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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

Jan 19

poetryEast with Jane Yeh

An ongoing series of cultural events exploring the meaning and value of the arts. This time Maitreyabandhu interviews the poet Jane Yeh.
Feb 16

poetryEast: The Man with the Blue Guitar

A prolonged meditation on art and transformation, Wallace Stevens’ The Man with the Blue Guitar mixes a hypnotic soundscape with a cry for directly-felt human meaning. Join us for an evening of jazz, song and close-readings of this epic poem.
Mar 16

poetryEast with Owen Sheers

An ongoing series of cultural events exploring the meaning and value of the arts. This time Maitreyabandhu interviews the poet and playwright Owen Sheers.