literature & poetry

National Poetry Library Lates: November

Hear poets Mimi Khalvati and Aria Aber in our latest series of late-night salons.

National Poetry Library Lates provides a platform for both emerging and established poets and spoken word artists.

This autumn edition of National Poetry Library Lates takes place in the intimate and relaxed atmosphere of Southbank Centre’s recently refurbished Hayward Gallery Cafe.


Mimi Khalvati has published nine collections with Carcanet Press, including Child: New and Selected Poems and The Meanest Flower, which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. She founded The Poetry School, received a Cholmondeley Award and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Her new collection of sonnets Afterwardness is a PBS Winter Wild Card and will be released at the end of October.

Aria Aber was raised in Germany, where she was born to Afghan refugees. Her debut book Hard Damage (University of Nebraska Press), published in September, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Kenyon Reviewand other publications.

Aber holds awards and fellowships from Kundiman, Dickinson House and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, where she was the 2018 – 2019 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow. She is currently based in Berlin and is at work on her second book.

Dates & times

20 Nov 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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Hayward Gallery
Dan Graham Waterloo Sunset Pavilion


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

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