Bologa (2018, Dominic Dembinski) tells the story of the First World War through the eyes of an Austro-Hungarian army officer, asking the fundamental question – why does a man fight? Dominic Dembinski will answer questions afterwards.
Don’t worry, all the films will have English subtitles! Check out the full line-up, and remember to book your FREE ticket.
November 26, 2018
This is one of my monthly favs, and yes, it happens every month! A free literary salon hosted by the amazing Sophia Blackwell, a spoken word poet and board member of Poetry London. This month features Jacqueline Saphra (brilliant poet whose latest collection All My Mad Mothers was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize) and Miriam Nash (award winning poet who has performed all over the world).
Be sure to book your ticket, and also join Sophia’s emailing list to find out about future Below Stairs events.
November 29, 2018
Exmouth Market Centre
Magma Poetry – an established magazine publishing great contemporary poetry – celebrates their 72nd issue on climate change. Editors of the magazine Eileen Pun, Matt Howard, & Fiona Moore will be there with lots and lots of readings! 10 of the poets in the issue, as well as features by Leo Boix, Jemma Borg, Maya Chowdhry, Jen Hadfield, and Mario Petrucci.
Lots and lots of poetry, and all free! It’s sure to be a great evening.
If you want someone to go with, or you have a free event coming up – email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.