The Mighty Stream – Poems in celebration of Martin Luther King

Date(s) - 11/11/2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Newcastle University Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

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Anthology Launch: £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University Students

About The Mighty Stream – Poems in celebration of Martin Luther King

BBC Radio 3 Discussion
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Anthology Launch
£6/£4 (concessions)/£2 Newcastle University Students

It is 50 years since Newcastle University awarded an honorary degree to Dr Martin Luther King Jr on 13 November 1967. During the ceremony Dr King gave an electrifying extemporaneous address in which he said: ‘There are three urgent and indeed great problems that we face today…That is the problem of racism, the problem of poverty and the problem of war.’

In the spirit of Dr King and his work as a humanitarian and activist, NCLA in partnership with Bloodaxe Books is pleased to launch The Mighty Stream: Poems in Celebration of Martin Luther King (Bloodaxe and Newcastle University, 2017), edited by Newcastle University Professor of Poetry and Scots Makar Jackie Kay, and Carolyn Forché, Director of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University, Washington.

This ground-breaking anthology brings together poems that offer powerful testimonies to the urgent issues Dr King defines and represents the polyphony of voices that speak in resistance to our continuing problems of racism, poverty and war. Featuring poems by Claudia Rankine, Grace Nichols, Yusef Komunyakaa, Kayo Chingonyi, Rita Dove, Daljit Nagra, Patricia Smith, Jericho Brown, Cornelius Eady, Toi Derricotte, Vahni Capildeo, Elizabeth Alexander, Ishion Hutchinson, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Terrance Hayes and many others.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, the launch event will consist of a BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival discussion, followed by the anthology launch with readings from poets from both sides of the Atlantic featured in the anthology, including Fred D’Aguiar, Kwame Dawes, Imtiaz Dharker, Sarah Howe, Major Jackson and Jackie Kay.