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The Disappearing Poet

Kings Place - 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

In 1879 the French poet Arthur Rimbaud gave up writing poetry and disappeared. Having reinvented French poetry he literally disappeared off the map, becoming an explorer and arms dealer in the Horn of Africa.

In 1979 the British poet Rosemary Tonks, regarded as one of the leading poets of the time, similarly disappeared, severing all connection with the literary world, and spent the rest of her life living as a near recluse in Bournemouth.

Combining great literature with all the mystery of a Whodunit, this event explored the creativity and psychology of these two creative souls, and asked why two such great poets chose to disappear.

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