literature & poetry

A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller

Poet Jacqueline Saphra reflects on photos of, and by, the photographer, model and war journalist Lee Miller.

A Bargain with the Light is a sonnet sequence based on images of and by photographer Lee Miller.

Born in 1907, Miller survived childhood trauma to become first a model and then a photographer, living at the centre of the artistic community in Paris in the 1920s.

She became Vogue’s war correspondent during World War II and was famously photographed in Hitler’s bathtub on the day he died.

Hear some historical background on Miller and the time in which she lived before Saphra reads the entire sequence, accompanied by projections of the images, followed by a Q&A session.

Dates & times

2 Oct 2019
Approximate run time: 75 mins
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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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