While I was in Paris at the EMiC conference, listening to and speaking on exile in literature, the Poetry Parnassus – apparently a ‘back of an envelope’ idea, courtesy of none other than artist-in-residence, Simon Armitage – was held in London at the Southbank Centre. From the 26th of June (Tuesday) until the 1st of July (Sunday), it was a global festival of words. Poetry from around the world was read, discussed, debated and celebrated in a myriad of ways; it was, effectively, the Olympic-equivalent for poetry and poets. I would have loved to have been there when they let poems rain from the sky, but despite missing the stellar event (at least due to another literary event!), I have had the chance to stroll down Southbank since and take in the many poems lining the outer walls of the Thames. It is pavement poetry at its best. My heart particularly sang when I spied the ‘Oceania’ sign.