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The Moon in Poetry | Sunday 21 July | Tramshed, Woolwich


The Moon in Poetry
๐“๐ซ๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐, ๐—ช๐จ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฐ๐ข๐œ๐ก

๐’๐ฎ๐ง๐๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— | ๐Ÿ’๐ฉ๐ฆ – ๐Ÿ“๐ฉ๐ฆ

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An unmissable hour of old and new moon themed poems


From Sappho to Li Bai, P.B. Shelley to Federico Garcรญa Lorca, Warsan Shire to Alice Oswald, the moon looms large in poetic traditions across the world.


To mark the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing and the first ever Moon Festival, ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐จ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐’๐จ๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ continues that tradition, presenting a host of new poems written specially for this occasion. These new works delve into the histories, myths, and mysteries of the moon inviting us to sigh, wonder and look up. Theyโ€™ve been written by The Poetry Society’s members and Young Poets Networkers in response to writing challenges judged by poets Kit Fan and Nii Ayikwei Parkes. Tonight, they will be performed alongside much-loved classic lunar poems.


Hosted by Helen Bowell and Julia Bird.ย 



Tramshed, 51-53 Woolwich New Road, Woolwich, London SE18 6ES



How to get there:

Boat: MBNA Thames Clippers Royal Arsenal Pier

Train: Woolwich Arsenal
DLR: Woolwich Arsenal Docklands Light Railway

The main bus stops in Woolwich are located on or very near General Gordon Square โ€“ Thomas Street/Greenโ€™s End and Woolwich Arsenal Station.

Bus routes include
: 51, 53, 54, 96, 99, 122, 161, 177, 178, 180, 244, 291, 380, 386, 422, 469, 472.

For local bus services and timetables visit or call the New Travel Information Call Centre on 0843 222 1234


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What is Moon Festival?

Moon Festival celebrates people’s relationship with the Moon and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first Moon Landing. From astrophysics to mythology, politics to poetry, Moon Festival draws on our eternal curiosity for the Moon to bring people together for a week of events in July 2019.