Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene is the great epic poem of Elizabethan England (and the thrill of many English graduates studying Elizabethan literature); it reveals both the spiritual energy and the dark intolerance of Spenser's era.
Tonight, the poem will be picked over by a host of intellectuals (including David Fuller, Bart Van Es, and Monawar Hussain) giving a thought-provoking exploration of Spenser's continuing relevance in the 21st century.
Alongside the poetry, there'll also be drama by Simon Palfrey, performed by professional actors, students and schoolchildren; new poetry from Jo Shapcott, Michael Symmons-Roberts, Andrew Shanks, and Ewan Fernie; and music inspired by the poem from Tim Garland, plus contemporaneous choral performances by the Choir of Royal Holloway.
Book for this Poet in the City event online, by phone or in person from the Kings Place box office. Tickets cost £9.50 if booked via www.kingsplace.co.uk. Otherwise tickets cost £11.50. Box Office 020 7520 1490. Be there from 6.30pm for 7pm tonight in Hall One at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 QAG. Visit www.poetinthecity.co.uk/poetry-events for more info.