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 these developments, 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.

Online events

Available until Wed 30 December. Palimpsest Motherland: The Hellenic Centre presents an exhibition by poet and artist Yiannis Efthymiadis.
Thu 3 December. The Hungarian Vacuum: The European Poetry Festival releases an online film about poetry in Hungary, featuring Kornélia Deres, Péter Závada, Kinga Toth and SJ Fowler.
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. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Thu 3 December, 5.30pm. Atlas, Atlas: The Warburg Institute and Ignota Books present discussion and performances to launch of two atlases: a new edition of Aby Warburg’s Bilderatlas Mnemosyne (with accompanying essays), and The Atlas of Anomalous AI (which includes contributions by poets like Jorge Luis Borges, William Blake and Ithell Colquhoun). The event features Bill Sherman, Ben Vickers, writer/musician K Allado-McDowell, and performance artist Jenna Sutela. 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, 6.30pm. Poetry of the Marginalised: 100 Years of Paul Celan: The Ukrainian Institute presents a discussion to mark the centenary of poet Paul Celan (born in Chernivtsi/Czernowitz/Cernăuți, then in Romania, now in Ukraine). Featuring poets Igor Pomerantsev and Iryna Vikyrchak, plus critics Annja Neumann and Gaëlle Fisher. £5/£3, booking 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.
Thu 3 December, 7pm. Book Launch – Linda Kemp, Scott Thurston & Julia Lewis: Contraband Books presents launch readings for new poetry collections by Linda Kemp, Scott Thurston and Julia Lewis.
Thu 3 December, 7pm. Tate Lates Night In – Bruce Nauman: Tate Modern presents an evening of talks, performances and film in response to its art exhibition by Bruce Nauman. Includes poetry by James Massiah. Free.
Thu 3 December, 7.30pm. Virtual First Thursday: Seren Books presents readings by London-based poet Adnan Al-Sayegh, poet Jenny Lewis and novelist Peter Benson. Plus open mic (see the link for how to register to perform). £2.74, booking required.
Fri 4 December, 1pm-5.30pm GMT, 10am-2.30pm Chilean time. AI in Digital Culture and Conceptual Approaches to AI: The University of Cambridge and the The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile present a workshop on artificial intelligence in digital culture. Speakers include London-based poetry/art duo Montenegro Fisher. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Sat 5 and Sun 6 December, Sat 12pm-6.30pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. The Understory of the Understory: The Serpentine Galleries present a two-day marathon of talks and performances about the ecology of soil, featuring poets Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Sean Cho A, Asim Khan, Daisy Lafarge and Jay G Ying, as well as literary journal The Willowherb Review, plus an array of artists, scientists, thinkers and architects. Free, registration required.
Mon 7 December. Three Lithuanian Poets: The European Poetry Festival releases an online film of interviews with three poets from Lithuania.
Mon 7 December, 7.30pm. Writing and Justice – Claudia Rankine and Philippe Sands: The British Library presents a discussion of the relationship between writing, truth and justice, with US poet Claudia Rankine and barrister Philippe Sands. Free, registration required.
Mon 7 December, 7.30pm. ‘Embrace’: Najwan Darwish: The Poetry Translation Centre and Durham University welcome Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish to present his poetry collection Embrace, alongside his translators Atef Alshaer and Paul Batchelor. Via Zoom. 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.
Tue 8 December, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Kazakh Poet Gulnar Salykbay Translation Workshop: The Poetry Translation Centre presents a workshop on translating Kazakh poet Gulnar Salykbay, led by Liz Berry and Assiya Issemberdiyeva. No knowledge of Kazakh required. Via Zoom. Booking required, pay what you can.
Tue 8 December, 8pm. The Body and the Mind: What We Read Now presents a poetry reading by Fiona Larkin, Zoe Brigley Thompson and Rebecca Goss, exploring the mind/body interface. Free, registration required.
Wed 9 December, 5pm. An Evening with Inua Ellams,Maia Elsner & Phoebe Stuckes with Poetry London: Goldsmiths University of London and Poetry London magazine present poetry readings by Phoebe Stuckes, Maia Elsner and Inua Ellams. Free, registration required.
Wed 9 December, 7pm. Anthony Burgess Collected Poems Launch: Carcanet Books presents the launch of Anthony Burgess’ Collected Poems, featuring the volume’s editor and London poet Jonathan Mann, Burgess biographer Andrew Biswell, and readings of Burgess’ poetry by Rachel Mann. Via Zoom. £2 (redeemable against purchase of the book), booking required.
Thu 10 December. Messages from the Other Side: Release of an online film from the European Poetry Festival.
Thu 10 December, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Kazakh poet Temirkhan Medetbek Translation Workshop: The Poetry Translation Centre presents a workshop on translating Kazakh poet Temirkhan Medetbek, led by Jon Stone and Assiya Issemberdiyeva. No knowledge of Kazakh required. Via Zoom. Booking required, pay what you can.
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 10 December, 7pm. Chener Books Poetry: Chener Books in Dulwich presents poetry with Daisy Lafarge, Luke Thompson and Maria Sledmere. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Thu 10 December, 7pm. Spells and Sadness: The Whitechapel Gallery presents an evening of contemporary music using spells as text scores. Featuring performances by poet Christopher Kirubi, vocal artist Elaine Mitchener, experimental writer Himali Singh Soin, drummer David Soin Tappeser, composer Oliver Leith and electronic musician Elvin Brandhi, plus discussion by London Contemporary Music Festival artistic directors Igor Toronyi-Lalic and Jack Sheen. Free, booking recommended.
Fri 11 December, 9am-3pm. Decolonising Creative Writing: Goldsmiths University of London presents a conference on how the discipline of creative writing can challenge colonialism and racism. Featuring a keynote by South African poet Toni Giselle Stuart, talks and workshops with Vicky Macleroy, Francis Gilbert, Steve Roberts, Leena Dhingra, Yasmin Glinton, Ioney Smallhorne and Carinya Sharples, plus the launch of the anthology Dreams and Nightmares. Booking required; free for Goldsmiths staff and students, otherwise £21.43.
Fri 11 December, 7pm. Rest Breaks IV: Keep in Touch: The Rest Breaks reading series presents poetry readings by Cassandra Troyan, Dom Hale, Helen Charman, Eleni Poulou, Cole Denyer, Jeff Hilson and more TBC. Via Zoom. Free.
Sat 12 December, 3.30pm-5.30pm. Writers Forum Workshop – New Series: Workshop for experimental poets to share new work, open to all. Free, registration required.
Sat 12 December, 7pm. Fresh: Wintergreens – Ecopoetry Open Mic: Poets for the Planet presents an open mic event for ecopoets, headlined by Rakaya Fetuga and Gboyega Odubanjo. See the link for how to request a performance slot. Via YouTube. Free.
Sun 13 and Mon 14 December, 8pm-9pm each night. Forms in Flux: Slant Events and Iklektik present an evening of processual, poetic performances, featuring xvelastín, Wlkr Nthn, Jörg Piringer, Christina Karpodini, Alison Koehler, Alaa Yussry (CERPINTXT) and Ana Coltatu. Free.
Mon 14 December, 7.30pm. Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets: The British Library hosts the 2020 Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets, featuring readings by nominated poets (line-up TBA). Free, registration required.
Wed 16 December, 6pm. Act 2: Scoring Performance: Iniva presents a discussion of textual art and scoring performance, featuring Jade Montserrat, Jack Tan and Amy Lawrence. Free, registration required.
Wed 16 December, 8pm. the weird folds anthology launch: Doestoyevsky Wannabe press presents the third of three launch readings for the weird folds, an anthology of anthropocene ecopoetry. Featuring Nasim Luczaj, Lila Matsumoto, Colin Herd, Kat Sinclair, Paul Hawkins, Jane Goldman and nicky melville. 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.
Thu 17 December, 7pm. Vortex Second Dada: A Renegade Reading: the87press presents a poetry reading by Bhanu Kapil, Nisha Ramayya, James Goodwin, Calliope Michail, Sophie Seita, Kashif Sharma-Patel and Mandeep Johal. £5.98, booking required.
Tue 12 January, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Kazakh poet Tanagoz Tolkynkyzy Translation Workshop: The Poetry Translation Centre presents a workshop on translating Kazakh poet Tanagoz Tolkynkyzy, led by Liz Berry and Assiya Issemberdiyeva. No knowledge of Kazakh required. Via Zoom. Booking required, pay what you can.
Fri 15 January – Fri 26 March. Poetry Between Body, Self & World: Transreading Nan Shepherd: Samantha Walton leads a course for the Poetry School, on writing poetry inspired by the work of Scottish modernist poet Nan Shepherd. £109, booking required.
Mon 18 January – Mon 22 February. Poetry Beyond Semantics: Broken & Unbroken Code – Studio+: Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset leads a course for the Poetry School, on writing poetry using alternative codes and scripts. £100, booking required.
Tue 19 January – Tue 30 March. Between Translation & Creation: Transreading Chinese Art & Films: Jennifer Wong leads a course for the Poetry School, on writing poetry inspired by Chinese cinema and visual art. £109, booking required.
Tue 19 January, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Kazakh poet Olzhas Suleimenov Translation Workshop: The Poetry Translation Centre presents a workshop on translating Kazakh poet Olzhas Suleimenov, led by Jon Stone and Assiya Issemberdiyeva. No knowledge of Kazakh required. Via Zoom. Booking required, pay what you can.
Tue 26 January, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Kazakh poet Yerlan Junis Translation Workshop: The Poetry Translation Centre presents a workshop on translating Kazakh poet Yerlan Junis, led by Liz Berry and Assiya Issemberdiyeva. No knowledge of Kazakh required. Via Zoom. Booking required, pay what you can.
Wed 3 February – Wed 3 March. Archives Studio: Khairani Barokka leads a studio course for the Poetry School, on writing poetry inspired by archival research. 79, booking required.
Sat 6 and Sat 13 February, 10.30am-1pm each day. Joyful Noise: Poetry & Happiness: Katrina Naomi leads a two-part workshop for the Poetry School, on writing happy poetry. Via Zoom. £75, booking required.
Sat 20 and Sat 27 February, 2pm-4pm each day. “There are still secrets to exhume”: Contemporary Gothic Poetry: Nisha Bhakoo leads a two-part workshop for the Poetry School, on writing modern Gothic poetry. Via Zoom. £75, booking required.
Sat 20 February and Sat 6 March, 10.30am-1pm each day. Whale Song, Bloop, Bubble: Deep Sea Listening as Poetic Practice: Nisha Ramayya leads a two-part workshop for the Poetry School, on writing poetry inspired by deep sea listening. Via Zoom. £75, booking required.
Sat 20 February and Sat 6 March, 2pm-4pm each day. Dadaism: Monsters, Machines, & Madness: Eleanor Penny leads a two-part workshop for the Poetry School, on writing poetry that draws on the experimentation of the Dada movement. Via Zoom. £75, booking required.
Sat 27 and Sun 28 February, then Sat 13 and Sun 14 February, 10.30am-1pm each day. “Happy Those Early Days!’: Writing the Child Self: Hannah Lowe leads a four-session course for the Poetry School, on writing the ‘child self’ in poetry. Via Zoom. £150, booking required.
Mon 1 March – Mon 29 March. Super Sestina Studio: James Davies leads a studio course for the Poetry School, on writing sestinas. £79, booking required.
Sat 6 March – Wed 31 March. WindowSwap: StAnza Online presents an exhibition of poetry and photography, featuring collaborations by Laila Sumpton and Kateryna Babkina, Nabin Chhetri and Bela Checkurishvili, Indrė Valantinaitė and Theophilis Kwek, Jennifer Wong and Özlem Özgül Dündar​​​​​​, Astrid Alben and Agnes Agboton, and Kartanya Maynard and Robbie MacLeòid. £5 suggested donation.
Sat 6 March – Wed 31 March. Poetry Loops: StAnza Online presents online film-poems including two pieces by London’s Eta Dahlia, plus more films by Ruth Aylett, Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul, Desree, Beth Frieden, Marina Kazakova, Hugh McMillan and Catherine Wilson. £5 suggested donation.
Tue 9 March, 5.30pm. Poets at Home: StAnza Online visits London poet Will Harris to learn about his writing process. £5 suggested donation.
Thu 11 March, 2pm. Round Table: StAnza Online presents a limited-capacity round table discussion with London poet Roger Robinson. £7, booking required (booking opens in January/February).
Thu 11 March, 7.30pm. Poetry Centre Stage: StAnza Online presents a reading by London’s Raymond Antrobus and Belarusian poet Volha Hapeyeva. £5 suggested donation.
Sat 13 and Sat 27 March, 2pm-4.30pm each day. Poetry & Syntax: An Emergency Toothpick in an Imaginary Landscape: Astrid Alben leads a two-part workshop for the Poetry School, on writing poetry that breaks free of syntax. Via Zoom. £75, booking required.
Sat 13 March, 10pm. Between the Covers: StAnza Online presents a bedtime poetry reading by Rachel Long. £5 suggested donation.
Sat 20 and Sat 27 March, 10.30am-1pm each day. Dreaming Non Sensing: Holly Pester and Ed Luker lead a two-part workshop for the Poetry School, on using dreaming and daydreaming to write poetry. Via Zoom. £75, booking required.
Fri 9 July, time TBC. Charlotte Mew and Friends: Decadent and Modernist Networks: A symposium on London modernist poet Charlotte Mew, featuring a keynote address by literary scholar Joseph Bristow. See the link for the call for papers (deadline Sun 31 January).

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

Thu 3 December – Sat 6 February, Thu-Sat 12pm-6pm. Entropy of a Biased Coin: Exhibition by artist and experimental writer Ed Atkins. By appointment only. Free. At Cabinet Gallery, 132 Tyers Street, Vauxhall SE11 5HS.
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.
Sat 5 December, 6pm. William Wordsworth: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud: An evening of poetry and discussion in celebration of Romantic poet William Wordsworth, featuring poet Pratyusha and nature writer Anita Sethi. £14.50 plus booking fee. At Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9GE.
Thu 10 December, 7pm. Hauntology: Writers’ Kingston presents an evening of readings, performances and talks on lost futures and temporal disjunction, featuring Eley Williams, Anna Johnson, Lauren Warner, Richard Biddle, Simon Tyrrell, Meg Jensen, Agnieszka Studzinska, Martin Dines and SJ Fowler. Free. At the Everyday Church Auditorium, 46 Union Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1RP.
Sat 19 June, 5pm. Cerith Wyn Evans: Noh (A-Drift): Artist Cerith Wyn Evans presents a new film and performance accompanied by live music, reimagining Noh drama. £14.50/£9.50 plus booking fee. At Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9GE.

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 video-poems by and documentaries about poets from throughout Europe, in place of its 2020 festival.
  • 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.
  • Ludchurch Channel is a film by poet Amy Cutler, commissioned for Stoke Festival 2020.
  • 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.
  • The Read Sea is an ongoing comic strip project by poet Michael John Weller.
  • 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’, plus a resource by Louisa Bailey on artist self-publishing.
  • 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, and an essay by poet Anne Boyer about COVID-19.
  • The Young Poets Network has advice on embarking on poetic collaborations.