Ben Okri and special guests for an evening of poetry and protest.
On the evening of 11th July at Conway Hall in central London a special event is planned to celebrate Booker Prize winner Ben Okri’s new book Rise Like Lions: Poetry for the Many, a new collection for which he has selected 100 poems from around the world that celebrate the many voices of politics, from polemics to meditations, from Shakespeare to Bob Marley. Many of these poems have resonated with readers over lifetimes and through generations, from William Blake to Marvin Gaye. In exploring the impact political poems have on ideas, vision, protest, change and truth, Okri demonstrates how the need for this strand of poetry is as great as it has ever been, and its inspiration just as powerful.
‘Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few.’
P B Shelley