Wilton's

Presented by Poet in the City

6th November . 7.45pm (please note the change in start time) . 90 minutes, no interval
£10 - £15 full price, £8 - £13 concessions

Leave fascinated and terrified in equal measure. This night of discussion, live poetry, immersive audio from In the Dark Radio and Poe-inspired music from Kevin Le Gendre’s band REAP will steep you in the sublime poetry of a spectacular literary figure.  

The master of melodrama, mystery and macabre, the eerie Edgar Allan Poe has frightened and delighted since The Raven found an audience in the 1840s. Known primarily as the father of crime fiction, fans of his nightmarish poetry include Charles Baudelaire, Lou Reed and Tracy Emin.  

Speakers for the evening include: actor Paapa Essiedu; director and founder of the Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University Dr. Linnie Blake; BBC Radio 3 broadcaster, writer and music journalist Kevin Le Gendre and the musicians Beibei Wang, Mirayam Solomon and Roderick Corbeau. For the final twenty minutes of the evening, In the Dark Radio will plunge the audience into pitch black, so that you can feel the full effects of Poe’s icy poetry as it swirls around the atmospheric room of Wilton’s Music Hall turning it into a haunted palace.

Poet in the City provides a dynamic platform for contemporary and classic poetry, curating imaginative events which bring poetry to life for a twenty-first century audience. Through our work, we have fostered an appetite for accessible, challenging and inspiring poetry performances.
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