Where: Outside the Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
£: Free (suitable for all ages)
What is it?
Staffed by a rotating cast of the UK’s finest poets, The Poetry Takeaway is a former burger van refurbished and transformed into is the world’s first mobile poetry emporium. Serving up free, bespoke and made to measure verse in less than 10 minutes, all orders include a one-on-one performance as well as a handwritten serving in exclusive branded packing (…open or wrapped).
Designed to cater for the individual palate, The Poetry Takeaway invites participating audience members to discuss their order with a dedicated ‘Poetry Chef’, who will then retire to the kitchen to cook up a bespoke literary speciality, based on likes, dislikes and loves of each participant.
It will be opening for business for a week of zero-calorie literary nourishment as part of the Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus – billed as the world’s largest ever poetry festival.
Poetry chefs so far confirmed include John Osborne (Radio 4’s John Peel’s Shed), Hannah Walker (Fringe First award-winning 2011 The Oh F*ck Moment), Ross Sutherland (Radio 3’s The Verb), Dan Cockrill and Rob Auton (Channel 4’s Bang Said The Gun) – plus a selection of foreign language poets from across the globe in guest spots throughout the week.