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.

I will be out of the UK for research from Mon 11 to Thu 28 February. While I will attempt to update this page during that time, my opportunities for internet access may be scarce. If you are organising an event to take place between Mon 11 February and Thu 7 March, and would like to ensure it is listed here, please send information by Fri 8 February. Many thanks. – Matt Martin.

Ongoing Exhibitions and Shows

Wed-Sat 12.15pm-6pm until Wed 27 February, Poethetic Pathogens (A Michaux Inflammation): Display of 5 visual poems by SJ Fowler, alongside and responding to a work by Henri Michaux. Avivson Gallery, 49 Highgate High Street, Highgate N6 5JX. Free.
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm until Fri 8 March. Drinks Reception Thu 28 February, 5-8pm. Paul Westcombe: A soul twirler booms trout wet: Experimental wall-drawing and painting installation by Paul Westcombe in collaboration with soprano Katrina Sheppeard and students from Wimbledon Fine Art and Theatre courses, responding to Raymond Roussel’s poetic novel Locus Solus. Wimbledon Space, Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road, Wimbledon SW19 3QA Free.
Until Tue 5 March, opening hours unadvertised. Phoetry & Photolit: Exhibition of visual poetry, focusing on explorations of handwritten poetry and analogue photography. Museum of Futures, 117 Brighton Road, Surbiton KT6 5NJ. Free.
Tue-Sat, 10am-6pm until Sat 9 March. Tabula Rasa: Exhibition of Tunisian-French artist el Seed’s poem-paintings using Arabic calligraphy. Lazinc Sackville, 29 Sackville Street, Mayfair W1S 3DX. Free.
Tue-Sat 10am-6pm until Sat 23 March. Asger Jorn, Per Kirkeby, Tal R: Exhibition featuring work by CoBrA/Situationist writer and artist Asger Jorn, plus art by fellow Danes, Per Kirkeby and Tal R. Victoria Miro Mayfair, 14 St George Street, Mayfair W1S 1FE. Free.
Tue-Sat 11am-6pm until Sat 30 March. When Legacies Become Debts: Exhibition contemplating personal and collective forms of reliance between two generations of Iranian artists and writers. Featuring work by Ali Meer Azimi, Bahar Noorizadeh, Mahan Moalemi, Hadi Fallahpisheh, Shirin Sabahi, Hannah Darabi, Ronak Moshtaghi, and Hamed Yousefi (with Ali Mirsepassi). The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, Earl’s Court SW5 0SW. Free.
Tue and Thu-Sun 10am-6pm, Wed 10am-9pm until Sun 31 March. Crone Music: Exhibition of two films by Beatrice Gibson: I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead, made with US poets Eileen Myles and CAConrad, and Deux Soeurs Qui Ne Sont Pas Soeurs, based on an unrealised film script by poet Gertrude Stein. Gallery tours run every Wed and Sat, 12pm and 4pm. Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 6DG. Free.
Tue-Sun 11am-8pm until Sun 31 March. Constructing Spaces: Exhibition celebrating WS Graham’s centenary year with an interactive reconstruction of the Scottish poet’s creative space. National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. Free.
Thu-Sat 12pm-6pm until Sat 6 April. Antonin Artaud: Cahiers de Rodez et d’Ivry: Exhibition of poet and dramaturge Antonin Artaud’s drawings and writings, 1945-48. Cabinet Gallery, 132 Tyers Street, Vauxhall SE11 5HS. Free.
Sun-Thu 10am–6pm, Fri-Sat 10am–10pm until Sun 28 April. Liliane Lijn: Spotlight: Display of three key works by poet and kinetic sculptor Liliane Lijn. Tate Britain, Millbank SW1P 4RG. Free.

 

February 2019

Thu 21 February, 6.30pm. Korea: Divisions and Borders – Wasafiri Special Issue 96 Launch: Panel discussion to launch a new issue of the postcolonial journal. Panellists include poetry translator Brother Anthony of Taizé. Korean Cultural Centre, 1-3 Strand, Westminster WC2N 5BW. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 21 February, 6.30pm. Aspects of Capitalism Today: Discussion about the nature of capitalism today, featuring poet Keston Sutherland, plus Étienne Balibar, Brenna Bhandar and Sara Salem ICA, The Mall, St. James’s SW1Y 5AH. £7/£5. Book now.
Thu 21 February, 7pm. Fatimah Asghar: If They Come For Us: Poetry and discussion with Sandeep Parmar, Inua Ellams and Fatimah Asghar. KIngs Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. £12.50 plus booking fee. Book now.
Thu 21 February, 7.30pm. Visual Literature Exhibition Opening: Private view for the Phoetry & Photolit exhibition (see above). Museum of Futures, 117 Brighton Road, Surbiton KT6 5NJ. Free.
Fri 22 February, 6pm. Fig Trees: Screening of John Greyson’s 2009 operatic documentary following activists Zackie Achmat and Tim McCaskell as they fight for access to HIV treatment. The film is inspired by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera Four Saints in Three Acts. Birkbeck Cinema, School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury WC1H 0PD. Free but bookable. Book now.
Fri 22 February, 6.30pm-8.30pm (opening event), then Sat 23 February – Sat 23 March, Thu-Sat 12pm-6pm. Machine of Instant Utility: Group exhibition including work by poet-artists Antonin Artaud, Ed Atkins, Caspar Heinemann, Henri Michaux, Sun Ra and Fred Moten. Cabinet Gallery, 132 Tyers Street, Vauxhall SE11 5HS. Free.
Fri 22 February, 7pm. Jazz Verse Jukebox: Poetry from Raymond Antrobus, Margo Berdeshevsky, Gabriel Akamo and Eleanor Penny, plus live music by Rosie Frater-Taylor. Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, Hoxton N1 6SH. £9. Book now.
Fri 22 February, 7.30pm. Xuntanza POÉTICA 2 Poetic Gathering: Multilingual poetry event with poet-musician Alison Marr,  poets Konstantinos Papacharalampos, Mitsu Sousa, Paul Manto and Enrique Gavilanes, and Asturian Spanish folk musician Victor Alvarez. Sweet n Savoury, 237 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn NW6 7JN. Free.
Fri 22 February, 7.30pm. Xing the Line: Poetry with Doug Jones, So Mayer and Wanda O’Connor. Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Lambeth SE1 7LG. £5/£3.
Sat 23 – Mon 25 February, Sat & Sun 9.30pm-7pm, Mon 9.30am-1.15pm. Axis of Solidarity: Landmarks, Platforms, Futures: Three-day conference about transnational solidarity between decolonial movements in Africa, Asia and the Americas, as expressed through poetry, novels, theatre, film and visual arts. Includes a presentation by artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña. Starr Cinema, Tate Modern, Bankside SE1 9TG. £35/£22. Book now.
Sat 23 February, 10.30am-4.30pm. Write into the Territory: One-day, creative writing course on which participants will develop a liberatory and renewed definition of access to authorship and psychogeography. Tutor: Vahni Capildeo. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. Sold out.
Sat 23 February, 7pm. Different Alibis: An evening of artists’ performances questioning identity, including a screening of poet Tarek Lakhrissi’s short science fiction film Out of the Blue, plus work by Ndayé Kouagou, Christelle Oyiri and Harilay Rabenjamina. Auto Italia South East, 44 Bonner Road, Bethnal Green E2 9JS. Free but bookable. Book now.
Sat 23 February, 7.30pm. Poetry and Performance: Poetry with Keith Hutson, Anthony Costello, Alan Price and Lorraine Mariner. The Room, 33 Holcombe Road, Tottenham Hale, London N17 9AS. Free.
Sun 24 February, 2pm. Raymond Antrobus’s Workshop: Raymond Antrobus gives an insight into his poetics and creative process. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead NW3 2RR. Free but bookable. Book now.
Mon 25 February, 7pm. Indigenous: Welsh, Gaelic, Scots, Cornish and More: Discussion of non-English languages that originate in the UK, featuring Gaelic poet Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Shetlandic Scots poet Christine de Luca, Welsh/Cornish musician Gwenno and translator Rahul Bery. Knowledge Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB. £10/£8/£7. Book now.
Mon 25 February, 7.30pm. The North, Irish Poetry Special: Launch event for a new issue of The North, focusing on Irish poetry. Featuring readings and discussion with Jane Clarke, Nessa O’Mahony, Siobhán Campbell, Derek Coyle, Nora Hughes, Judy O’Kane and Mary Noonan; a farewell to the late poet Matthew Sweeney; and a talk by Siobhán Campbell about Irish-American modernist Lola Ridge. The Bloombury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 3NN. £8.
Tue 26 February – Sun 15 September, Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Haiku Adventure: The Craft of Games: Display about the video game Haiku Adventure. William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4PP. Free.
Tue 26 February, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Translating Arabic Poets Najwan Darwish & Ibrahim Nasrallah: Poetry Translation Centre workshop on Najwan Darwish and Ibrahim Nasrallah’s Arabic poetry. Open to all, no knowledge of Arabic required. Workshop leader: Atef Alshaer. The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
Tue 26 February, 7.30pm. Skronkspeak #1: Inaugural edition of this open mic evening for experimental poetry and literature. Readers perform with accompaniment from Apocalypse Jazz Unit. Plus featured readers TBA. New River Studios, Ground Floor Unit E, 199 Eade Road, Manor House N4 1DN. Free.
Tue 26 February, 7.30pm. Hard Work: Paul Ingram reads to launch his new collection Flat Earth. Plus poetry and experimental music from Bohman Brothers, Ghazal Mosadeq, Petero Kalulé and more. The Beehive, Stoneleigh Road, Tottenham N17 9BQ. £5/£3.
Wed 27 February, Fri 1 March and Sat 2 March, 7.30pm each night. Imoinda – A Story of Love and Slavery: New opera loosely based on Aphra Behn’s novella Oroonoko, with a libretto by poet Joan Anim Addo and music by Odaline de la Martinez. The Warehouse, 13 Theed Street, Lambeth SE1 8ST. £19.78/£16.58. Book now.
Wed 27 February, 6pm. Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar: Redell Olsen on “Bal Maidens and Rocks: A Broken Manifesto”. Room 0.03 ,11 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3RF. Free.
Wed 27 February, 7pm-9pm. Reading Louis Zukofsky’s 80 Flowers, Session IV: Reading group on Louis Zukofsky’s sequence 80 Flowers, this time reading ‘Zebrina’ to ‘Rose of Sharon’. Email alexander.grafen.16[at]ucl.ac.uk for more information. Room 239, Foster Court, UCL, Gower Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 6BT. Free.
Wed 27 February, 7pm. National Poetry Library Late Salon: Poetry with MacGillivray, Theresa Lola and Hannah Lowe. Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. £10/£7.50. Book now.
Wed 27 February, 7pm. Gertrude Stein: Community and Kinship: Sian Morris gives a talk about poet Gertrude Stein’s involvement in writing communities. Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 6DG. £5/£4. Book now.
Wed 27 February, 7.30pm. Crested Tit Collective Poetry and Open Mic: Poetry performances by the Crested Tit Collective. Plus open mic – contact the Collective via Facebook in advance to request one of the limited number of slots. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. £10, £8 for University of London staff/students/alumni.
Thu 28 February, 7pm. Poetry London: Spring 2019 Readings: Poetry with Rachael Allen, Vahni Capildeo, Rebecca Perry and Matthew Dickman. Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG. £6.50 plus booking fee. Book now.

 

March 2019

Fri 1 March, 6pm-9.30pm. Late at Tate Britain: Liquid Reflections: An evening of activities in celebration of poet and kinetic sculptor Liliane Lijn. Featuring a soundscape workshop with Annie Tådne, a cut-up poetry workshop, films about Lijn, Lijn’s computer art installation moonmeme, music by Sharon Gal, DJing by London Reprezent Radio, and Lijn’s card game performance Oracle. Tate Britain, Millbank SW1P 4RG. Free.
Fri 1 March, 6.30pm. Reimagining Captain Cook – An Aboriginal Music Response: Aboriginal Australian artist Eric Avery performs music, movement and poetry in response to the British Museum’s exhibition Reimagining Captain Cook: Pacific Perspectives. British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG. Free.
Sat 2 March, 3pm. Capital Letters: Poetry and conversation with Julia Lewis and others TBA. National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF. Presumably free.
Sat 2 March, 7.30pm. The Russian Shuffle: An evening of Russian poetry in translation and poems inspired by Russia with Sasha Dugdale, Peter Daniels, Robert Chandler, Josie von Zitzewitz, James Womack and Kostya Tsolakis, plus support from Valerie Josephs, Wendy French, Iryna Shuvalova and Genie Dalloway. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. £7/£5.
Mon 4 March, 7.30pm. Exiled Writers: Africa-London: Outsiders Insiders: Readings by London-based writers from African backgrounds, featuring Christina Fonthes, Fatima Hagi, Hasani Hasani, Amos Ruiz, Freddy Matcha and Alemu Tabeje, plus music by Otto Gumaelius. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. £5; £3 for asylum seekers.
Tue 5 March, 7pm-9pm. Avant-Garde Study Group: Poet Paul Ingram leads a reading group session about Dada artist Hannah Hoch. See the link for how to sign up to receive reading materials. Room TBC, Birkbeck University of London, Bloomsbury. Free.
Thu 5 March, 7pm. Poem Brut: Writers’ Centre Kingston hosts an exploration of artistic creative writing – poetry and colour, handwriting, composition, abstraction, scribbling, illustration. With poets and artists including Patrick Cosgrove, Nise McCullough, Lisa Kiew, Bob Tsukada Bright, Mandy Ure & John Hughes, Tiffany Charrington & Matt Martin and more. The Museum of Futures, 117 Brighton Road, Surbiton KT6 5NJ. Free.
Wed 6 March, 6pm-9pm. “These Are Scores”: Irene Revell leads a workshop involving collective reading, group discussion and performance of scores by artists, composers and writers including Alison Knowles, Annea Lockwood and Pauline Oliveros. Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 6DG. £5/£4. Book now.
Wed 6 March, 7pm. The Gaelic Garden of the Dead by MacGillivray (Launch): MacGillivray reads to launch a new collection, The Gaelic Garden of the Dead. Plus more poetry from Chris McCabe, Jeremy Reed, Niall McDevitt and AR Thompson. The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury WC1N 1JD. £5.
Wed 6 March, 8pm. Earwax: The Earwax collective of writers, musicians, sound artists and DJs presents responses to the venue’s collection of work by female poets. National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. £7/£5.60 plus booking fee. Book now.
Thu 7 March, 7pm. Disintegration: Writer Rachel Pimm and media archaeologist Lori E Allen present a new sound- and text-based performance work incorporating the geology, archaeology and chemistry of the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia. Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel E1 7QX. £5/£3.50. Book now.
Thu 7 March, 7pm. Queers Read This (3): An evening of readings, film and performance by Helen Cammock, Caspar Heinemann, D Mortimer, Richard Porter and Isabel Waidner. ICA, The Mall, St. James’s SW1Y 5AH. £7/£6. Book now.
Thu 7 March, 7pm. Contraband Three Book Launch: Performances to launch books by John Gibbens (read by Armorel Weston and friends), Adrian Clarke and Paul Ingram. The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell EC1R 0EG. Free.
Thu 7 March, 7pm. Translation as a Prism: Diffracting Languages: Poet Khashayar Naderehvandi and academic Lucie Kim-Chi Mercier discuss how historical legacies can be reconfigured through translation. The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, Earl’s Court SW5 0SW. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 7 March, 7.30pm. Famished by Cherry Smyth: Cherry Smyth performs Famished, her poetic sequence about the Irish Famine, with musical accompaniment by Ed Bennett and Lauren Kinsella. London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, Camden NW1 9XB. £7/£5. Book now.
Fri 8 March, 6pm (opening event), then Sat 9 March – Sat 11 May, Thu & Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 1pm-6pm. Mother Tongue/ Родная речь: Exhibition by Yevgeniy Fiks, exploring historical gay Russian argot. Opening event features panel discussion with Fiks, Sarah Wilson, Juliet Jacques and Dan Healey. Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury WC1A 2TA. Exhibition free. Opening event free but bookable; book now.
Fri 8 March, 7pm. Wretched Strangers – Poetry Reading: Readings from Wretched Strangers, an anthology of UK-based poets born overseas. Featuring Tim Atkins, Agnes Lehoczky, Agnieszka Studzinska, Katherine E Bash, Ana Seferovic, Angelina D’Roza, Serena Breida, Luke McMullan, Anthony Howell, Iris Colomb, Astra Papachristodoulou, Alex Houen, Geoff Gilbert, Monika Genova, James Byrne, Lila Matsumoto, JR Carpenter and JT Welsch. The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE. £4 (with £2 off the cost of the book). Book now.
Sat 9 March, 10.30am-4.30pm. After Arcadia: Ian Hamilton Finlay: One-day course exploring artist and concrete poet Ian Hamilton Finlay’s practice as an integrated way of making. Tutor: Tamar Joseloff. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. Sold out.
Sat 9 March, 4pm-6pm. Writers Forum Workshop – New Series: Workshop for poets to share new work that pushes the boundaries of their art. The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX. Free.
Sat 9 March, 6pm. New Daughters of Africa: Launch event for Margaret Busby’s new, global anthology of writing by women of African descent, New Daughters of Africa. Participants TBC, but the anthology includes many exciting poets. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. £22 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sat 9 March, 7.30pm. Bertolt Brecht: The Poet Now: Translators David Constantine and Tom Kuhn, plus actor Janet Suzman, read work by radical poet Bertolt Brecht, accompanied by live music. Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG. £9.50 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sun 10 March, 5pm. Dreamers: When the Writers Took Power: Volker Weidermann and Rebecca Abrams discuss the role of writers, including poet Rainer Maria Rilke, in the People’s State of Bavaria after the First World War. Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG. £14.50 + £3 booking fee. Book now.
Sun 10 March, 6pm. An Evening with the Poet Titos Patrikios: Speeches and recitations to celebrate the poetry of Titos Patrikios, who will then be in conversation with poet Antonis D Skiathas. Plus music by pianist Antimo Magnotta, and a stage presentation by students from St Sophia’s School. Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone W1U 5AS. £15/£10. Book now.
Sun 10 March, 7pm. artBLAB: An evening of talks and discussion with artists, writers and designers. Featuring poet Astra Papachristodoulou and more speakers TBA. Canvas Cafe, 42 Hanbury Street, Shoreditch E1 5JL. Pricing TBC.
Sun 10 March, 7.15pm. Earwax X Sprint: An evening of music, poetry and performance with women’s sound-making collective Earwax. Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, Euston NW1 2PY. £12/£10. Book now.
Sun 10 March, Doors 7.30pm, performances 8pm. Beatriz Ferreyra + Eliane Radigue & Alison Knowles Performed by Angharad Davies / Rhodri Davies / Dominic Lash: Davies, Davies and Lash perform works by experimental composers Ferreyra and Radigue, and by Fluxus artist/writer Alison Knowles. Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL. £12 advance or £10 on the door. Book now.
Tue 12 – Thu 14 March, Tue & Wed 9am-6.30pm, Thu 9am-5pm. London Book Fair: Festival and conference for international publishers. Though primarily commercial, the fair hosts some interesting seminars, including: Redactions / Redirections: Poetry and the Digital (Tue 1pm); Contemporary Kazakh Culture in the Global World (Tue 5.15pm); The Maltese Literary Scene, chaired by poet Jen Calleja (Wed 3.30pm); an in-conversation with poet Raymond Antrobus (Wed 4pm); Taboo, featuring Indonesian poet Norman Erikson Pasaribu (Wed 4pm); Crossing Boundaries: Women Writers in Indonesia, featuring poet Laksmi Pamuntjak (Thu 11am); and Margaret Busby on her anthology New Daughters of Africa (Thu 11am). Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington W14 8UX. £45. Book now.
Tue 12 March, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Translate Brazilian Poet and Artist Carla Diacov: Poetry Translation Centre workshop on Carla Diacov’s poetry. Open to all, no knowledge of Portuguese required. Workshop leader: Annie McDermott. The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
Tue 12 March, 7.30pm. Shearsman Reading: Frances Presley launches her new collection Ada Unseen, plus more poetry with Anthony Caleshu. Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury WC1A 2TH. Free.
Tue 12 March, 7.30pm. Poetry at the Print Room: Rachael Allen and Raymond Antrobus read their work. Print Room at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill W11 3LB. £10. Book now.
Wed 13 March, 6pm. Ezra Pound Cantos Reading Group: A session on Pound’s ‘Canto XCIV’. Room 234, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free.
Wed 13 March, 7pm-9pm. Reading Louis Zukofsky’s 80 Flowers, Session V: Reading group on Louis Zukofsky’s sequence 80 Flowers, this time reading ‘Chrysanthemum’ to ‘Tulip’. Email alexander.grafen.16[at]ucl.ac.uk for more information. Room 239, Foster Court, UCL, Gower Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 6BT. Free.
Wed 13 March, 7.30pm. 87.4: Poetry with Jasmine Gibson, John Rufo, James Goodwin, Ed Luker and Cassandra Troyan. The Roebuck, 50 Great Dover Street, Southwark SE1 4YG. £5/£4/£3.
Thu 14 March – Wed 3 April; ‘for opening hours call 020 7487 5060.’ The Desert Behind: Collaborative exhibition by poet Natalie Katsou and photographer Yiannis Katsaris, chronicling their explorations of Morocco. Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone W1U 5AS. Free.
Thu 14 March, 6.45pm. Poetry Playback · The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus: Raymond Antrobus reads his collection The Perseverance. Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Road, Hoxton N1 7RW. £5; £5.77 in advance. Book now.
Thu 14 March, 8pm. Indonesian Poets in London: Readings by Indonesian poets Avianti Armand and Laksmi Pamuntjak, plus a Q&A chaired by Will Harris. National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. Free but bookable. Book now.
Fri 15 March, 9.30am-6pm. Museum Engagement as Speculative Design: Symposium on how museum design promotes debate about the themes of collections. Speakers include poet Amy Cutler. Lecture Theatre, Camberwell College of Arts, 45–65 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UF. £5/£3. Book now.
Fri 15 March, 5.30pm. Marxism in Culture Seminar: Rose-Anne Gush gives a talk about how filmmakers and writers, including poet Ingeborg Bachmann, resisted legacies of Nazism in post-war Austrian culture. Seminar Room 3 & 4, UCL History of Art Department, 20 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury WC1H 0AW.
Sat 16 and Sun 17 March, 10.30am-5pm each day. Creative Masterclass for Writers and Translators: Two-day course on using translation techniques to create new prose and poetry. Tutor: Jen Calleja. Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road. NW1 2DB. £185/£167/£157. Book now.
Sat 16 March, 10.30am-4.30pm. Technicians of the Sacred: The Poem as a Magical Event: One-day course taking inspiration from Jerome Rothenberg’s seminal anthology Technicians of the Sacred. Participants will complete writing exercises to charge their poems with the ancient power of charm, spell, hymn and hex. Tutor: Sascha Akhtar. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. £72. Book now.
Sat 16 March, 12pm. DVD Preview: Doctor Who – The Macra Terror (Animated): Screening of an reconstruction of a lost Doctor Who story from 1967, matching animation to an audio recording of the original, which features voice acting by poet Denis Goacher. Plus Q&A with actor Anneke Wills. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1 8XT. £27 (includes DVD). Book now.
Sat 16 March, 2pm-4pm. Radical Read-In with Eileen Myles and CAConrad: Collective, silent reading experience led by U.S. poets Eileen Myles and CAConrad., in connection with the venue’s film-poem exhibition Crone Music (See ‘Exhibitions’, above). Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 6DG. Free.
Tue 19 – Sun 24 March, 12pm-4pm daily. Personalised (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals, with CAConrad: U.S. poet CAConrad will devise a personalised ritual to inspire your poetry. This activity ties in with the venue’s film-poem exhibition Crone Music (see above). Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 6DG. Free but you must book a slot. Book now.
Tue 19 March, 7pm-9pm. Avant-Garde Study Group: Reading group session on the Black Mountain College pedagogy of poet Charles Olson and textile artist Anni Albers. See the link for how to sign up to receive reading materials. Room 106, School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury WC1H 0PD. Free.
Wed 20 March, 5.30pm. Life vs Fiction: Discussion and readings with memoirist and poetry scholar Philip Tew, novelist Nick Hubble, and Brunel University students, all responding to the university’s Burnett Archive of Working-Class Autobiographies. Room BANN 226, Brunel Library, Brunel University London, Uxbridge UB8 3PQ. Free but bookable. Book now.
Wed 20 March, 6.30pm-8.30pm. The Desert Behind – Private View and Book Launch: Launch of The Desert Behind by poet Natalie Katsou and photographer Yiannis Katsaris, chronicling their explorations of Morocco. Plus private view of their eponymous exhibition (see above). Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone W1U 5AS. Free.
Wed 20 March, 7pm. Two Poets Talking: Readings and conversation with U.S. poets CAConrad and Eileen Myles, in connection with the venue’s film-poem exhibition Crone Music (See ‘Exhibitions’, above). Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 6DG. £8/£7. Book now.
Wed 20 March, 7pm. Queen Mob’s Tea House Reading: An evening of poetry hosted by online journal Queen Mob’s Tea House, featuring Astra Papachristodoulou and more TBA. Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town NW5 2RX. Pricing TBC.
Wed 20 March, 7pm. Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 Shortlist Readings: Readings by shortlisted nominees for this annual award for small press publications. Shortlist TBA, but the longlist includes several books by poets: Chris McCabe’s novel Dedalus, Jean Frémon’s book about Louise Bourgeois Now, Now, Louison, and Kitch, Anthony Joseph’s fictional biography of calypsonian Lord Kitchener. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, Bloomsbury WC1A 2JL. £10. Book now.
Wed 20 March, 7.30pm. Reveries about Language: Immersive, live performance of multilingual poetry, featuring poet Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani Mina Ray and sound artist Alo Allik, followed by discussion with the performers and performance director Catherine Boyle. Pinter Studio, 339 Mile End Road, Stepney E1 4FQ. Free but bookable. Book now.
Wed 20 March, 7.30pm. National Poetry Competition 40th Anniversary Readings: Readings by poets who have gained recognition through the National Poetry Competition, including Mary Jean Chan, Fran Lock and Caleb Parkin. Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG. £12.50/£9.50 plus booking fee. Book now.
Fri 22 March, 7pm. CAConrad and Eileen Myles!!: US Poets CAConrad and EIleen Myles read their work. Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road, Haggerston E8 4AA. Sold out..
Sat 23 March, 11.30am and 5pm; Sun 24 March, 7.50pm. Once and Future Europe: Triptych of poetic performances inspired by legendary European states: a piece about Lyonesse by Dom Bury, a collaboration using found objects and cut-up poetry by Charles Webber and Mick Wood, and a dance theatre piece based on poems by CP Cafavy. Ye Olde Mitre, 1 Ely Court, Ely Place, Clerkenwell EC1N 6SJ. £20/£15. Book now.
Sat 23 March, 2pm-4pm. Write-in, with Eileen Myles: Silent writing activity led by U.S. poet Eileen Myles, in connection with the venue’s film-poem exhibition Crone Music (See ‘Exhibitions’, above). Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 6DG. Free.
Sat 23 March, 6pm. Readings and Performances Towards a Philosophy of Jet Lag: Artists Mohamed Almusibli, Deborah Joyce Holman, Marilyn Umurungi and Jan Vorisek perform textual and sound works responding to the disorientations  of international travel. Auto Italia South East, 44 Bonner Road, Bethnal Green E2 9JS. Free but bookable. Book now.
Sat 23 March, 7.30pm. Launch of WITCH: Rebecca Tamás reads to launch her new collection WITCH. Plus more poetry from Jane Yeh, AK Blakemore and Sophie Robinson. The Bell , 50 Middlesex Street, Spitalfields E1 7EX. Free but RSVP to events@pennedinthemargins.co.uk.
Mon 25 March, 6.30pm. WS Graham Book Club: Reading group to discuss WS Graham’s New Selected Poems. National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. Free but bookable. Book now.
Mon 25 March, 7.30pm. Cherry Smyth – ‘Famished’ – W/ Ed Bennett & Lauren Kinsella: Cherry Smyth performs Famished, her poetic sequence about the Irish Famine, with musical accompaniment by Ed Bennett and Lauren Kinsella. Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL. £6 advance or £8 on the door. Book now.
Tue 26 March, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Translate Tamil Poetry by Latha: Poetry Translation Centre workshop on Latha’s poetry. Open to all, no knowledge of Tamil required. Workshop leader: Shash Trevett. The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
Wed 27 March, 6pm. Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar: Andrew Duncan on a topic TBA. Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free.
Wed 27 March, 7pm-9pm. Reading Louis Zukofsky’s 80 Flowers, Session VI: Reading group on Louis Zukofsky’s sequence 80 Flowers, this time reading ‘Crocus’ to ‘Lilac’. Email alexander.grafen.16[at]ucl.ac.uk for more information. Room 239, Foster Court, UCL, Gower Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 6BT.
Wed 28 March, 7.30pm. Unchained Nights #3: Poetry and music by artists with lived experience of the criminal justice system. Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, Whitechapel E1 6AB. £8/£5. Book now.
Fri 29 and Sat 30 March, timings TBC. Memories of the Future: Conference exploring what it means to remember the future. What roles do memory, history and the past play in our consciousness as citizens of the early twenty-first century? Confirmed speakers include concrete poetry expert Stephen Bann. Venue and pricing TBC – presumably at a site within the University of London.
Fri 29 March, 7.15pm. Diary as Art Form: Jiří Kolář and Diary 1968: Curator and artist Milena Kalinovská presents poet Jiří Kolář’s Diary 1968, a key work of the Czech avant-garde. Knowledge Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB. £12/£10/£8. Book now.
Sat 30 March, 12pm-5pm. RFest: Readings hosted by Royal Holloway University of London. 12pm: Students from RHUL’s MA Poetry pathway. 1.30pm: Students from RHUL’s MA Poetic Practice pathway. 2.45pm: Launch of two new prose volumes by Grand Iota Press: Brian Marley’s Apropos Jimmy Inkling and Wild Metrics by Ken Edwards. 4pm: Poetry with Harry Gilonis and Sophie Robinson Royal Holloway University of London, 11 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3RF. Free.

 

April 2019

Mon 1 April, 7.30pm. Exiled Writers: Hear exiled writers read their work. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. £5; £3 for asylum seekers.
Tue 2 April – Sun 30 June, Tue-Sun 11am-8pm. Opening event Tue 2 April, 7.30pm. The Typographic Dante: Exhibition of Barrie Tullett’s typographic illustrations responding to Dante’s Divine Comedy. National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. Exhibition free. Opening event free but bookable – bookings currently open only to Southbank members.
Wed 3 April, 8pm. Long Poem Magazine 10th Anniversary Celebration: Mimi Khalvati, Penelope Shuttle, Anne Ryland, Mark Goodwin, Timothy Ades and Adnan al-Sayegh read to mark 10 years of this important journal. National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. Free but bookable – bookings currently open only to Southbank members.
Thu 4 April, 2pm. Author’s Angst: Exploration of manuscripts submitted to Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications in the 1980s, including poetry collections. London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Farringdon EC1R 0HB. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 4 April, 7pm. European Poetry Festival 2019 Opening Night: Writers’ Centre Kingston hosts poetry with a Norwegian focus. Jon Ståle Ritland, Morten Langeland, Silje Ree, and Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset launch new publications, plus more poetry from Maren Nygård, Alessandro Burbank, Katerina Koulouri, Harry Man, SJ Fowler, Olga Kolesnikova, Julia Rose Lewis, Marcia Knight Latter and Helena Artus. Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL. Free.
Fri 5 & Sat 6 April, 10am-7.30pm on Sat, 9am-6.30pm on Sun. Remembering the Middle Ages? Reception, Identity, Politics: Conference about ‘cultural memory’ of the Middle Ages. Includes poetry readings by Vahni Capildeo and Ian Duhig. Friday morning sessions at Bush House, King’s College London, 30 Aldwych, Westminster WC2B 4BG. All other sessions at Fisher Hall, University of Notre Dame, 1-4 Suffolk Street, Trafalgar Square, Westminster SW1Y 4HG. Free but bookable. Book now.
Sat 6 April, 7pm. Somewhere In Between: Borders and Borderlands: International conference seeking to identify and analyse the processes of border-making and border permeability in contemporary societies through aesthetic forms, including ‘border poetics’. Provisional venue: Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury WC1H 0PD. £100 – registration not yet open.
Sat 6 April, 7.30pm. The European Camarade: Collaborative performances by poets from around Europe, featuring Pierre Alferi & Christodoulos Makris, Maria Malinovskaya & Jon Ståle Ritland, Leonce Lupette & Alessandro Burbank, Iris Colomb & Fabian Faltin, Maja Jantar & SJ Fowler, Sophie Carolin Wagner & Harry Man, Patrick Savolainen & Serena Braida, Muanis Sinanovic & Amadej Kraljevič, Anastasia Mina & Helen Michael, Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset & Simone Lappert, Theodoros Chiotis & Andras Gerevich, Robert Elekes & Ricardo Marques, Olga Stehlíková & Simona Nastac, Cosmin Perta & Yekta, Astra Papachristodoulou & Lina Buividavičiūtė. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA. Free.
Sun 7 April, 7.30pm. Back into the Mouth – A Celebration of Sound Poetry: Performances by sound poets from around Europe, featuring Maja Jantar, Fabian Faltin, Leonce Lupette, Alessandro Burbank, Dovydas Laurinaitis, Cosmin Perta, Yekta, Robert Elekes, Iga Maria Szczepańska, Pierre Alferi and Olga Stehlíková. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane Lambeth SE1 7LG. Free.
Mon 8 April, 7.30pm. Swiss Poetry in Collaboration: Performances featuring poets from Switzerland, including collaborations by Simone Lappert & Karen Sandhu, Michelle Steinbeck & Jen Calleja, Vanni Bianconi & Saleh Addonia, Patrick Savolainen & SJ Fowler, and Michael Fehr & Daniele Pantano, plus solo performances by Andras Gerevich, Amadej Kraljevic, Maria Malinskovskaya and Ricardo Marques. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. Free.
Tue 9 April, 6pm. Worshipping the Golden Calf: Madame Strindberg’s Cabaret Theatre Club: Jo Cottrell gives a talk about Frida Strindberg’s Cabaret Theatre Club, a favourite venue for Vorticist artists and poets in early 20th-century London. City & Islington College Centre for Lifelong Learning, 28-42 Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park N4 2DG. Free but bookable. Book now.
Tue 9 April, 7.30pm. Shearsman Reading: Poetry with Jon Thompson and another reader TBA. Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury WC1A 2TH. Free.
Wed 10 April, 10.30am – 1pm. Riddle of the Sphinx: Poetry and the Mysterious: Writing workshop exploring the use of mystery in poems, drawing on poets like Kathleen Raine, André Breton, WS Graham and Jorie Graham. Tutor: Lavinia Singer. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £35. Book now.
Wed 10 April, 6pm. Ezra Pound Cantos Reading Group: David Moody leads a session on Pound’s ‘Canto CVIII’. Room 234, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free.
Wed 10 April, 7pm. Bald Black Girl(s): Premiere of the afrofuturist poetry-film Reign, plus poetry readings by Anita Barton-Williams and Victoria Adukwei Bulley, and discussion featuring the film’s creator Ruth Sutoyé, gal-dem magazine editor Liv Little, and more. Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, Farringdon EC1R 3GA. £10/£7/£2. Book now.
Wed 10 April, 7pm. Austrian Poetry in Collaboration: Performances featuring poets from Austria, including collaborations between Sophie-Carolin Wagner & Nick Murray, Fabian Faltin & SJ Fowler, and more TBC; plus solo readings by John Mateer, Keti Chukhrov, Mathura, Han Smith and Konstantinos Papacharalampos. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge SW7 1PQ. Free.
Thu 11 April, 10.30am-1pm. Beg, Borrow, Steal: Quotation, Allusion and Intertextuality: Writing workshop exploring how to use others’ words in new work, inspired by poets like Denise Riley, Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Daisy Lafarge. Tutor: Helen Charman. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £35. Book now.
Thu 11 April, 2pm-4.30pm. Pop, Prophecy and the Profane: Writing workshop exploring rhythms of speech, prayer and prophecy in poetry, drawing on poets like DH Lawrence, Pablo Neruda and Kate Bush. Tutor: Keiran Goddard. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £35. Book now.
Thu 11 April, doors 7pm, readings 7.30pm. Latvia in London: Readings by Latvian poets Inga Gaile, Artis Ostups, Inga Pizāne, and Krišjānis Zeļģis, plus more poetry from Mathura, Muanis Sinanovic, Tatiana Faia and Ana Seferovic. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road, Haggerston E8 4AA. Free.
Fri 12 and Sat 13 April, times TBC. Corroding the Now: 2-day conference about intersections between poetry and science / science fiction. Confirmed speakers include Alex Goody, Melinda Gebbie, Allen Fisher and Iain Sinclair. Venue in Bloomsbury TBC. Pricing and booking information TBC.
Fri 12 April, 10.30am-1pm. Eat Your Words: Poetry and Food: Writing workshop exploring memories of food in poetry, drawing on poets like Zilka Joseph, Hannah Lowe, Kamau Brathwaite and Fred Wah. Tutor: Sean Wai Keung. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £35. Book now.
Fri 12 April, 2pm-4.30pm. Poetry and Violence: Writing workshop on ways of poetically confronting acts of violence, drawing on poets like JH Prynne, Warsan Shire and Verity Spott. Tutor: Ed Luker. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £35. Book now.
Sat 13 April, 10.30am-1pm. Typography for Poets: Workshop on the use of typography in poetry. Tutor: James Harding. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £35. Book now.
Sat 13 April, 2pm-4.30pm. Bodies and Botanies in Contemporary Experimental Poetry: Workshop exploring surprising intersections of bodies and botanies in contemporary experimental poetry, considering work by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Elisabeth Bletsoe, Susan Howe and Redell Olsen. Tutor: Srishti Krishnamoorthy-Cavell. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £35. Book now.
Sat 13 April, 4pm-6pm. Writers Forum Workshop – New Series: Workshop for poets to share new work that pushes the boundaries of their art. The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX. Free.
Sun 14 April, 2pm-4.30pm. Patterned Language: Writing workshop exploring the use of pattern in poetry, drawing on poets like bpNichol, Derek Beaulieu and Christian Bök. Tutor: Nasser Hussain. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £35. Book now.
Tue 16 April, 6pm. Gresham College Lecture: Text Mining: A Test of Character: Richard Harvey lectures on the history of automated text processing, including possibilities for computer-generated poetry. Museum of London, 150 London Wall, City of London EC2Y 5HN. Free.
Wed 17 April, 6pm. Ezra Pound Cantos Reading Group: Svetlana Ehtee leads a session on Pound’s ‘Canto LXXII’ and ‘Canto LXXIII’. Room 234, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free.
Tue 23 April, 7pm-9pm, then fortnightly until Tue 2 July. Bearing Witness in Poetry: Six-session, fortnightly course uncovering how poetry enables the naming of what has been forbidden or the utterance of what is unspeakable, drawing on poets like Carolyn Forché, Adrienne Rich, Kei Miller and Terrance Hayes. Tutor: Mary Jean Chan. Foyle Pavilion, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. £90 plus booking fee. Bookings currently open only to Southbank members.
Wed 24 April, 6pm. Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar: Alison Gibb on a topic TBA. Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free.
Sat 27 April, 7pm. Poem Brut: An exploration of artistic creative writing, with poets and artists TBA. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA. Pricing TBC.
Tue 30 April, 6.45pm-8.45pm, then the same time each Tue until 2 July. The Urban Pastoral: 10-week reading course exploring how poets like Frank O’Hara and Roy Fisher have reimagined urban space. Tutors: Tim Dooley and Tamar Yoseloff. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £171. Book now.
Tue 30 April, 6.45pm-8.45pm, then the same time fortnightly until 25 June. Total Syntax: A Crash Course in Grammar, Diction & Phrasemaking: 5-session, fortnightly writing course exploring poetic innovation through syntax, fragmentation, grammar and constraint, drawing on poets like Claudia Rankine, Gertrude Stein and Charles Olson. Tutor: Dai George. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £90. Book now.

 

May 2019

Wed 1 May, 8pm. National Poetry Library Lates: South Korean poets Kim Hyesoon and Don Mee Choi read their work. Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. £10 plus booking fee. Bookings currently open only to Southbank members.
Thu 2 May, 6.30pm. HG Adler: A Life in Many Worlds: Panel discussion about sound poet, novelist and Holocaust scholar HG Adler. Featuring biographer George Prochnik, Adler’s translator Peter Filkins, poetry scholar Katrin Kohl and HG Adler’s son, poet Jeremy Adler. Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury WC1B 5DP. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 2 May, 6.45pm-8.45pm, then fortnightly until Thu 27 June. Space, Time: Writing Long Poems & Sequences: 5-session, fortnightly writing course on constructing long poems and poem sequences, drawing on poets like Denise Riley, Frank O’Hara, Claudia Rankine, Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Rebecca Tamás, Sophie Collins, Nisha Ramayya, and WS Graham. Tutor: Helen Charman. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £90. Book now.
Fri 3 May, 7pm. Poetry and… the Havoc of the Body: A talk by medical author Gavin Francis, and a poetry reading by Linda Gregerson. The Chapel, King’s Building, Strand Campus, Strand, Westminster WC2R 2LS. Free but bookable. Book now.
Sat 4 May, 11am-4pm. Book Sculpture Workshop: Learn to create small, sculptural books using experimental bookbinding techniques. All materials provided. Workshop leader: Isabel Moseley. William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4PP. £50/£38. Book now.
Tue 7 May, 6.45pm-8.45pm, then fortnightly until Tue 2 July. Un-Canon/Ca-NON: 5-session, fortnightly course exploding the established literary canon, and unearthing new multiplicities for poetry. Tutor: Will Harris. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £90. Book now.
Sat 11 & Sun 12 May, 10.30am-4.30pm each day. Extrasensory Perceptions: Fortean Poetry: Two-day writing workshop channelling poems from phenomena beyond human understanding. Tutor: Caleb Parkin. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £144. Book now.
Sat 11 May, 10.30am-2.30pm. Revolutionary Aesthetics: Workshop on modernist innovation in Russian literature and visual art during the 1910s, including consideration of poets like Andrei Bely, Aleksandr Blok, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Velimir Khlebnikov. Tea and biscuits provided. Workshop leader: Josephine von Zitzewitz. Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury WC1A 2TA. £40. Book now.
Sat 11 May, 4pm-6pm. Writers Forum Workshop – New Series: Workshop for poets to share new work that pushes the boundaries of their art. The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX. Free.
Tue 14 May, 6pm. Literary London Reading Group: Robert Hampson leads a session on ‘”Urban Poetics”: London Poetry in the 1970s’. Reading materials will be posted in advance on the linked site. Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free.
Tue 14 May, 7.30pm. Shearsman Reading: Poetry with Barry Hill and another reader TBA. Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury WC1A 2TH. Free.
Wed 15 May, 6pm. Ezra Pound Cantos Reading Group: John Gery leads a session. Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free.
Wed 22 – Sat 25 May, 7.45pm each night. Four Quartets: Collaborative, multimedia performance of TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, with choreography by Pam Tanowitz, music by Kaija Saariaho, visuals by Brice Marden and narration by Kathleen Chalfant. Thu 23 May has a members-only pre-show talk at 6pm; Fri 24 May is a captioned performance and includes a post-show talk. Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS. £25-£45. Book now.
Sat 25 May, 10.30am-4.30pm. Out for the Count: Syllabics: Writing workshop on syllabics in poetry, drawing on poets like Elizabeth Daryush, Marianne Moore, Yvor Winters and Thom Gunn. Tutor: Michael Schmidt. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £72. Book now.
Wed 29 May, 6pm. Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar: Vincent Broqua on a topic TBA. Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free.

 

June 2019

Wed 5 June, 8pm. Out of Body Experience: Kate Davis, Abi Palmer and Meryl Pugh read poetry reflecting on disability, gender, place and the body. National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £7 plus booking fee. Booking currently open only to Southbank members.
Sat 8 June, 4pm-6pm. Writers Forum Workshop – New Series: Workshop for poets to share new work that pushes the boundaries of their art. The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX. Free.
Sun 9 June, 6pm. Kate Whitley & The Multi-Story Orchestra: A concert intertwining spoken word and music about love, exploring relationships between sound and text through both sung poetry and live readings interspersed with music. Featuring new music by Kate Whitley, Ravel’s settings of Mallarmé, and poetry by Sabrina Mahfouz and more. KIngs Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG. £16.50/£9.50 plus booking fee. Book now.
Wed 12 June, 6pm. Ezra Pound Cantos Reading Group: Nick Selby leads a session on Pound’s ‘Canto XCV’. Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free.
Fri 14 and Sat 15 June, times TBC. Canon? Practice? Commodity? The Past, Present and Future of the Literary Anthology: Conference about the role of anthologies in forming and challenging canons. Call for papers open until Thu 28 February 2019 – the organisers seem especially interested in papers about poetry anthologies. Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, Stepney E1 4NS. Rooms and pricing TBC.
Fri 14 June, 8pm. The Jeanne Lee Project: Elaine Mitchener and friends present a programme of works in celebration of sound poet, jazz singer and Fluxus artist Jeanne Lee. Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG. £16.50/£9.50 plus booking fee. Book now.
Thu 20 – Sat 22 June, timings TBC. Troublesome Modernisms: British Association for Modernist Studies International Conference 2019, exploring what can be drawn from modernism’s troubled relationship with its own pasts, presents and futures. Keynote speakers include Douglas Mao. Call for papers open until 31 January 2019 for papers, or 28 February 2019 for other proposals. Venue and pricing TBC.
Wed 26 June, 6pm. Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar: Georgina Colby on a topic TBA. Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free.
Sat 29 June, 10.30am-4.30pm. The Carer: Poetry of Private & Public Spaces: Writing workshop exploring how to give voice to care-givers and the cared-for. Tutor: Denise Saul. The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £72. Book now.

 

July 2019

Tue 2 July, 7.15pm. Ocean Vuong: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: Vietnamese-American poet Ocean Vuong reads from his debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £12 plus booking fee. Currently bookable by South Bank members only.
Fri 12 – Sun 14 July, times TBC. IMEC International Meaning Conference 2019: The Social Power of Meaning: Three days of workshops and lectures about finding meaning in the modern world. Includes poet Scott Thurston on poetry and choreography. Rooms and building TBC, Birkbeck, University of London. Early bird prices £54.49-£399.45 available until Mon 31 December – book now.

 

September 2019

Thu 5 September – Sun 8 September, times TBC. London Art Book Fair: Stalls run by cutting-edge publishers from around the world, selling art books and magazines. Early bird discounts on stallholder fees available until Fri 15 February – details here. Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel E1 7QX. Entry fee (if any) TBC.
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.
Sat 21 and Sun 22 September, times TBC. International Conference on Poetry Studies: “Poetry Between Creation and Interpretation“: Conference about poetry, poetics and translation. Call for papers open until Tue 30 April. Venue TBC. £160/£140; booking not yet open.

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.
  • 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.