Innovative Poetry Readings in London

Precautions are in force to minimise the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in London and throughout the UK. These include closures of event venues, plus restrictions on public assembly. Most live events for the immediate future have been cancelled, postponed, or moved online.

In light of this, the ‘Innovative Poetry Readings in London’ calendar of events is currently focused on online provision by London poets and organisations. A small number of London venues are reopening; information about poetry activities there, and about in-person events planned for further in the future, is included in a separate table below. If venturing out, please take the utmost care over your health and that of others, and bear in mind that cancellations may occur at short notice in light of the ongoing pandemic.

If you would like to engage with poetry online from the comfort of your home, the poet Peter Philpott has assembled useful lists of links to online resources at www.modernpoetry.org.uk. If you are missing the experience of hearing innovative poetry performed aloud, his list of audio and video sites – http://www.modernpoetry.org.uk/av.html – may be of special interest.

If you would like to add anything to these lists, please email us at cprc.readings@gmail.com, or contact us via Facebook.

Time-specific online events

Fri 23 October, 11am. Diagram Research Group Event II: Flat Time House welcomes artist Mary Yacoob to lead a Diagram Research Group discussion on ‘Addressing Space-Time Diagrams, Kinetics, Notation, and Flat Time’. Free.
Fri 23 October, 2pm. Najwan Darwish, Atef Alshaer & Paul Batchelor: The Poetry Translation Centre and Manchester Literature Festival host Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish, plus his translators Atef Alshaer and Paul Batchelor, for readings and discussion of Darwish’s collection Embrace. £20/£12/£6/free (pay what you can), booking required.
Fri 23 October, 6.30pm. Rock Talks: Fiona Sampson and Anna Blandiana: The Romanian Cultural Institute presents a discussion with Romanian poet Anna Blandiana. Via Facebook. Free.
Fri 23 October, 7pm. Hellish Love Zoom Event: The Swedenborg Society presents a short film and readings from contributors to its art writing exhibition Hellish Love (see ‘In-person Events’, below). Featuring Stephanie Brown, Louise Camu, Molly Coldicott, Greer Dale-Foulkes, Mengyang Fan, Gertrude Gibbons, Lydia Granger, Malvina Janasik, Sarah Khan, Wesley Knowler, Chenyuan Liang, Binyao Liu, Yuzu Ono, Sicily Scarlet, Maximilian Schuch, Harald Smart and John Vaughan. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Fri 23 October, 7pm. Vallum 17:2 “Space” Launch: Readings, video screenings and discussion to launch the new issue of Vallum magazine, on the theme of space. Featuring Emily Chou, Dawn Macdonald, Greg Santos, Emily Osborne, CM Clark, Aisha Hamid, Kelly Norah Drukker, Bob Brightt, Amy Lerman, John Kerkhoven, Julie Cameron Gray, Brennan Sprague, Michael Quilty, Gavin Liam Logan and Louis Perreault. Via Zoom. Free.
Sat 24 October, 12pm. Romalyn Ante, Will Harris & Nina Mingya Powles: Manchester Literature Festival welcomes Romalyn Ante, Will Harris and Nina Mingya Powles for a reading from their recent collections. £20/£12/£6/free (pay what you can), booking required.
Sat 24 October, 8pm. Sounding the Cosmogram: The Bloomsbury Festival presents a new work by composer Helen Anahita Wilson, using ancient Tantric diagrams as a score for vocal performance. Plus a talk by the composer. Via Zoom. £8/£6, booking required.
Sun 25 October, 3pm. Forward Prizes for Poetry: 2000: The British Library presents readings by nominees for this year’s Forward Prizes for Poetry, including Natalie Diaz, Ella Frears, Will Harris, Rachel Long, Nina Mingya Powles, Martha Sprackland, Malika Booker, Valzhyna Mort and Sarah Tsiang. Free, booking required.
Sun 25 October, 4pm. New Daughters of Africa: Manchester Literature Festival presents readings and discussion of New Daughters of Africa, an anthology of writing by women with African heritage. Featuring London poet Bridget Minamore, plus poets Tjawanga Dema, Aja Monet and Lola Shoneyin, writer Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and editor Margaret Busby. £20/£12/£6/free (pay what you can), booking required.
Sun 25 October, 8pm. Jericho Brown, Rachel Long, Raymond Antrobus & Safiya Sinclair: Manchester Literature Festival presents a reading by London poets Rachel Long and Raymond Antrobus, plus Jericho Brown and Safiya Sinclair. £20/£12/£6/free (pay what you can), booking required.
Tue 27 October, 10am-5pm, then the same time weekly until Tue 24 November. Where Drawing Meets Words: Poet-artist Sophie Herxheimer and artist Emily Haworth-Booth lead a 5-session course for the Royal Drawing School, on combining drawing and writing. £210.
Tue 27 October, 6.30pm. Romania Rocks: Let There Be Poetry: The Romanian Cultural Institute and PEN Romania present readings by Romanian poets Svetlana Cârstean, Claudiu Komartin, Radu Nițescu, Andra Rotaru and Radu Vancu. Via Facebook. Free.
Tue 27 October, 7pm. Launch of Edition of the Fifth Notebook of Dylan Thomas: Sheffield Hallam University, John Goodby and Adrian Osbourne present the launch of an annotated manuscript edition of Dylan Thomas’ Fifth Notebook, which includes notes for poems from his London period. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Wed 28 October – Sat 7 November. Raindance Film Festival: Independent film festival, with a programme including film-poems like Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah’s To the Girl that Looks like Me and Jay Do’s A la Carte. Screening times and prices vary, with many films available to watch online for free throughout the festival (donations welcome).
Wed 28 October, 6pm. Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar: The Institute of English Studies presents a seminar by Georgina Colby on ‘Avant-garde aesthetics and the politics of disidentification’. Via Zoom.
Thu 29 October, 5.30pm. Library of Exile: Future Exiles – Climate Change and Migration: English PEN and the British Museum present a panel on climate change and migration, featuring Inuit/Canadian poet Taqralik Partridge, academic Shaul Bassi and environmental lawyer James Thornton. Free, registration required.
Thu 29 October, 7pm. Poetry Against Homelessness: New River Press presents readings of lockdown work from the I Am Not Who You Think I Am collective of poets who have experienced homelessness. Via YouTube. Free.
Thu 29 October, 7.30pm. Guillemot Press at Chener Books: Dulwich’s Chener Books welcomes Guillemot Press for a poetry reading by Petero Kalulé and David Harsent. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Fri 30 October, 11am. Diagram Research Group Event III: Flat Time House welcomes artist John Cussans to lead a Diagram Research Group discussion on ‘Addressing Space-Time Diagrams, Kinetics, Notation, and Flat Time’. Free.
Fri 30 October, 1pm. Creative Conversations: Bernardine Evaristo: Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival presents a reading and discussion with London poet and novelist Bernardine Evaristo. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Fri 30 October, 7pm. Sascha Akhtar & Juliette van der Molen plus Open Mic: Cheltenham Literature Festival presents a reading by Sascha Akhtar and Juliette van der Molen, plus open mic. Via Zoom. Free, or £3 for open mic participants (see the link for details on acquiring free open mic tickets for the impecunious); booking required.
Fri 30 October, 7pm. Untitled Writers Salon: Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival presents readings by underrepresented writers including London poet Peter Scalpello, plus Nikki Dudley, Ollie Charles, Jaqui Loye-Brown, Iqbal Hussein and Aisha Phoenix. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Fri 30 October, 7pm. The Masque of the Red Death: MayDay Rooms hosts an online screening of Roger Corman’s 1964 Edgar Allen Poe adaptation The Masque of the Red Death, plus a short talk on the film by poet Anne Boyer.
Fri 30 October, 7pm. Launching Origins of the Fire Emoji: Launch event for Origins of the Fire Emoji, a special issue of Modern Poetry in Translation magazine guest edited by Dead [Women] Poets Society. Featuring readings by Zoë Brigley translating Gwerful Mechain, Natalie Linh Bolderston translating Hồ Xuân Hương, and Jessica Wood translating Enheduanna. Via YouTube Live. Free, registration required.
Sat 31 October, 10.30am-4.30pm. GRRR, ARGGH: Poems Inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chrissy Williams leads a workshop on writing poems inspired by the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Via Zoom. £75.
Sat 31 October, 5pm-7pm. HERE / NOT HERE: Film Africa and Deaffest present a watch party for Bim Ajadi’s new film HERE / NOT HERE, which incorporates Visual Vernacular, a choreographic form of sign language poetry. Plus a BSL-interpreted Q&A with Ajadi, writer Jonzi D and cast members. Registration required, donations encouraged.
Sun 1 and Sun 8 November, 2pm-5pm each day. Psychoanalysis “Post-truth”: US Election Special: The Freud Museum hosts a 2-day conference on psychoanalysis in a post-truth era. Speakers include poet Aimee Le. £65/£55, with some £20 bursary tickets available.
Sun 1 November, 7pm BST (2pm EST). The Hexing Circle: A Pre-Election Poetry Reading: Ohio State University presents a poetry reading in preparation for the US election. With British and American poets including London’s Sascha Aurora Akhtar, plus Ruth Awad, Zoe Brigley, Mari Ellis Dunning, Melissa Studdard and Christina Thatcher. Free, registration required.
Mon 2 November – Mon 7 December, with Zoom sessions 7pm-9pm on the first and last dates. Language Diaries: Nina Mingya Powles leads a Poetry School course on writing personal histories of language learning and unlearning, inspired by poets like Layli Long Soldier, Nancy Campbell and Nisha Ramayya, culminating in making a zine. £100.
Mon 2 November, 6.30pm. Rock Talks: Deborah Levy Meets Magda Cârneci: The Romanian Cultural Institute presents a discussion between Romanian poet Magda Cârneci and UK playwright Deborah Levy. Via Facebook. Free.
Mon 2 November, 7.30pm. Launch of A Terrible Thing: Bad Betty Press presents Gita Ralleigh reading to launch her new collection A Terrible Thing. Plus more poetry from Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Anita Pati, Jacqueline Saphra and Daisy Thurston-Gent, and a Q&A. Free, registration required.
Wed 4 November – Wed 2 December. Arrange, Layer, Combine: Poetry & Collage Studio: Zakia Carpenter-Hall leads a 4-week course for the Poetry School, on using collage techniques to revise poems. £79.
Wed 4 November, 7pm. Safe Readings Series: The University of Sheffield’s Centre for Poetry & Poetics and Creative Writing presents a reading by London’s Emily Critchley and Andy Spragg, plus Wanda O’Connor.
Wed 4 October, 7pm. Launch – Liv Wynter’s Don’t Let It Go to Your Head: Liv Wynter reads to launch the poetry collection Don’t Let It Go to Your Head. Via Facebook Live and Instagram Live. Free.
Thu 5 November, 5pm-7.30pm. Green Blues Seminar Series #2: The Poetics Research Centre at Royal Holloway University of London presents an ecopoetry seminar featuring performances and critical presentations by Iris Colomb, Michaela Atienza, Suzannah V Evans, Nat Reeve and more TBA. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Thu 5 November, 7pm. New Daughters of Africa: The London Library hosts a discussion of New Daughters of Africa, an anthology of writing by women of African descent. Featuring poet Karen McCarthy Woolf, plus writers Margaret Busby, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Maaza Mengiste. £5/£3, booking required.
Thu 5 November, 7pm. Daisy Lafarge and Rachael Allen: Life Without Air: The London Review Bookshop welcomes Daisy Lafarge to discuss her new collection Life Without Air with fellow poet Rachael Allen. £10/£5, booking required.
Thu 5 November, 7pm. Collective Dreams: On Water and Solace: The White Review welcomes poet Victoria Adukwei Bulley and writer Caleb Azumah Nelson to discuss their recent essays with poet Belinda Zhawi. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Fri 6 November, 11am. Diagram Research Group Event IV: Flat Time House welcomes artist Dean Kenning to lead a Diagram Research Group discussion on ‘The Riddle of Time Diagram. Entropy, Value and the Social Function of Art’. Free.
Fri 6 November, 6.30pm. Rock Talks: AL Kennedy and Ioana Pârvulescu: The Romanian Cultural Institute presents a discussion between Romanian novelist and poet Ioana Pârvulescu and Scottish writer AL Kennedy. Via Facebook. Free.
Sat 7 November, 12pm. Spoke & Bird #40: The Spoke & Bird event series presents readings by London poets Mary Jean Chan and Khairani Barokka, plus Cat Chong, and a limited number of open mic slots – see the link for how to request a slot. Via Facebook Live. Donations encouraged.
Sun 8 November, – Sun 20 December. The Writing Eye: Exploring Photopoetry & Filmpoetry: SJ Fowler leads a 7-week course on combining poetry with photography and film, inspired by writers and artists like Blaise Cendrars, Hamish Fulton, Susan Hiller and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. £200.
Sun 8 November, 1pm-4pm. Gender Research Workshop: Radical Thinkers: The London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research presents a workshop on major thinkers of feminism, including poet Audre Lorde. £45. Deadline for booking: Wed 30 September.
Mon 9 November, 6.30pm. Rock Talks: Elif Shafak Meets Matei Vișniec: The Romanian Cultural Institute presents a discussion between Romanian poet and writer Matei Vișniec and Turkish-British novelist Elif Shafak. Via Facebook. Free.
Mon 9 November, 7pm. European Poets Night: The Poetry Society presents an international reading featuring Charlotte Van den Broeck (Belgium Flanders), Antonis Skiathas (Greece), Ana Luísa Amaral (Portugal) and Mária Ferenčuhová (Slovakia) and George Szirtes (Hungary/UK). Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Tue 10 November, 4pm. A Look into the Trans Archive: The British Library presents a discussion of Trans people’s role in feminism, featuring poet Nat Raha, curator D-M Withers, scholars Clare Tebbutt and Ann Heilmann, and activist Christine Burns. Free, booking required.
Wed 11 November, 7pm. Lit Licks: The Best New Queer Writing: Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival presents readings by poets and writers Shola von Reinhold, Huw Lemmey, So Mayer, Peter Scalpello, Han Smith, Caspar Heinemann and Rick Dove. Booking required, pay what you can.
Wed 11 November, 7.30pm. Creating a Mosaic of Literature: The British Library presents a talk on Arabic literary translation by Palestinian poet and novelist Liana Badr. Free, booking required.
Thu 12 November, 5pm. Health: The Whitechapel Gallery hosts the launch of the Documents of Contemporary Art anthology Health, featuring discussion with poet Khairani Barokka and others TBC. Booking not yet open.
Thu 12 November, 7pm. Out Else: The reading series Out Else welcomes poets Mark Nowak and Lotte LS to discuss Nowak’s new book Social Poetics. Free.
Tue 17 November, 6.30pm. The Art of Typewriting: The British Academy and the University of Reading present a performance and talk about making art and music with typewriters. Part of the Being Human Festival. Free, registration required.
Tue 17 November, 7pm. Poets in Conversation: Hannah Regel and Nadia de Vries: The White Review welcomes poets Hannah Regel and Nadia de Vries to discuss their work. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Wed 18 November, 7pm. Scottish Spirits: Robin Robertson, Jen Hadfield and Alasdair Roberts: The London Review Bookshop presents poetry readings by Jen Hadfield, Alasdair Roberts and Robin Robertson. Booking required; £10/£5, or free if you buy a copy of Robertson’s new book Grimoire.
Thu 19 November, 6pm. Safe Readings Series: The University of Sheffield’s Centre for Poetry & Poetics and Creative Writing presents a reading by London’s Jeff Hilson, plus Zoe Skoulding and Erin Moure.
Thu 19 November, 7pm. Spoken Word Showcase with Studio12 and Sunday Practise: The British Library presents performances by Yorkshire poets Khadijah Ibrahiim and Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, plus writers from Leeds initiatives Studio12 and the Sunday Practice. Free, registration required.
Thu 19 November, 7pm. Ascent to Saturn: the87press presents a poetry reading by Mira Mattar, Sarona Abuaker, Daniella Valz Gen, Jessie Widner, Callie Gardner, Sabeen Chaudhry, Ed Jarrett and Joe Luna. Via Zoom. £5.98, booking required.
Fri 20 November, 7pm. Are You a Woman?: SOAS University of London welcomes oral storytellers Zipang for a bilingual English/Arabic performance based on an ancient Sumerian poem. Part of the Being Human Festival. Free, registration required.
Fri 20 November, 7.30pm. Anthony Joseph: Battersea Arts Centre and the London Jazz Festival present poet/novelist/musician Anthony Joseph and his band, performing work from the forthcoming album The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running For Their Lives. £10, booking required.
Sat 21 November & Sat 12 December, 2pm-4.30pm each day. Stealing, Copying & Arguing: Ali Lewis leads a 2-session workshop for the Poetry School, on using textual appropriation to write poems, inspired by poets like Devid Melnick, Chrissy Williams, and Roger Robinson. £75.
Sat 21 November, 5.30pm. Playful Hybrid Forms: Sheaf Poetry Festival presents a reading of cross-genre poetry by London’s Abi Palmer, plus JR Carpenter. Booking required, donations encouraged.
Sun 22 November, 2.30pm. Tom Sastry, Phoebe Stuckes, Will Harris: Sheaf Poetry Festival presents a reading by London’s Will Harris, plus Phoebe Stuckes and Tom Sastry. Booking required, donations encouraged.
Sun 22 November, 4pm. Poetry and Translation: The Poetry Translation Centre and Sheaf Poetry Festival present a discussion of translation and witnessing alongside readings from Palestinian poet Najwan
Darwish, his translators Atef Alshaer and Paul Batchelor, and Indian poet Arundhathi Subramaniam. Booking required, donations encouraged.
Wed 25 November, 6pm. Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar: The Institute of English Studies presents a seminar by Rowan Evans on ‘An Old English Poetics of Charm in the British Poetry Revival’. Via Zoom.
Thu 26 November, 5.30pm. Library of Exile: No Frontiers – Celebrating Writing in Translation: English PEN and the British Museum present a panel on translation’s role in breaking down barriers, featuring Chinese poet Ma Jian, his translator Flora Drew, and Syrian author Dima Wannous. Free, registration required.
Fri 27 November, 7.30pm. Broken Sleep Books Showcase: Broken Sleep Books presents a reading by London’s Ed Luker, plus Aaron Kent, Zoë Brigley, Ricky Ray, George Ttoouli, Miles Bradley and Lauren Garland. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Sat 28 November and Sat 12 December, 2pm-4.30pm each day. Euphony: Poetic Sound & the Subconscious: Martha Sprackland leads a 2-session Poetry School workshop on using sound when writing poems. £75.
Mon 30 November, 8pm. Coffee-House Poetry: US poet Joshua Bennett reads and discusses his work. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Thu 3 December, 6pm. Translating Political Poetry: The British Academy and the University of Sheffield Centre for Poetry and Poetics present talks and readings addressing the translation of political poetry. Featuring Rebecca Kosick, Adam Piette, Juana Adcock, Dan Eltringham, Ágnes Lehóczky, Mau Baiocco and Alex Cocker. Free, registration required.
Thu 3 December, 7pm. The Public: Cervantes Theatre presents a dramatised reading of poet Federico García Lorca’s surrealist play The Public. Free, registration required.
Tue 8 December, 6pm. Safe Readings Series: The University of Sheffield’s Centre for Poetry & Poetics and Creative Writing presents a reading by London’s Iris Colomb and Virna Texeira, plus Richard Parker and Jessica Pujol.
Thu 10 December, 7pm-8.30pm. Housmans Queer Book Club: Housmans Bookshop hosts a book club discussion of Ocean Vuong’s poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds. Free, registration required.
Thu 17 December, 7pm. artBLAB Online: artBLAB presents a Q&A with poet Amy Evans Bauer, following a talk about her practice that will be posted online during the day. Via Instagram Live. £5 suggested donation.

Entropy magazine and Newcity Lit are curating listings and links for US-based online literary events, all available globally (if listening from the UK, remember there will be a time difference). Trafika Europe Radio is carrying events from around Europe.

In-person events

Until Fri 23 October, 10am-4pm each day. Hellish Love: Exhibition of art writing responding to objects associated with 18th-century mystic and scientist Emanuel Swedenborg. Featuring work by Stephanie Brown, Louise Camu, Molly Coldicott, Greer Dale-Foulkes, Mengyang Fan, Gertrude Gibbons, Lydia Granger, Malvina Janasik, Sarah Khan, Wesley Knowler, Chenyuan Liang, Binyao Liu, Yuzu Ono, Sicily Scarlet, Maximilian Schuch, Harald Smart and John Vaughan. Free, advance booking essential. At the Swedenborg Society, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury WC1A 2TH.
Thu 29 October, 7pm. Inkandescent and Untitled BOLD Queer Poetry: An evening of queer poetry featuring Ollie Charles, Shiri Shah, Nathan Evans and Sophia Blackwell. Advance booking essential; pricing is by table size, equating to £10 per head. At Above The Stag Theatre, 72 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall SE1 7TP.
Tue 3 November, 7pm. Sound Literature: Writers’ Kingston presents an evening of sound poetry and improvised vocalisation, featuring Lauren Kinsella, Cris Cheek, Benedict Taylor & SJ Fowler, Martin Wakefield, Mischa Foster Poole, Matt Martin, Xelis de Toro and more TBA. Free. At St John on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E2 9PA.
Sun 8 November, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm. Parking: Screening of Tudor Giurgiu’s 2019 adaptation of an autobiographical novel by Romanian poet Marin Mălaicu-Hondrari. Free, advance booking essential. At the Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, Belgravia SW1X 8PH.
Thu 12 November – Sat 23 January, opening hours TBC. Syncopes: Group exhibition featuring textual works by Himali Singh Soin and Qian Qian, plus more art by Mira Calix, Chooc Ly Tan, Lala Rukh and Ruth Beraha. Free; if you wish to visit during the exhibition’s opening days (Thu 12 – Sat 14 November), you must register for a timed slot. At Mimosa House, 47 Theobalds Road, Holborn WC1X 8SP.
Thu 12 November, 7pm. Hauntology: Writers’ Kingston presents an evening of readings, performances and talks on lost futures and temporal disjunction, featuring Simon Brown, Anna Johnson, Lauren Warner, Myrto Farmaki, Richard Biddle, Simon Tyrrell, Agnieszka Studzinska and SJ Fowler. Free. At the Everyday Church Auditorium, 46 Union Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1RP.
Sat 14 November, 10.30am-4.30pm. Window, Mirror, Knife, Disaster, and Reinvention: Poetry of Glass: Judy Brown leads a workshop on writing poems about glass, inspired by poets like Charles Tomlinson, Claire Crowther, Peter Redgrove and Michael Ondaatje. At the Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £75.
Sat 14 November, 10.30am-4.30pm. Voicing Public Emotion: Poetry & Politics: Carmen Bugan leads a workshop on writing political poetry. At the Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £75.
Sat 14 November, time TBC. Austrian Poetry in Collaboration: Austrian poets collaborate with British-based counterparts, featuring Robert Prosser, Franziska Füchsl, Max Höfler, Ollie Evans and more. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Venue TBC.
Wed 18 November, time TBC. Hungarian Poetry in Collaboration: Hungarian poets collaborate with British-based counterparts, featuring Kinga Toth, Peter Zavada, Kornelia Deres and more. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Venue TBC.
Thu 19 November, time TBC. Latvian Poetry in Collaboration: Latvian poets collaborate with British-based counterparts, featuring Krišjānis Zeļģis, Marija Luīze Meļķe, Henriks Elias Zēgners, Lote Vilma Vītiņa, Amy Cutler, Nadia de Vries, David Spittle and more. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Venue TBC.
Thu 19 November, 7pm. Materiality: Writers’ Kingston presents an evening of material literature, featuring readings, performances and talks by Cathy Gale, Susie Campbell, Patrick Cosgrove, Simon Tyrrell, SJ Fowler and more TBA. Free. At a venue to be confirmed, in Tolworth, Surbiton.
Sat 21 November, 10.30am-4.30pm. Stealing, Copying & Arguing: Ali Lewis leads a workshop on using textual appropriation to write poems, inspired by poets like Devid Melnick, Chrissy Williams, and Roger Robinson. At the Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £75.
Sat 21 November, time TBC. Swiss Poetry in Collaboration: Swiss poets collaborate with British-based counterparts featuring Laura Accerboni, Baptiste Gaillard, Linn Molineaux, Cléa Chopard, Raphael Urweider, Serena Braida, Ghazal Mosadeq and more. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Venue TBC.
Sun 22 November, time TBC. Swedish Poetry in Collaboration: Swedish poets collaborate with British-based counterparts. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Venue TBC.
Thu 3 December, 5pm-7.30pm. Green Blues Seminar Series #3: The Poetics Research Centre at Royal Holloway University of London presents an ecopoetry seminar featuring performances and critical presentations by Sarah Cave, Briony Hughes, Ella Frears, Caroline Harris and Lavinia Greenlaw. At 11 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury WC1B 3RF. Free, registration required.
Thu 3 December, 7pm. Celebrating Sampson Low: Writers’ Kingston presents performances by poets published by Sampson Low, featuring Maria Celina Val, Silje Ree, Zakia Carpenter-Hall, Jamie Toy, Marcia Knight-Latter, SJ Fowler, Susie Campbell, Julia Rose Lewis and more TBA. Free. At Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PT.

Ongoing online provision

  • 3am Magazine is running a series of features on writers in lockdown.
  • The 87 Press is selling premium bundles of its excellent books to crowdfund future publishing endeavours.
  • AfterFM, a Colorado radio station, has a recording of London-based poet Khaled Hakim’s radio art piece Re-membering Brakhage.
  • All Saints Sessions, Cheryl Moskowitz and Alastair Gavin’s music and poetry events are taking place online for the duration of the emergency; those performed so far are archived.
  • Almanac Gallery is hosting companions, a series of podcast poetry readings where poets read their own work alongside that of authors who have influenced them.
  • Archive of the Now, maintained by Queen Mary University of London, contains a vast array of recordings by innovative poets from the UK and beyond.
  • Art19 has a recording of artists and writers performing a group reading of poet M NourbeSe Philip’s essay Caribana for the South London Gallery.
  • Asia House has podcasts on Asian art and literature, including one by experimental calligrapher eL Seed.
  • Banner Repeater gallery has a free download of Deeper in the Pyramid, an interdisciplinary collaboration between artist Melanie Jackson and writer Esther Leslie.
  • Becoming is a series of ecologically-themed radio essays by poet Camilla Nelson, including work by other poets.
  • Birkbeck, University of London, as part of its Arts Weeks 2020 festival, has writing and recorded readings by poets like Anthony Joseph, Golnoosh Nour, Keith Jarrett, Steve Willey, Matt Bates, Megan Massey and Dana Alice Niamh.
  • Book Works, an avant-garde publisher, is updating its Vimeo channel with videos of performances by its stable of writers and artists.
  • The British Film Institute has poet Caleb Femi’s short science fiction film Survivors’ Guilt available to watch for free.
  • The British Library is maintaining access to its online collections, including recordings of many poets and writers.
  • Burley Fisher Books is running an ‘Isolation Station’ with podcasts featuring favourite authors.
  • Cabinet Gallery is posting recordings and texts from its roster of innovative artists and writers.
  • Café OTO has been live-streaming performances, mostly (very good) avant-garde music; some of the musicians cross over into sound poetry.
  • Camden Arts Centre is live-streaming and archiving its events, including its Public Knowledge series of readings and talks; it also hosts the What’s Love Got To Do With It sequence of poetry podcasts here.
  • The Children, a band consisting of musician Armorel Weston and the late poet John Gibbens, have a YouTube channel that includes recent uploads.
  • Chisenhale Gallery has recordings of readings by the Octavia Poetry Collective.
  • Coronet Inside Out, maintained by the Coronet Theatre in Notting Hill, has videos of performers including poet Yang Lian.
  • Dead [Women’s] Poets Society is running online projects, including a ‘[Virtual] Séance’ featuring videos of readings from the work of dead women poets, plus new writing in tribute to poetic ancestors.
  • Echolot Podcast features conversations with and about artists and writers, including London-based artist and poet Liliane Lijn.
  • English PEN hosts its PEN Transmissions series of articles and interviews from international authors. They have also started a letter-writing campaign in support of poet Amanuel Asrat, who is imprisoned without charge or trial in Eritrea.
  • Estorick Collection has videos documenting its exhibition by Futurist painter and poet Tullio Crali, plus a resource on creating Futurist poetry at home.
  • European Poetry Festival presents videopoems by poets from throughout Europe as a taster for its annual festival, which has been rescheduled to Tue 6 – Sun 18 October 2020.
  • eye-blink (1) is a suite of Harry Gilonis’ radical translations of Chinese poetry, set to music by composer Richard Barrett.
  • Fermynwoods Contemporary Art presents Triple Harvest, a group of experimental films about Corby in Northamptonshire, including work by poet Amy Cutler.
  • fowlerpoetry is SJ Fowler’s YouTube channel, hosting a huge range of recordings from poetry event series he has curated, including Maintenant, Camarade, Poem Brut, Illuminations, the European Poetry Festival and the Nordic Poetry Festival, plus his film-poems.
  • Goldsmiths CCA is hosting videos and sound works by artists from a range of disciplines, including poets like Kashif Sharma-Patel and Caleb Femi.
  • Guillemot Press is hosting Eel Fest 2020, with recordings of readings from their eel-themed anthology The Creel, including performances by London poets.
  • The Hayward Gallery has a poetry podcast by Holly Corfield Carr in response to the exhibition Among the Trees.
  • The Hellenic Centre has videos of lectures on Greek Writers in English.
  • The Horse Hospital, a long-running London venue for poetry and other arts events, now threatened with closure, is seeking ephemera and documentation for an archive of its work (link leads to a GoogleDoc form).
  • The Hythe, online journal of The 87 Press, is presenting Digital Poetics, a weekly series of poetry and prose.
  • The ICA is hosting new audio and video works, including a piece by poet Belinda Zhawi.
  • Instituto Cervantes has podcasts and videos about Spanish-language poetry.
  • Laure Genillard Gallery‘s Vimeo channel has recordings of past events, including performances of texts by or about experimental writers.
  • Libreria, a Shoreditch bookshop, has podcasts by or about experimental writers (Spotify account required).
  • Lisson Gallery has a video tour of its exhibition of concrete poetry by Dom Sylvester Houédard, presented by curator Nicola Simpson.
  • The Live Art Development Agency is compiling information and resources to support artists and art workers hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • London Buddhist Centre has videos of readings from its Poetry East event series, featuring writers like Kei Miller and Jorie Graham.
  • London Review Bookshop has podcasts of its last decade of live events, including many poetry readings.
  • Modern Poetry In Translation has an issue of Chogwa zine, featuring translations of Korean poetry.
  • The National Poetry Library has online archives of poetry, including audio recordings of past events. The future of this brilliant resource is currently in doubt – see here for further information and a petition.
  • nova, a French radio station, is hosting poet Anthony Joseph’s playlist of ‘Music for Healing’.
  • October Gallery has a virtual viewing room of art by experimental writer William S Burroughs.
  • Ordet gallery in Milan hosts the Johannes series of podcasts, including a discussion with London-based artist and poet Liliane Lijn.
  • Owl Call Radio is Katherine E Bash’s newly established website of poetic sound collages.
  • Pamenar Press regularly posts exciting poetry in its online magazine.
  • The Photographers’ Gallery has an essay by SJ Fowler on poetry and photography.
  • Pilots is an series of video collaborations by poet Amy Cutler and artist/musician Graham Dunning, created during April 2020.
  • Poet’s Poem is a podcast where Mischa Foster Poole speaks to poets about poems that they like.
  • The Poetry Translation Centre has an archive of podcasts, featuring poems read in their original languages and in English translation.
  • Pushkin House, London’s Russian cultural centre, has a blog with essays about Russian poets, plus a playlist of music inspired by the poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva.
  • Resonance FM, London’s avant-garde radio station, boasts a number of literary programmes, plus several shows that blur boundaries between poetry and experimental music.
  • The Royal Drawing School is blogging art activities to try at home, plus opportunities to share the results online; notably, there is an ‘Image & Text’ activity proposed by poet and artist Sophie Herxheimer.
  • Salvage magazine has an interview with poet Nisha Ramayya.
  • Say Your Peace: Three Recipes for Self-Care is a film hosted by the BBC and created by poets Theresa Lola, Caleb Femi and Momtaza Mehri.
  • Serpentine Galleries are presenting a series of podcasts featuring artists, thinkers and writers, including poets. There is also an essay by Allison Parish, about digitally mediated poetry, and a ‘Cracks in the Curriculum’ schools resource by the Octavia Poetry Collective.
  • Tangerine Press has a recording of a show it hosted for Soho Radio, featuring poets and writers like William Wantling, Iain Sinclair, William S Burroughs and Meena Kandasamy.
  • Treadwell’s Bookshop has podcasts on occult matters, including discussion of occult-influenced, modern poets like Ithell Colquhoun.
  • Turf Projects, a Croydon art gallery, presents a creative writing resource by Taylor Le Melle, ‘Learn to Mis-Use English Grammar’.
  • The Ukrainian Institute has recordings of live and online events about Ukrainian culture, including Ukrainian poetry.
  • The Vortex Jazz Club, home of the Words & Jazz reading series, has a crowdfunder to help the venue survive hardships resulting from the pandemic.
  • Walthamstow Garden Party in the Air is an online incarnation of the annual Walthamstow Garden Party, and includes Airlooms, a work by artist Rezia Wahid and poet Khaled Hakim.
  • The Wellcome Collection presents a series of articles by poet Jamie Hale, concerning disabled people’s experiences of art, activism and access.
  • The White Review has recordings of, interviews with and reviews of interesting poets.
  • The Whitechapel Gallery has texts by writer-in-residence Himali Singh Soin.