literature & poetry

National Poetry Library Lates: May

Our new series of late-night poetry salons continues with two of the most exciting poets writing in South Korea today, Kim Hyesoon and Don Mee Choi.

Poet, translator and playwright Sasha Dugdale chairs a conversation with Kim Hyesoon and Don Mee Choi alongside the readings.

Kim Hyesoon is one of the most prominent and influential contemporary poets of South Korea. She was the first woman poet to receive the prestigious Kim Su-yông and Midang awards. She lives in Seoul and teaches creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts.

Her most recent books in translation are I’m OK, I’m Pig! (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), Poor Love Machine (Action Books, 2016) and Autobiography of Death (New Directions, 2018).

Born in Seoul, Don Mee Choi is the author of The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010) and Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), among other publications. She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize, and recently was selected as an artist for the 2019 DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program. She has translated several collections of Kim Hyesoon’s poetry.

Taking place in our recently refurbished Hayward Gallery Cafe, an intimate space with views out over Waterloo Bridge, National Poetry Library Lates provides a platform for both emerging and established poets and spoken word artists.


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Hayward Gallery
Dan Graham Waterloo Sunset Pavilion


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+