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Imagining peace—Poetry International 2010 preview

By Jessica Holland  

Fiona Sampson

Britain has something to learn from the Arab world when it comes to appreciating our poets. This was the view of writer Fiona Sampson when I spoke to her in the run-up to Poetry International 2010, the Southbank Centre’s biennial festival that’s been running since 1967, when Ted Hughes was curator and Allen Ginsberg nearly set the place on fire with incense sticks.

The cold war was the political backdrop to that first…

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