The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation was originally established to take advantage of the legacy gift of the property at No 8 Royal College Street, the property formerly occupied by the celebrated French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. One of the Foundation’s long-term goals is to create a ‘poetry house’ at the property.
The legacy gift presents the Foundation with a unique opportunity to establish a European style ‘poetry house’ in this 5-storey Regency property, which is situated only 500 metres from the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras. The aim is to make the house a living centre for the appreciation and promotion of poetry and the arts, and the celebration of international cultural exchange.
In due course it is envisaged that No 8 will not only be open to visitors, but will also be home to several poetry charities, a poetry library and digital archive, a venue for performances and schools’ workshops, a café and a book shop. The Foundation has already spoken with architects with a view to eventually extending the property on two floors at the rear in order to increase its capacity and its potential as a cultural resource, and the Foundation’s innovative investment Bond has been designed expressly with this object in mind. A magnet for French visitors, arriving or leaving on Eurostar, it will also be a ‘hub’ for modern poetry organisations and poets, and an important cultural and educational resource for the local community in Camden.
If you are interested in finding out more about the plans for a poetry house at No 8 Royal College Street please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For examples of some other successful poetry houses, and what they see, click here to read about some of our partners.
Click here to read a presentation by Graham Henderson about the poetry house and its potential importance as a delivery vehicle for the arts and culture in the digital age.
This was his keynote address at the Kindred Spirits conference, hosted by the Foundation in partnership with its partners at the National Museum of Literature in Romania in 2015.