Innovative Poetry Readings in London

The Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck is pleased to host this regularly updated listing of forthcoming events on London’s innovative poetry scenes. See the FAQ at the bottom of the page for contact details and more.

Ongoing Exhibitions and Shows (Some venues may have additional closures for the bank holiday on Mon 26 August. Please check before visiting.)

Tue and Thu-Fri 12pm-6pm, Wed 12pm-8pm, Sat 12pm-4pm until Sat 24 August. Resistance Exile Mutation: Exhibition of experimental calligraphy by Belgian-Moroccan artist DemaOne. P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, Somers Town NW1 1JD. Free.
Mon-Sat 11am-10pm until Sat 31 August. An Invisible Poetry: Exhibition of painterly poems by SJ Fowler. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. Free.
Mon-Sat 11am-10pm until Sat 31 August. The Poem’s Brut: Exhibition of hand-made visual poetry, featuring works by Patrick Cosgrove, Paul Hawkins, Chris McCabe, Astra Papachristodoulou, Imogen Reid, Karen Sandhu, Vilde Torset and Simon Tyrrell. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. Free.
Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun 11am-6pm, Thu 11am-9pm until Sun 1 September. Helen Cammock: Che si può fare: Exhibition by visual poet Helen Cammock, exploring lament in vocal music. Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel E1 7QX. Free.
Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm until Sun 1 September. Brent’s Journey to Justice: Exhibition of art by Brent’s Brazilian community, including poetry by Virna Teixeira. The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Street, Willesden Green NW10 2SF. Free.
Wed-Sun 12pm-11pm until Sat 14 September. Mervyn Peake, an Exhibition of Certain Rare Dreams: Exhibition of works by artist, novelist and poet Mervyn Peake. Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, 11 Mare Street, Hackney E8 4RP. Exhibition £6 (or £2.50 by request on Thu evenings).
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm until Sun 15 September. Haiku Adventure: The Craft of Games: Display about the poetic video game Haiku Adventure. William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4PP. Free.
Sat-Tue 10am-6pm, Wed-Fri 11am-8pm until Sun 15 September. Exceptions: Thu 11 – Sun 21 Jul & Thu 8 – Wed 21 Aug, 10am-6pm daily. Get Up, Stand Up Now: Art exhibition celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond. Featuring contributions from poets like Anthony Joseph, Caleb Femi, Grace Nichols, Jay Bernard and Linton Kwesi Johnson. West Wing Galleries, Somerset House, The Strand, Westminster WC2R 1LA. £12/£9, under 12s free. Book now.
Mon 12 August – Fri 20 September, Mon 1pm-8pm, Tue & Thu 10am-8pm, Wed & Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. Simultaneous Realities: Collaborative exhibition by poet Paolo Piccardo and artist Yuliya V Krylova. Launch event Thu 15 August, 6pm-8pm. Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, Brixton SW2 1JQ. Free.
Tue-Sun 11am-8pm until Sun 22 September. Guernica Remakings: Exhibition exploring artistic responses to Picasso’s Guernica. Includes poetry by So Mayer and Richard Price, plus Picasso’s own writings. National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. Free.
10am-6pm daily until Sun 17 November. Looking for Langston: Display of Isaac Julien’s 1989 film about poet Langston Hughes. Tate Britain, Millbank, Pimlico SW1P 9RG. Free.

August 2019

Sun 18 – Tue 20 August, Sun 2pm, Mon & Tue 8pm. Fête Quaqua Festival: Festival of improvised music, curated by John Russell. Each day features the same musicians, but working together in different combinations. Performers include poet Harry Gilonis. Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, Dalston N16 8AZ. 3-day pass £20/£15; individual concerts £9. Book now for SunMon or Tue.
Sun 18 August, 7pm. Nkisi and Moor Mother: New and Old Sounds: Performances by poet Moor Mother and musician Nkisi. ICA, The Mall, St James’s SW1Y 5AH. SOLD OUT.
Tue 20 August, 6.30pm. Indonesian Poetry Workshop: Translating Norman Erikson Pasaribu: Translation workshop on Indonesian poet Norman Erikson Pasaribu, led by Soe Tjen Marching. Open to all, no knowledge of Indonesian required. Poetry Translation Centre, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
Tue 20 August, doors 7pm, readings 7.45pm. Victoria Sin and PSS: Dream Babes Zine 2.0: Launch readings for the new issue of speculative fiction zine Dream Babes. Featuring poet-artist Daniella Valz Gen, plus writers Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Imani Robinson and Victoria Sin, with DJing by RABZ. The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury WC1N 1JD. £10 (includes a copy of the zine). Book now.
Thu 22 – Sun 25 August, Thu 4pm-8pm (private view), Fri & Sat 1pm-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm. South Speak: Exhibition of textual artworks about South London, made in collaboration between artist Sam Petherbridge and poets Cai Draper, Lauren Haine, Slam the Poet, CIL, Esther Heller, Poppy Frean and Rosanna Hildyard. The private view on Thu includes readings by participating poets. APT Gallery, 6 Creekside, Deptford SE8 4SA. Presumably free.
Fri 23 August, 1pm-8pm. EM/BO/DY PO/ET/RY: Multisensory poetry performance by Esther Heller, CIL and Rhoda Adum Boateng. APT Gallery, 6 Creekside, Deptford SE8 4SA. Presumably free.
Fri 23 August, 7pm. OKHA – The Queer + Black Book Club: Reading group on James Baldwin’s essay collection Dark Days, and the poetry book & More Black by T’ai Freedom Ford (who will be in attendance). The Curtain (members’ entrance), 45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3PT. Free but bookable. Book now.
Fri 23 August, 7.30pm. Concrete Jungle: Dub poet d’bi.young anitafrika presents a performance confronting the ongoing impact of transatlantic slavery. With music by Mohammed Rowe. Theatre Peckham, 221 Havil Street, Peckham SE5 7SD. Bookable by donation. Book now.
Fri 23 August, 8pm. Performances: SUUTOO and Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura: Poet and sound artist Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura presents an audio-visual installation. Plus more performance by SUUTOO. South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UH. £7/£5. Book now.
Fri 23 August, 9pm. Terra 79: Immersive, Afro-Futurist performance with poetry by julianknxx, music by Azekel and an installation by GAIKA. ICA, The Mall, St James’s SW1Y 5AH. £7/£5. Book now.
Sun 25 August, 11am-6pm (radio), then 6pm-10pm (performances). SALT. Magazine Launch: Issue 10, Glossolalia: Launch activities for the new issue of SALT. magazine. During the day, there are radio broadcasts (open to the public) with lectures, poetry, sound and performances from Sophie Seita, Casper Heinemann, Jennifer Boyd, Against The Run of Play, George Nesbitt and Daniella Valz-Gen; in the evening there are readings, music and performances from Penny Newell, Jessa Mockridge, Yessica Klein, Sabeen Chaudry, HP Parmley, Freya Field-Donovan and Susu LaRoche. Cell Project Space, 258 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E2 9DA. Free. Live radio broadcast at radio.montezpress.com.
Tue 27 August, 7pm. We Do Not Believe in The Good Faith of The Victors: Launch: Readings from a one-off collection of poetry and prose. Featuring Jackqueline Frost reading Fritz Heinle’s 13 Poemswith recorded accompaniment and an introduction from Sam Dolbear, plus a manifestation by David Grundy and Laurel Uziell in honour of writer Lisa Jeschke. SET, 27a Dalston Lane, Dalston E8 3DF. Presumably free.
Wed 28 August, 7pm. ArtBLAB: An evening of talks by poets, artists and designers. Line-up TBA. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. £5 suggested donation.
Wed 28 August, 7.30pm. David Toop – Other Creatures, Entities and Faint Beings: Musicologist David Toop presents an evening exploring interconnections between non-human, human and extra-human entities, with writers, musicians and sculptors including Josie Sparrow, Yifeat Ziv, Lia Su and Daniela Cascella. Café OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL. £8 advance, £10 on the door. Book now.
Thu 29 August – Thu 12 September, Mon 1pm-8pm, Tue & Thu 10am-8pm, Wed & Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. E M B R Y O S: Exhibition of paintings by artist and poet Qian Qian. West Norwood Library, 1-5 Norwood High Street, West Norwood SE27 9JX. Free.
Thu 29 August, 7pm. Cinema and Poetry: Launch reading for I Stand Alone by The Devils, SJ Fowler’s new collection of poems about cult films, plus more poetry from Jonathan Catherall, Yvonne Litschel, David Spittle and more TBA. Followed by a screening of Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book (1996). The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, Elephant & Castle SE11 4TH. £9.21/£5.98. Book now.
Sat 31 August, 10am-3pm, and Sun 1 September, 1pm-5pm. Embryos: Workshops: Collaborative writing/drawing workshop in response to Qian Qian’s exhibition E M B R Y O S (see above). West Norwood Library, 1-5 Norwood High Street, West Norwood SE27 9JX. Free but bookable – RSVP to rblack[at]lambeth.gov.uk.
Sat 31 August, 7pm. Azmari Bet: Recreation of the experience of an Ethiopian Azmari Bet (poetry and music club). Performers include poet Lemn Sissay. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA. £12.50 plus booking fee. Book now.

September 2019

Tue 3 September – Sun 2 February, Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun 11am-6pm, Thu 11am-9pm. Sense Sound/Sound Sense: Exhibition of scores and records by Fluxus writers, artists and composers, including John Cage, Philip Corner, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, George Maciunas, Claes Oldenburg and Yoko Ono. Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel E1 7QX. Free.
Thu 5 September – Sun 8 September, Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sun 11am-6pm. London Art Book Fair: Stalls run by cutting-edge publishers from around the world, selling art books and magazines. Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel E1 7QX. Free.
Thu 5 September, 7pm. Alter Egos Launch: Readings to launch the poetry anthology Alter Egos, featuring Joe Andrews, Birdspeed, Carl Burkitt, Toby Campion, Cat Chong, Iris Colomb, Jonah Corren, Jo Davis, Cai Draper, Laurie Eaves, Kate B Hall, Sue Johns, Nicki Heinen, Anna Kahn, Anja Konig, Christopher Lanyon, The Repeat Beat Poet, Natalie Shaw and Rushika Wick. With BSL interpretation by Jo Taylor. DIY Space for London, 96-108 Ormside Street, Bermondsey SE15 1TF. Free.
Sat 7 September, 3pm. In Conversation: Caryl Phillips and Linton Kwesi Johnson: Readings and discussion with poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and novelist Caryl Phillips. New Wing, Somerset House, The Strand, Westminster WC2R 1LA. £12/£10. Book now.
Sun 8 September, 2pm. Bob Holman: Poetry Reading: US poet Bob Holman reads his work, including poems responding to the venue’s exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth Murray. Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 6DG. Free but bookable. Book now.
Sun 8 September, 3pm-8pm. Hard Work: Experimental performances including poetry by Jeff Hilson and Camilla Nelson, plus music by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé, with more acts TBA. NB: this event will take place outdoors, regardless of the weather. BYOB. Outdoor Classroom, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, Mile End E3 4PX. £5/£3/free.
Mon 9 September, 6pm-8pm, then the same time weekly until Mon 14 October. Writing Africa: Six-week course on African literature, including work by poets like Warsan Shire and Chinua Achebe. Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, Kings Cross NW1 2DB. £295/£265/£250. Book now.
Mon 9 September, 7.30pm. Hidden by Clouds: Icelandic poet Gerður Kristný presents her long poem Drápa, musically accompanied by members of ALDAorchestra. Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, Stepney E1 8JB. £8-£16.50/£10-£14.50. Book now.
Mon 9 September, 9.10pm. MS Slavic 7: Screening of Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell’s new documentary about archival research into the Polish poet Zofia Bohdanowiczowa. Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, Marylebone W1B 2HW. £12/£11. Book now.
Tue 10 September, 7pm-9pm, then the same time weekly until Tue 15 October. Where Words Meet Music: Six-week creative writing course on collaborations between poetry and music. Tutors: Ben See, Gboyega Odubanjo, Jade Cuttle, Keiran Goddard and Samantha Whates. Brixton Pound Café, 77 Atlantic Road, Brixton SW9 8UP. £96. Book now.
Wed 11 September, 6.30pm. Ma Bibliothèque Book Launch: The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein: Launch readings for a new anthology of speculative responses to Carl Einstein’s funeral oration for Rosa Luxembourg. Featuring Uma Breakdown (read by Jack Etches), Alison J Carr, John Cunningham, Sam Dolbear, Rebekah Georgiou-Tolley, John Hyatt, Dale Holmes, Derek Horton, Sharon Kivland, Pil Galia Kollectiv, Mark Leahy, TC McCormack, Martina Mullaney, Benjamin Noys, Benedict Seymour, Frank Wasser and Sarah Wood. South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UH. Free but bookable. Book now.
Wed 11 September, 7pm. Stargazing // Perseverance Valley: Double Book Launch: Launch readings for the collections Stargazing by Astra Papachristodoulou and Perseverance Valley by Sarah Cave, plus more poetry from Anna Cathenka and Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. Free.
Wed 11 September, 7.15pm. Behind the Mask, Another Mask: An evening of poetry about personae and multiple identities, featuring readings by Mary Jean Chan, Rishi Dastidar and Chrissy Williams, poems by Jill Abram, Alice Hiller, Fiona Larkin, L Kiew, Anita Pati, Michelle Penn, Nic Stringer and Jeffrey Sugarman, and visual art by Sophie Herxheimer and Claire Collison. October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury WC1N 3AL. £8. Book now.
Wed 11 September, 7.30pm. 87.9: Ed Luker reads to launch the collection Heavy Waters. Plus more poetry from Sandeep Parmar, Peter Philpott, John McCullough, Katy Lewis Hood and Francesca Lisette. The Roebuck, 50 Great Dover Street, Southwark SE1 4YG. £5/£3.
Thu 12 September, 6pm. Noh X Contemporary Music: Ryoko Aoki discusses her practice of combining Japanese Noh recitation with contemporary music. Daiwa Foundation Japan House 13/14 Cornwall Terrace Outer Circle, Regent’s Park NW1 4QP. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 12 September, 6.30pm. Translating Possibilities: Readings, performances, dance and films from poets and translators including David Shook, Zêdan Xelef, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Nathalie Teitler and Caleb Femi. Brunei Gallery Theatre, Thornhaugh Street, Bloomsbury WC1H 0XG. £11.44/£6.12. Book now.
Thu 12 September, 7pm. Out Else 3: Poetry with Holly Pester, Amy De’Ath, Laurel Uziell and Andy Spragg. Plus the launch for issue 3 of the little magazine Summat. SET, 27a Dalston Lane, Dalston E8 3DF. Free.
Sat 14 September, 3.30pm-5.30pm. Writers Forum Workshop – New Series: Experimental poetry workshop, open to all. The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX. Free.
Tue 17 September, 6pm-9pm (private view), then Wed-Sat, 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm until Fri 20 March. Ithell Colquhoun: Exhibition of work by surrealist artist and poet Ithell Colquhoun. Private view includes the launch of Medea’s Charms, a collection of Colquhoun’s shorter writings. Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, 11 Mare Street, Hackney E8 4RP. Exhibition £6 (or £2.50 by request on Thu evenings). Private view free but bookable – book now.
Tue 17 September, 7pm start, readings at 8pm. Launch: 60 Lovers to Make and Do: Launch party for Sophie Herxheimer’s new poetry book 60 Lovers to Make and Do. The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, Elephant & Castle SE11 4TH. Presumably free.
Wed 18 September, 7pm. National Poetry Competition Readings: Poetry with Kirsten Irving, Jane Yeh and Stephen Sexton. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. £7/£5. Book now.
Thu 19 September – Sat 2 November, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Wed & Sat matinees 2.30pm. Blood Wedding: New adaptation of the classic play by Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo SE1 8LZ. £40/£30/£20/£10; previews (Thu 19 – Tue 24 September) £25/£20/£10. Book now.
Thu 19 September, 6.30pm. Book launch: The Exiles: Daria Santini discusses her new book The Exiles: Actors, Artists and Writers Who Fled the Nazis for London, which includes coverage of poet and filmmaker Berthold Viertel. Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury WC1B 5DP. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 19 September, 7pm. Nisha Ramayya: Tantra, Mysticism and Magical Poetry: Nisha Ramayya reads from and discusses her new collection States of the Body Produced by Love. Plus more poetry from Caspar Heinemann and Francesca Lisette. Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7BS. £6, or £16.39 including a copy of Ramayya’s book. Book now.
Fri 20 September, 6.30pm. William Blake: A Live Literature Celebration: Immersive performance combining music, dance, poetry and visuals to celebrate the legacy of William Blake. Performers include poet Michael Horovitz. Tate Britain, Millbank, Pimlico SW1P 9RG. SOLD OUT.
Sat 21 September, 9am-5pm. International Conference on Poetry Studies: Poetry Between Creation and Interpretation: Conference about poetry, poetics and translation. Includes papers on Jorie Graham, José Martí, Yves Bonnefoy, Cecilia Vicuña, Anne Carson, Claudia Rankine, Guillaume Apollinaire, Lithuanian conceptual poetry, political prose poems, Tamim Al-Barghouti, DH Lawrence, and modern Chinese poetry. Birkbeck University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX. £100. Book now.
Tue 24 September, 10am-5pm, then at the same time weekly until Tue 26 November. Where Drawing Meets Words: 10-session course on combining writing with drawing. Tutors: poet-artist Sophie Herxheimer and illustrator Emily Haworth-Booth. Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch Studios, 19-22 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3SG. £395. Book now.
Tue 24 September, 6.30pm. Portuguese Poetry Workshop: Translating Carla Diacov with Annie McDermott: Translation workshop on Brazilian poet Carla Diacov’s work. Open to all, no knowledge of Portuguese required. Poetry Translation Centre, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
Wed 25 September, 7pm, then fortnightly at the same time until Wed 4 December. How to be a Person: Six-session, creative writing course on expressing different forms of selfhood in poetry, inspired by poets like Arthur Rimbaud, Inger Christensen and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. Tutor: Will Harris. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £90 plus booking fee. Book now. A limited number of bursary places are available for the impecunious – see here for how to apply (deadline Wed 4 September).
Thu 26 September, 6.30pm-9.30pm (opening event), then Fri 27 September – Fri 20 December, Wed-Sat 12pm-6pm. Tomaso Binga: A Silenced Victory: Exhibition by artist and visual poet Tomaso Binga. Mimosa House, 12 Princes Street, Mayfair W1B 2LL. Free.
Thu 26 September, doors 7.30pm, performances 8pm. XWorm: 10th anniversary event for music label The Tapeworm, featuring Blood Music (a.k.a. poet-musician Simon Pomery) and conceptual writer/film-maker People Like Us, plus music by Tears|Ov, SavFrost, The Howling (Ken Hollings / Howlround), Zeno van Den Broek and Dale Cornish. Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Lambeth SE1 7LG. £8 advance, £10 on the door. Book now.
Thu 26 September, 7.45pm. Anthony Joseph – Live at jazz re:freshed: Performance by poet and musician Anthony Joseph. Mau Mau Bar, 265 Portobello Road, Ladbroke Grove W11 1LR. £6. Book now.
Fri 27 September, 8pm. Park Nights: Cecilia Vicuña: Performance by Chilean poet-artist Cecilia Vicuña. Serpentine Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, Kensington W2 3XA. £8/£6 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sat 28 September, 2pm. Baghdad, Adieu: Iraqi poet Salah Al Hamdani and his translator, Sonia Alland, read from Al Hamdani’s new collection Baghdad, Adieu. P21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton Street, Somers Town NW1 1JD. £5/£2. Book now.
Sat 28 September, 7pm. Pamenar Press Launch Party: Poetry with Simon Smith, Virna Teixeira, Stephen Watts, Stephen Emmerson and Jackqueline Frost. Plus the launch of new books by Stephen Emmerson, Piotr Szreniawski and Carlos Soto Román. Beara Beara Café, 330 Upper Street, Islington N1 2XQ. Suggested donation £5/£3.
Sat 28 September, 8pm. The Watery Ways of the World: An evening of poetry, prose, performance and music with a maritime theme. Featuring poets Kirsten Irving, Abigail Parry, Jon Stone, Sarah Crewe and Henningham Family Press, plus musician Will Barrett, writers David Collard, Tony White and Jen Hodgson, music by Will Barrett and Anna Kenyon, and more TBA. Includes a fund-raising raffle with proceeds going to Extinction Rebellion. The Tin Tabernacle, 12-16 Cambridge Avenue, Maida Vale NW6 5BA. £20. Book now.
Sun 29 September, 7pm. Dead Poets Live: Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop: Show exploring modernist poet Marianne Moore’s friendship with Elizabeth Bishop. Coronet Theatre, 103 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill W11 3LB. £30/£25; £15 for under 30s. Proceeds go to the charity Safe Passage. Book now.
Sun 29 September, 7.30pm. Jenny Hval: The Practice of Love: Immersive, multimedia performance by Norwegian poet, musician and novelist Jenny Hval. Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Milton Court, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 9BH. £20 plus booking fee. Book now.
Mon 30 September, 3.30pm-9pm. International Translation Day 2019: Discussions and workshops on contemporary translation, including a round-table with poet-translators Meena Kandasamy, Christine de Luca and Sophie Collins. Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, Farringdon EC1R 3GA. SOLD OUT.
Mon 30 September, 6.30pm. The Illuminated Paths: New Poetry from North Africa: Readings to launch Modern Poetry in Translation’s Maghreb focus, featuring Fatma Krouma and Ashref Kerkeni (Tunisia), Adil Latefi and Nassima Raoui (Morocco), Fadhila Bechar and Mohamed Rafik Taibi (Algeria), and poet-translators Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Vidyan Ravinthiran, Stewart Sanderson, Adham Smart and Martha Sprackland. Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 6EQ. £10/£8. Book now.
Mon 30 September, 7pm. Time Lived, Without Its Flow: Poet Denise Riley discusses the reissue of her essay Time Lived, Without Its Flow with Max Porter and Emily Berry. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, Bloomsbury WC1A 2JL. £10. Book now.

October 2019

Tue 1 October, 6.45pm-8.45pm, then at the same time weekly until Tue 3 December. Reading Working Class Poetics: 10-week course looking at poetic representations of the working-class body, considering poets like Basil Bunting, DH Lawrence, Audre Lorde, Benjamin Zephaniah, Wayne Holloway-Smith and Rachael Allen. Tutor: Anthony Anaxagorou. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £180. Book now.
Tue 1 October, 7pm. Translating Brecht, a Poet for Our Times: David Constantine and Thomas Kuhn discuss their translation of radical poet Bertolt Brecht’s Collected Poems. Goethe-Institut, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, South Kensington SW7 2PH. Free but bookable. Book now.
Wed 2, Fri 4 & Sat 5 October, Wed 7pm, Fri & Sat 8pm. Pan Daijing: Tissues: Performances of composer and artist Pan Daijing’s experimental, poetic play Tissues. The Tanks, Tate Modern, Bankside SE1 9TG. £12/£10. Book now.
Wed 2 October, 8pm. A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller: Jacqueline Saphra reads and discusses a new poetic sequence inspired by surrealist photographer Lee Miller. National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £7 plus booking fee. Book now.
Thu 3 October, 6.45-8.45pm, then at the same time fortnightly until Thu 28 November. Twisted Love: 5-session, creative writing course on experimentation within love poetry, inspired by poets like Mina Loy, Gwendolyn Brooks and Frank O’Hara. Tutor: Becky Varley-Winter. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £95. Book now.
Fri 4 & Sat 5 October, Fri 2pm-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm. The London Spanish Book & Zine Fair: Stalls selling Spanish-language books and zines, plus a programme of workshops, performances and talks. See the link for how to propose an event as part of the fair. The Crypt at St Peter’s, Liverpool Grove, Walworth SE17 2HH. Free.
Sat 5 October, 10.30am-4.30pm. Memory, History, Loss, & Gains: Creative writing workshop on addressing ancestry and inheritance through poetry, inspired by poets like Hannah Lowe, Ocean Vuong and Raymond Antrobus. Tutor: Sarala Estruch. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £75. Book now.
Sat 5 October from 10.30am. New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival: A book fair and day of talks, workshops and screenings, exploring contemporary feminism and technology. See below for some poetic events within the festival. Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS. Partly free, with charges for some bookable activities.
Sat 5 October, 2.45pm. Elective Affinities: Poetic Patterns and Programmes: Reading and discussion exploring the relationships between poetry and technology, featuring poets and artists Nisha Ramayya, Erica Scourti and Rebecca Tamás. Part of New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival (see above). Fountain Room, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS. Free.
Sat 5 October, 4pm. Radical Kinship: Care, Identity & Reproduction: Panel discussion on current debates in reproductive justice and bodily autonomy. Speakers include poet Nat Raha, plus writers Reni Eddo-Lodge, Merve Emre and Sophie Lewis. Part of New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival (see above). Frobisher Auditorium 2, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS. £12. Book now.
Tue 8 October, 6.30pm. Spanish Poetry Workshop: Translating with Serafina Vick and Poet Legna Rodríguez Iglesias: Translation workshop on Cuban poet Legna Rodríguez Iglesias’s work. Open to all, no knowledge of Spanish required. Poetry Translation Centre, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
Thu 10 October, 7pm. Fluxus Live: Apartment House: Experimental music group Apartment House perform works by Fluxus writers and artists like George Brecht, Henning Christiansen, Philip Corner, Milan Knižak, Alison Knowles, George Maciunas, Jackson Mac Low, Yoko Ono and Takako Saito. Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel E1 7QX. £9.50/£7.50. Book now.
Fri 11 & Sat 12 October, CRIPtic Pit Party: Mixed bill of poetry, music and dance by D/deaf and disabled artists, featuring poet Jamie Hale, plus Signkid, Jackie Hagen, Amelia Cavallo, Katie Walters & Ella Chante, Donna Williams and Jessie Parrott. Fri is a BSL-interpreted and audio-described performance, followed by a post-show talk (free to same-day ticket-holders); Sat is a captioned performance. The Pit, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS. £18 plus booking fee. Book now.
Fri 11 October, time TBA. Nordic Poetry Festival Exhibition Launch: Performances to launch an exhibition of visual poetry as part of the Nordic Poetry Festival. Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road, Haggerston E8 4AA. Price (if any) TBC.
Sat 12 October, 10am-6pm. 7.45pm each night. Editing and Submitting Your Poetry: Creative writing workshop on refining poetry for publication, inspired by poets like Martin Carter, Vahni Capildeo and Monica Youn. Tutor: Will Harris. Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel Road E1 1BU. £60/£48. Book now.
Sat 12 October, 10.30am-4.30pm. Geologic Encounters: Creative writing workshop on responding poetically and visually to stones. Tutors: poet Holly Corfield Carr and illustrator Rose Ferraby. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £75. Book now.
Sat 12 October, 3.30pm-5.30pm. Writers Forum Workshop – New Series: Experimental poetry workshop, open to all. The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX. Free.
Sat 12 October, 7.30pm. Nordic Poetry Festival: Camarade: An evening of collaborations between Nordic and British poets, featuring Morten Søndergaard, Endre Ruset, Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset, Tiina Lehikoinen, Tommi Musturi, Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl, Sissal Kampmann and more TBA. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA. Free.
Mon 14 October, 6.30pm. Raymond Antrobus Book Club: Reading group on Raymond Antrobus’s poetry collection The Perseverance. National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £7 plus booking fee. Book now.
Wed 16 October, 7.30pm (opening event), then Thu 17 October – Sun 17 November, Tue-Sun 11am-8pm. A 21st-Century Ferlinghetti: Exhibition of art and writing by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Opening event features new work by performance artists boyleANDshaw. National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. Exhibition free. Opening event free but bookable – book now.
Thu 17 October, time TBA. Nordic Poetry Festival Closing Event: Readings by Nordic poets visiting or living in the UK. Venue TBC in Kingston-upon-Thames. Price (if any) TBC.
Sat 19 October, 10.15am-11.45am. Translation as a Revision Technique: Workshop on using translation as a methodology for revising poems. Workshop leader: Valzhyna Mort. Foyle Pavilion, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £45 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sat 19 October, 11am. Exploring Translation as Disruption: Panel on the disruptive and transformational potential of translation, featuring Adelaide Ivánova, Rachel Long and Meena Kandasamy. Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £10 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sat 19 October, 12pm-6pm. London Indie Press Book Fair: A host of stalls from independent publishers, including poetry presses. Plus music from Invisible DJs. University Of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, Marylebone W1B 2HW. Free but please register here.
Sat 19 October from 12pm. National Poetry Library Open Day: Displays of items from the Nation Poetry Library’s special collections, with focuses including artists’ books, object-poems from zimZalla, and the work of DA Levy. Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. Free.
Sat 19 October, 1.30pm. d/Deaf Republic: Poets on d/Deafness: Poets Raymond Antrobus, Ilya Kaminsky and Lisa Kelly perform their work. With BSL and speech-to-text interpretation. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £10 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sat 19 October, 3pm. Exploring Poetry as Disruption: Experimental poets JR Carpenter, Iris Colomb and Nisha Ramayya perform their work. Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £10 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sat 19 October, 6.30pm. Poems from the Edge of Extinction: Readings to launch Poems from the Edge of Extinction , a new anthology of poems written in endangered languages. Featuring James Byrne, Shehzar Doja, Hawad, Nineb Lamassu, Valzhyna Mort and Vaughan Rapatahana. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £10 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sat 19 October, 10pm. My Name Is My Own: Choreographer Temitope Ajose-Cutting and director Jo Tyabji present a performance inspired by June Jordan’s Poem About My Rights, featuring poetry by Jay Bernard and music by Mwen. Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £5 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sun 20 October, 12pm. Adonis and Khaled Mattawa: A New Divan: Syrian poet Adonis and Libyan-US poet Khaled Mattawa read their work, and discuss the impact of Goethe on their poetry. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £10-£20 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sun 20 October, 1.30pm. Incendiary Art: The Power of Disruptive Poetry: Patricia Smith, Chen Chen and Vaughan Rapatahana read from and discuss their poetry. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £10 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sun 20 October, 2pm. Poetry in Motion: Screening of animated treatments of poetry by Claudia Rankine and others. Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. Free.
Sun 20 October, 3.30pm. Ledbury Poetry Critics: Forward Prizes Preview: Poetry critics Dzifa Benson, Sarala Estruch and Srishti Krishnamoorthy-Cavell discuss the nominees for this year’s Forward Prizes, chaired by Sarah Howe. Weston Roof Pavilion, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £10 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sun 20 October, 7pm. The Forward Prizes for Poetry Ceremony: Readings by this year’s Forward Prize nominees, featuring Helen Tookey, Ilya Kaminsky, Vidyan Ravinthiran, Niall Campbell, Fiona Benson, Stephen Sexton, Raymond Antrobus, Isabel Galleymore, Jay Bernard, David Cain, Jonathan Edwards, Holly Pester, Parwana Fayyaz, Liz Berry and Mary Jean Chan. With BSL interpretation. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £15 plus booking fee. Book now.
Mon 21 October, 7.30pm. Nikki Giovanni in Conversation: US poet Nikki Giovanni discusses her work. With BSL and speech-to-text interpretation. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £10-£30 plus booking fee. Book now.
Wed 23 October, 7.30pm. Moor Mother: The Great Bailout: Poet and electronic musician Moor Mother confronts colonialism and slavery in this collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra. Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Milton Court, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 9BH. £20 plus booking fee. Book now.
Thu 24 & Fri 25 October, times TBA. Refugee Hosts International Conference: Conference on the politics and poetics of building relationships between refugees and host communities. Keynote speakers include poet Yousif M Qasmiyeh. Full programme TBA. IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 6BT. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 24 October, 6.30pm. The Poetry of London: A panel of poets and artists discuss how William Blake has influenced their approaches to London. Speakers include poets Sophie Herxheimer and Chris McCabe. Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain, Millbank, Pimlico SW1P 4RG. £12/£8. Book now.
Sat 26 & Sun 27 October, 10.30am-4.30pm each day. Rachael Allen’s Weird Weekend: Rachael Allen leads a weekend course on intersections between poetry and weird fiction, looking at poets like Oki Sogumi, Daisy Lafarge, Kim Kyung Ju and Dorothea Tanning. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £150. Book now.
Sat 26 October, 11am-6pm. Symposium on Words and Music: Symposium on interfaces between music and language in Indigenous cultures. Speakers are Linda Barwick, Angela Impey, Martin Rohrmeier, Martin Orwin, Didier Demolin, Jerome Lewis and Lucy Durán. Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Bloomsbury WC1H 0XG. Pricing TBC, booking not yet open.
Sat 26 October, 7.30pm. Live Art Gala 2019: Fundraising gala for the Live Art Development Agency, featuring performances by writers and artists like Brian Catling, Katherine Araniello, Oreet Ashery, Franko B, Katy Baird, Anne Bean, Rocio Boliver, Season Butler, Shaun Caton, Augusto Corrieri, Robert Daniels, Oozing Gloop, Oleg Kulik, Zoe Laughlin, Nando Messias, Daniel Oliver, Tammy Reynolds and Selina Thompson. Plus auctions and lucky dip. St Paul’s Hall, 306 Amhurst Road, Hackney N16 7UE. Pricing TBC, booking not yet open.
Mon 28 October, 7.30pm. Swordfishtrombones Revisited: David Coulter presents his reinterpretation of poet and musician Tom Waits’ 1983 album Swordfishtrombones, with guests including Nadine Shah, Sarah Blasko, Dorian Wood and Lisa O’Neill. Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS. £20-£35 plus booking fee. Book now.
Tue 29 October, 6.30pm. Kwéyòl Poetry Workshop: Translating Liz Faisal with Kendel Hippolyte: Translation workshop on St Lucian poet Liz Faizal. Open to all, no knowledge of St Lucian Kwéyòl required. Poetry Translation Centre, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
Wed 30 October, 7.30pm. LRB Presents Anne Carson, Nico Muhly and Paul Muldoon: Poetry and music to celebrate 40 years of the London Review of Books, featuring poets Anne Carson and Paul Muldoon, plus composer Nico Mulhy and musician Amit Chaudhuri. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £20/£15 plus booking fee. Book now.

November 2019

Sat 2 & Sun 3 November, 10.30am-5pm each day. Creative Masterclass for Writers and Translators: Creative writing course on using translation techniques to produce new poetry and prose. Tutor: Jen Calleja. Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, Kings Cross NW1 2DB. £185/£167/£157. Book now.
Tue 5 November, 6.30pm. Bengali Poetry Workshop: Translating Nirmalendu Goon with Shamim Azad: Translation workshop on Bangladeshi poet Nirmalendu Goon. Open to all, no knowledge of Bengali required. Poetry Translation Centre, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
Wed 6 November, 6.30pm-8.30pm, then the same time weekly until Wed 11 December. London in Poetry: 6-session course on London poetry, covering poets like Ezra Pound, Mina Loy, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Abondance Matanda. Tutor: Ed Luker. Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields EC2M 4QH. £106/£79. Book now.
Wed 6 November, 8pm. Dead [Women] Poets Society: Poets Zahrah Sheikh and Ruth Sutoyé discuss dead women poets who have influenced their work. National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £7 plus booking fee. Book now.
Thu 7 November, 6.30pm. Ben Lerner: The Topeka School: Poet Ben Lerner discusses his new novel The Topeka School. Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain, Millbank, Pimlico SW1P 4RG. £12/£8. Book now.
Tue 12 November, 7pm. Richard Shillitoe on Ithell Colquhoun: Curator Richard Shillitoe presents an illustrated talk about surrealist artist and poet Ithell Colquhoun. Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, 11 Mare Street, Hackney E8 4RP. £11.37. Book now.
Fri 15 & Sat 16 November, 11am-7pm each day. Small Publishers Fair: Annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers, featuring stalls, readings, workshops and exhibitions. Programme TBA. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury WC1R 4RL. Free.
Fri 15 November, doors 7pm, performances 7.30pm. Hospital of the Souls: An evening of experimental performances featuring music by Diastolic Murmurs with Paul Obermayer, a performance lecture by David Ellis’s Rapid Response Unit, poetry by Luke Jordan, film by Mama Baer with Kommissar Hjuler, and DJing by Paradigm Discs. Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Lambeth SE1 7LG. £8 advance, £10 on the door. Book now.
Tue 19 November, 6.30pm. Yoruba Poetry Workshop: Translating Túbọ̀sún Ọládàpọ̀ with Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún: Translation workshop on Nigerian poet Túbọ̀sún Ọládàpọ̀. Open to all, no knowledge of Yoruba required. Poetry Translation Centre, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
Tue 19 November, 7.45pm. Un Nuevo Sol: British Latinx Writers: Readings and discussion with poets Leo Boix and Yara Rodrigues Fowler, plus novelist Luisa Sauma. Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £10 plus booking fee. Book now.
Thu 21 November, 7.45pm. Vocal Classics of the Black Avant-Garde: Vocal artist Elaine Mitchener’s ensemble (including poet Dante Micheaux) perform African-American works from the 1960s/70s that combine vocals and text with experimental jazz forms. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £22.50 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sat 23 & Sun 24 November, 10.30am-4.30pm each day. Falling in Love With Prose Poems: Creative writing weekend on developing prose poems, inspired by poets like John Ashbery, Vahni Capildeo, Patience Agbabi, Claudia Rankine, Jorie Graham, Carrie Etter and Sarah Howe. Tutor: Jennifer Wong. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £150. Book now.
Fri 29 November, 9.30am-12.30pm. Safeguarding Training for Poets – Children & Young People: Half-day training course on safeguarding and awareness when running creative writing sessions with children and young people. If you book this together with the course on safeguarding vulnerable adults (see below), there is a £10 discount and lunch is provided. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £20. Book now.
Fri 29 November, 1.30pm-4.30pm. Safeguarding Training for Poets – Vulnerable Adults: Half-day training course on safeguarding and awareness when running creative writing sessions with vulnerable adults. If you book this together with the course on safeguarding children and young people (see above), there is a £10 discount and lunch is provided. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £20. Book now.

December 2019

Tue 3 December, 6.30pm. Tamil Poetry Workshop: Translating Sugan with Hari Rajaledchumy: Translation workshop on Sri Lankan poet Sugan. Open to all, no knowledge of Tamil required. Poetry Translation Centre, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
Wed 4 December, 6pm. ‘A Camp Full of Once and Future Very Important Persons’: Fred Uhlman and Kurt Schwitters in Internment: Charmian Brinson lectures on the wartime internment of poet-artists Kurt Schwitters and Fred Uhlman. Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free but bookable. Book now.
Wed 4 December, 6.30pm. Coco Fusco: Cuba: Haunted by History: UK premiere of two films by Coco Fusco, both about Cuban poets: La Confesión (2015), about Heberto Padilla, and To Live in June with Your Tongue Hanging Out (2018), about Reinaldo Arenas. Starr Cinema, Tate Modern, Bankside SE1 9TG. £10/£7. Book now.
Sat 7 December, 7.30pm. Raymond Antrobus & Carlos Andrés Gómez: UK Book Launch of Hijito: Carlos Andrés Gómez reads to launch his new collection Hijito. Plus more poetry from Raymond Antrobus. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. Free. Advance ticket ticket US$20.73, including signed copy of Gómez’s collection – book now.
Tue 10 December, 4pm. IAS Waste: De la Flâneuse à la Glaneuse – Engagements with Others’ Waste: Screening of Agnès Varda’s 2002 film Les glaneurs et la glaneuse, followed at 5pm by a panel discussion on Varda’s themes of repurposing waste, with speakers including poet and geographer Tim Cresswell, plus Lucy Bell, Carina Millstone, Jane Rendell and Rose Marie San Juan. IAS Common Ground, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 6BT. Free but bookable. Book now.
Wed 11 December, 6pm. IAS Book Launch: Maxwell Street – Writing and Thinking Place: Geographer and poet Tim Cresswell launches his new book about literary representations of Maxwell Street in Chicago. IAS Common Ground, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 6BT. Free but bookable. Book now.

January 2020

Thu 9 January, 10am-12.30pm, then at the same time weekly  until Thu 5 March (no session Thu 27 February). Prose or Poetry: 8-session, creative writing course on the prose-poem. Tutor TBA. Centre for Short Courses and CPD, St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham TW1 4SX. £160. Book now.
Wed 15 January, 9am – Fri 17 January, 6pm. Between Departure and Arrival. Re-Assessing the Work of Ilse Aichinger and Helga Michie: Conference on the work of twin sisters, poet Ilse Aichinger and poet-artist Helga Michie. Bloomsbury Room, G35, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free but bookable. Book now.

February 2020

Sat 22 February, times TBC. Free Verse: The Poetry Book & Magazine Fair: Stalls selling books, magazines and pamphlets from a multitude of poetry presses, plus a programme of readings and workshops. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn WC1R 4RL. Presumably free entry.

April 2020

Thu 30 April, 10am-12.30pm, then at the same time weekly until Thu 25 June (no session Thu 28 May). Ekphrastic Writing: Creative writing course in 8 sessions, on using visual art as inspiration for poetry and prose. Tutor: Agnieszka Studzinska. The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE. £160. Book now.

FAQ:

  • Who updates this?
    • The listings are primarily maintained and updated by Matt Martin, Stuart Hall Research Scholar and PhD student in the CPRC at Birkbeck.
  • Haven’t I seen this page elsewhere?
    • Innovative Poetry Readings in London was initiated by the poet Peter Philpott in 2009 as part of his website, modernpoetry.org.uk. He continued to run the listings as a service to London’s poetry communities until August 2018, when he handed it on to the CPRC with his blessing. The rest of his site remains available and is of great interest.
  • What about the rest of the country?
  • How can I get my event listed?
    • Email us at cprc.readings@gmail.com with details of any readings or other events for this page. Email us if you spot any errors too, please. You can also contact us via Facebook. Bear in mind:
      • The listings may not be updated every day. To ensure that your event is posted in time to spread the word, please send information at least a week beforehand – the further in advance, the more useful the listing will be for you.
      • These listings concern performances (and some related activities) within the traditions or communities of innovative poetry – those that the CPRC exists to further. The listings aim to be inclusive, incorporating cross-cultural and internationalist currents, and extending to celebrations of modernist precursors, but there are limits to what will be publicised here.
  • What do you mean by ‘innovative poetry’?
    • Broadly speaking, poetry that challenges the traditionally accepted definitions of the art form – work which might also be dubbed ‘experimental’, ‘avant-garde’, ‘modernist’ (or ‘postmodernist’, ‘neo-modernist’ etc.). Such poetry diverges from the conservative norm in many different directions – a personal view from Peter Philpott is online here. These scenes are constantly developing. Recent years have seen more acceptance of innovative poetry by universities, major publishers, literary prize-givers and other institutions – though this remains sporadic, and much exciting activity is still down to groups of friends who organise and publish with scant resources. In the last couple of decades, the field has been enriched by increasing overlaps and intersections between different innovative poetry communities. At the same time, women, non-binary, LGBTQ+, Black British and British Asian poets, as well as UK-based poets born overseas, have all become more prominent.
  • Can you guarantee that these events will be good?
    • We hope they will be, but the CPRC cannot take responsibility for the quality of events organised by other parties, the reliability of information made available by to us by others, or any views expressed by organisers, performers and exhibitors. However, every event here is listed because it promises something of interest to those wishing to explore new possibilities for poetry. Descriptions in the listings are based on publicity material.
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