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To mark the centenary of the birth of W. S. Graham, Southbank Centre's National Poetry Library presents a new exhibition exploring the impact of this major Twentieth Century poet and the idea of space on the creative mind. Graham, who asked in one of his poems, 'What is the language using us for?', was prescient in writing about the extent to which communications would dominate our lives. Alongside manuscript copies of his poems, the exhibition will include Graham's original writing desk which he named his 'Untidy Dreadful Table' and his library as part of a reconstruction of Graham's writing space in the National Poetry Library. Graham's poems and archive allow the viewer to reflect on what makes a space 'creative', and how these spaces shape our creativity; visitors are encouraged to interact creatively with the materials on display, produce their own contributions and participate in constructing this space.BFREEd◄ 2
- 2 x Adult: Free
- 0 x Child: Free
- 0 x OAP: Free