Poet and writer Josephine Hart launched the Poetry Hour at the British Library in January 2004. A novelist and poetry anthologist, Josephine presented great poetry read by great actors and, during these events, introduced the life and works of each poet in her belief that “we understand the work better when we understand something of the poet’s life.”
Josephine passed away suddenly in June 2011, yet one of her legacies was to celebrate the greatest poetry in the English language, including the works of Yeats, for whom she held a lifelong admiration.
For Yeats2015, the Josephine Hart Foundation, together with the British Library, will present a very special Josephine Hart Poetry Hour in honour of her much-loved WB Yeats.
The readers will be Lisa Dwan, Bob Geldof and Patrick Kennedy
The programme will be introduced by Roy Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History, Hertford College Oxford. A well-known critic, reviewer and broadcaster, he is the author of several books, including the authorised two-volume biography of W.B.Yeats. This was published as Volume. I: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914 (1997) which won the 1998 James Tait Black Prize for biography, and Volume II: The Arch-Poet, 1915-1939 (2003).
Book Tickets:from the British Library here.
Watch this video from the Poetry Hour homage to Josephine Hart on 18 September 2012 at the Irish College Paris.
Readers included Bob Geldof, Sinéad Cusack, Marianne Faithfull and Charlotte Rampling. A special occasion presented by poet and broadcaster Vincent Woods.