Renowned poets to perform at University centenary lecture series during UK Festival of the Humanities week

Swansea University’s centenary lecture series continues on the evening of Thursday 23rd November with a rare dynamic double-bill of two award-winning poets writing at the height of their powers

ArmitageNagraAs well as being two of the most exciting and relevant poets in the UK today, Simon Armitage, Oxford Professor of Poetry, and Daljit Nagra, Poet in Residence for Radio 4, are also experienced broadcasters whose work is widely studied in schools. 

Daljit Nagra will read from his new collection British Museum - a book that asks profound questions of our ethics and responsibilities at a time of great challenge to our sense of national identity. Simon Armitage will read from his latest collection The Unaccompanied, which documents a world on the brink.

Professor of Creativity at Swansea University and BAFTA Cymru award-winning writer Owen Sheers curates and presents the centenary lecture series. Owen said, 'Simon Armitage and Dalit Nagra are two of the most perceptive, dynamic and entertaining voices in contemporary British poetry, so to be able to bring them together on the one stage in Swansea for a night is an enticing and exciting prospect.’

A discussion and Q&A will follow the reading after which both poets will sign copies of their books. 
The Swansea University Centenary Lectures are kindly sponsored by Swansea Building Society.


Thursday 23rd November – 7:30pm
Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University SA1 8EN
Tickets – FREE but booking required
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Festival of Humanities advThe event is free and open to all as part of this year’s Being Human Festival – the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Swansea University will once again feature as the only Welsh hub for the festival and will share with Nottingham the proud distinction of being named a festival hub for three consecutive years. The other festival hubs are Queen’s Belfast, Dundee & Glasgow.

With a theme of 'Lost & Found', this year's celebration of the humanities is taking place nationally from 17th – 25th November 2017.

The festival, now in its fourth year, is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. 

Our Welsh hub, 'Voices, Faces and Places', features creative and interactive activities on a diverse range of subjects. For more information please visit