Introducing and protecting endangered languages through poetry

To mark National Poetry Day on 28 September, the National Poetry Library at Southbank Centre launched a major new project to collect and preserve poems in endangered languages, and commissioned four poets to write new poems in languages under threat or lost to them personally.

Endangered Languages Exhibition by Southbank Centre

According to UNESCO, of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world, over half of these are endangered with languages dying at the rate of one every two weeks. Their figures estimate that by the end of the century, half the world’s current languages will be lost which will also mean the loss of poetic traditions.

Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library believes it is vital to capture this poetic activity for future generations and which is why we've launched the Endangered Poetry project.

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