[b]Strummer[/b] and others dedicate this year's [b]Poetry Olympics Party[/b] to the memory of the former [b]Blockhead[/b]...

Ian Dury will be remembered by Joe Strummer, JOHN HEGLEY, 70's punk-poet JOHN COOPER CLARKE and a host of others at the London Royal Festival Hall on April 4.

This year's POP (the Poetry Olympics Party) will be dedicated to Dury's memory following the legendary artist's death this week from cancer. He had been due to headline the event.

It is the 20th year POP has been held. As in previous years, the evening of spoken word and performance features an eclectic bunch of guests from across both music and literature.

This year, writers Beryl Bainbridge and Hanif Kureishi will rub shoulders with one of dub poetry's guiding lights Linton Kwesi Johnson and less well known performance poets such as Valerie Bloom and Christopher Logue.

Tickets, priced between #10 - #30 are available from the Royal Festival Hall box office on 020 7960 4242 or online at www.sbc.org.uk

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