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Poetry East

When self- transcendence is consciously cultivated in poetry, in music, or in painting and sculpture, Art becomes a kind of spiritual discipline. - Sangharakshita


PoetryEast is an ongoing series of cultural events at the London buddhist Centre, hosted by Maitreyabandhu, exploring the meaning and value of the arts. Each event focuses on the life and work of a single guest artist, by way of an interview and a reading. Previous guests have included Michael Frayn, Don Patterson and Colm Tóibín. Our two featured writers this spring comclude a series of evenings in association witht he London Review of Books. For updates and news sign up to our mailing list and follow us on facebook

Aug 05

In the Absence of Absalon - Book Launch

Join Manjusiha (Simon Okotie) for the launch of In the Absence of Absalon, his new novel.
Sep 23

poetryEast with Hermione Lee on Penelope Fitzgerald

Hermione Lee will be discussing her biography of one of the finest British novelists of the last century.
Oct 30

poetryEast with Anthony Gormley

Antony Gormley is one of Britain’s most successful sculptors, perhaps best known for the ‘Angel of the North’ that stands outside Gateshead
Dec 02

poetryEast with Bernard O’Donoghue

Bernard O’Donoghue returns to poetryEast to talk about his new collection 'The Seasons of Cullen Church', shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot Prize.