Innovative Poetry Readings in London

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

Ongoing Exhibitions and Shows

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.
Sat 13, Sun 14 & Sun 28 April, 10am-4pm each day, and during other events at the venue. Trevor You’re Moving in All Directions: Exhibition of artworks by Trevor Simmons. Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town NW5 2RX. Free.
Thu & Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 1pm-6pm until Sat 11 May. Mother Tongue/ Родная речь: Exhibition by Yevgeniy Fiks, exploring historical gay Russian argot. Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury WC1A 2TA. Free.
Tue-Sat 12.30pm-5.30pm until Sat 25 May. Dream No Small Dream: Exhibition celebrating 40 years of the October Gallery, showing a selection of artists previously represented by the venue. Includes art by avant-garde writers Brion Gysin and William S Burroughs. October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury WC1N 3AL. Free.
Tue-Wed & Sat-Sun 11am-6pm, Thu-Fri 11am-9pm until Sun 9 June. City Poems and City Music: Exhibition of work by poet, artist and performer Adrian Henri. Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel E1 7QX. Free.
Wed-Sun 12pm-6pm until Sun 16 June. Pedro Neves Marques: It Bites Back: Exhibition of entomology-themed films, sound art and poetry by Pedro Neves Marques, in collaboration with music producer HAUT. Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, Oval SE11 5RH. Free.
Daily until Sun 4 August (closed Wed 10 April), 10am-5.30pm, open Fri until 8.30pm (except Good Friday). The World Exists to be Put on a Postcard: Artists’ Postcards from 1960 to Now: Exhibition of artists’ postcards, including textual works from the Fluxus and conceptual art movements. Room 90, British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 3DG. Free.
Wed-Sun 12pm-11pm until Sat 14 September. Mervyn Peake, an Exhibition of Certain Rare Dreams: Exhibition of works by artist, novelist and poet Mervyn Peake. Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, 11 Mare Street, Hackney E8 4RP. Exhibition £6 (or £2.50 by request on Thu evenings).
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm until Sun 15 September. Haiku Adventure: The Craft of Games: Display about the video game Haiku Adventure. William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4PP. Free.

 

April 2019

Thu 25 April, 10.30am-4.30pm. Hot Dog Books and Trouser Books: Workshop on creating folding books as alternative forms of poetry publication. Workshop leader: Ceri Amphlett. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. £55/£45. Book now.
Thu 25 April, 6.30pm. The Song of Kuei: Vietnam’s National Epic: Timothy Allen launches his new translation of the Vietnamese epic poem Truyện Kiều. Plus discussion with Dana Healy and Henry Eliot. Room S312, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Bloomsbury WC1H 0XG. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 25 April, 7pm. Book Launch and Poetry Performance: Phantasmagoria: Sara Torres launches her new poetry collection Phantasmagoria with a performance created in collaboration with artist Marta Velasco Velasco and composer Ana Quiroga. Instituto Cervantes, 15-19 Devereux Court, Westminster WC2R 3JJ. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 25 April, doors 7.15pm, readings 7.30pm. Untitled: A Writers’ Salon: Readings by poets and writers including Azad Ashim, with more TBA. Design Studio (Scrutton Street Entrance), The Curtain Hotel, 45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3PT. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 25 April, 7.30pm. Out Else #1: Performances by Amy Evans Bauer, Luke Roberts, Camilla Isola & Laura Cacajno, and Dom Hale. SET, 27a Dalston Lane, Dalston E8 3DF. Free.
Thu 25 April, 7.30pm. Xing the Line: Poetry with Clive Bush, Redell Olsen and Allen Fisher. Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard. 20 Carlisle Lane, Lambeth SE1 7LG. £5/£3.
Fri 26 April, 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm. Kyle Kruse: The Great Dyeing: Artist and spoken word performer Kyle Kruse presents a performance responding to ecological catastrophe. The Change Room, Asquith Gibbs Building, Lewisham Southwark College (back gate), 2 Deptford Church Street, Deptford SE8 4RZ. Free but bookable. Book now.
Fri 26 April, 7pm. Raymond Antrobus: Poetry reading and Q&A with Raymond Antrobus. With BSL interpretation. Tate Modern, Bankside SE1 9TG. Free but bookable; ‘Tickets available from 17.00 on the day from the Level 0 ticket desk.’
Fri 26 April, 8pm. Fourth Friday: Poetry with John Harvey and Tony Roberts, plus live music from Liz Simcock. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. £8/£6.
Sat 27 April, 2pm. Preservation and Formlessness: A Poetry and poetics workshop in response to the venue’s film installation by Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman. Workshop leader: James Goodwin. The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, Lisson Grove NW8 8PQ. Free but bookable. Book now.
Sat 27 April, 5pm. Multivocal Flux: Bilingual French/English feminist reading salon with Parisian collective RER Q and poet Verity Spott. Mimosa House, 12 Princes Street, Mayfair W1B 2LL. Free but bookable. Book now.
Sat 27 April, 6pm-10pm. Text As: Physical Phenomena Private View: Showing of exhibits and performances created by participants in Mike McShane and Ekaterina Luzgina’s Text As text-art and concrete poetry workshops throughout April. Campbell Works, 27 Belfast Road, Stoke Newington N16 6UN. Free; for how to book, see here.
Sun 28 April, 11am-2pm. TS Eliot – Bloomsbury and Prufrock: Guided walk with readings, exploring London’s influence on TS Eliot’s early poetry. Walk leader: Tina Baxter. Meeting point: Russell Square Underground Station, Bernard Street, Bloomsbury WC1N 1LJ. £12/£9. Book now.
Sun 28 April, 11.30am, 12.30pm & 1.30pm. Nonsense Poetry Reading: Performances of nonsense poetry by readers including Sophie Herxheimer. Gallery 121, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL. Free.
Sun 28 April, 3.30pm. Ovid with Reverb: Debut performance of Steve Rushton’s Notes…, exploring translation, culture, art and politics within the context of Ovid. Featuring Lorrain Baggaley reciting, Steve Rushton on cajon, Sebastian Sterkowitz on bass clarinet, and Steve Mallaghan on reverb. Hundred Years Gallery , 13 Pearson Street, Hoxton E2 8JD. Presumably free.
Mon 29 April, 1pm & 5pm. Plaiting, Knotting, Weaving: the Translator in Motion: Poets Sophie Seita and Jen Calleja perform a new movement piece that explores the body and work of the translator. Entrance Hall, The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB. Free.
Mon 29 April, 6.30pm. Fabian Peake on Mervyn Peake: Artist and poet Fabian Peake discusses the work of his father, artist, novelist and poet Mervyn Peake. The Last Tuesday Society, 11 Mare Street, Hackney E8 4RP. £11.25. Book now.
Tue 30 April – Sun 30 June, Tue-Sun 11am-8pm. Opening event Tue 30 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. Free. Opening event free but bookable – book now.
Tue 30 April, 6pm-8pm (opening event), then Tue-Sun, 12pm-9pm until Sun 4 August. I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Acker: Exhibition of responses to the work of avant-garde novelist Kathy Acker, including contributions from poets like Paul Buck, Caspar Heinemann, Bhanu Khapil and Precious Okoyomon. ICA, The Mall, St James’s SW1Y 5AH. £3; free on Tue.
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.
Tue 30 April, 6.30pm. Celebrating 40 Years at October Gallery – with John Whiting: Sound engineer John Whiting discusses his experiences recording avant-garde writers, musicians and performers, including John Cage and William S Burroughs. October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury WC1N 3AL. £7.18/£5.04. Book now.
Tue 30 April, 7pm. guerrilla bitchcraft: Brazilian poet Adelaide Ivánova reads alongside her translators Rachel Long and Francisco Vilhena. Plus readings by 3 poets from the Octavia collective. Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, Farringdon EC1R 3GA. £10/£7/£2. Book now.
Tue 30 April, 7pm. Contra Issue 02 Launch: Protest: Launch event for a new issue of Contra journal, themed around protest. With poetry readings by Edin Suljic, Fatima Hagi and Amir Darwish, plus visual art by Peter Kennard, Tom Jamieson and Victoria Lomasko. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA.  £6, or £15 including a copy of the magazine, plus booking fee. Book now.
Tue 30 April, 7.30pm. Skronkspeak #3: Open mic night for experimental poetry and performance, with featured performer Chris Bartholomew-Fox presenting his storytelling and music project The Daily Exorcises. New River Studios, 199 Eade Road, Manor House N4 1DN. Free.

 

May 2019

Wed 1 May, 7pm-9pm. Reading Louis Zukofsky’s 80 Flowers: Reading group on Louis Zukofsky’s sequence 80 Flowers. This session considers poems from ‘Azalea’ to ‘Queen Anne’s Lace’. Email alexander.grafen.16[at]ucl.ac.uk for more information. Room 239, Foster Court, Gower Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 6BT. Free.
Wed 1 May, 6.30pm. ‘Nonconscious Cognition’ and Kathy Acker’s ‘Language of the Body’: Digital poetry expert N Katherine Hayles gives a talk about avant-garde writer Kathy Acker’s experiences of body-building. Plus a screening from Daniel Shanken’s Internet Autosarcophagy. ICA, The Mall, St James’s SW1Y 5AH. £7/£5. Book now.
Wed 1 May, 7pm. hereafter: Book Launch and Roundtable: Performances and discussion to launch hereafter, an anthology of artists’ writings on versions of ‘the future’. Featuring Season Butler, Alexandrina Hemsley, Joseph Morgan Schofield, Sara Sassanelli, Es Morgan and Charlie Ashwell. Live Art Development Agency, Garrett Centre, 117 Mansford Street, Bethnal Green E2 6LX. Free but bookable. Book now.
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. 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.
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, 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, 7pm. The Apocalypse Reading Room: In Conversation with Jay Bernard: Discussion with poet Jay Bernard and writer Ama Josephine Budge. Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, Farringdon EC1R 3GA. £6/£5/£2. Book now.
Thu 2 May, 7pm. Stitching through Poetry: Workshop on using embroidery to present collage poetry. Tutor: Beau Brammick. Estorick Collection, 39A Canonbury Square, Canonbury N1 2AN. Free with gallery admission (£7.50/£5.50, free for full-time students).
Thu 2 May, 7pm. City Poems and City Music Live: Part Two: Readings by poets Libby Houston and Pete Brown, plus live music by Escape-Ism (Ian Svenonius & Alexandra Cabral) and Odes (Ted Milton & Sam Britton). Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel E1 7QX. £20/£15. Book now.
Thu 2 May, 7pm. Drone: Harry Josephine Giles and Co. present a live jam of sound, visuals and poetry, telling the story of a military drone’s life and fears. Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, Euston NW1 2PY. £12/£10. Book now.
Thu 2 May, 7pm. Illuminations VI: Performances in celebration of 20th-century Anglo-Austrian writers. Featuring Bettina Fung on Stella Rotenberg, Dominic Jaeckle on Erich Fried, Andrea Capovilla on Mela Hartwig, SJ Fowler on Franz Baermann Steiner, Oliver Goldstein on Theodor Kramer, Sharon Gal on HG Ader, and Christoph Szalay on Alfred Marnau. Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge SW7 1PQ. Free but bookable. Book now.
Fri 3 May, 10am-1pm. A Modernist in Exile. The International Reception of HG Adler: Launch for A Modernist in Exile, an essay collection about sound poet, novelist and Holocaust scholar HG Adler. Featuring presentations and discussion with the volume’s editor Lynn L Wolff, translator Peter Filkins and poet Jeremy Adler. Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Free but bookable. 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.
Fri 3 May, 7pm. Lieke Marsman, Sophie Collins and Emily Berry: Dutch poet Lieke Marsman launches the English translation of her book The Following Scan will Last Five Minutes, alongside her translator Sophie Collins and chair Emily Berry. London Review Bookshop, 14-16 Bury Place, Bloomsbury WC1A 2JL. £10. Book now.
Fri 3 May, 7pm. No Money 9: Poetry, plays, films, banners and talks from Rob Kiely, Toby Bull, Daniel Neofetou, Kyle Zeto-Thorne, Rona Lorimer, Russian Antifa Solidarity. Laurel Uziell, Paige Murphy, Sacha Kahir, Leo Richard and Andrew Cooper. DIY Space for London, 96-108 Ormside Street, Bermondsey SE15 1TF. Free; donations encouraged for the venue, performers and Russian Antifa Solidarity.
Fri 3 May, 7.30pm. Insomnia Poems: Steve Dalachinsky performs his sequence Insomnia Poems with jazz accompaniment by Pete M Wyer, Evelyne Beech, Chris Cundy and Robert Perry. Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL. £12 advance, £14 on the door. 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.
Sat 4 May, 3pm. Capital Letters: Poetry and discussion with Matt Martin and more poets TBA. National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF. Free.
Sat 4 May, 6.30pm. Finneganight: Dadaist cabaret to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Featuring poetry and performance by Alba Arikha, June Caldwell, David Collard, Sarah Davis-Goff, Jen Hodgson, Michael Hughes, Dan O’Brien, Amy Shaughnessy, Jessica St Clair and Susan Tomaselli, plus more TBA. Paddington Conservative Association (!), 1 Hormead Road, Paddington W9 3NG. £16.31. Book now.

 

Sat 4 May, 8pm. Access All Poetry: Only Air Book Launch: Stephen Lightbrown reads to launch his debut collection Only Air. Plus more poetry from Raymond Antrobus, Abi Palmer and Katie Watson. With BSL interpretation. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. Free but bookable. Book now.
Tue 7 May, 5pm. Exploration of New Territory: Itō Hiromi’s Works after American Era: Hideto Tsuboi gives a talk about innovative Japanese poet Itō Hiromi. Room TBC, College Buildings, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Bloomsbury WC1H 0XG. Free but bookable. 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.
Tue 7 May, 6.30pm. Translate Korean Poet Choi Jeongrye: Translation workshop on Choi Jeongrye’s Korean poetry. Open to all, no knowledge of Korean required. Workshop leader: Mattho Mandersloot. Poetry Translation Centre, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
Wed 8 May, 7.30pm. 87.6: Poetry with Laurel Uziell, Caitlin Doherty, T Star Nay, George Macbeth, Zein Sa’dedin and Alison Rumfitt. The Roebuck, 50 Great Dover Street, Southwark SE1 4YG. £5/£3.
Wed 8 May, doors 7.30pm, performances 8pm. Klinker: Experimental music and sound poetry with Worldly Harmonic Collective, Mouthwind, Kath Tait and Giles Leaman & Ian McLachlan. Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 42-46 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green E2 6NB. £7/£4.
Thu 9 May, 11am. Beckett and Translation: Jean-Michel Gouvard leads a workshop on Samuel Beckett’s translations of poems by Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Eluard. Bloomsbury Room, G35, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 9 May, 7.30pm. Bad Slide Projector: Poetry salon featuring performances by Jennifer Obidke, Zia Ahmed, Rushika Wick, Ana Seferovic, Golnoosh Nour, Holly Jade O’leary, Iris Colomb, Alex Swift and James Coghill. Subplot 57, below Leaf & Groove, 57 Dartmouth Road, Forest Hill SE23 3HN. £4 advance, £5 on the door. Book now.
Fri 10 May, 6pm. Bats in the Library!: Readings from Battalion, an anthology of bat-themed poetry, featuring L Kiew, Mike Weston, Julia Lewis, Nell Wilson, SJ Fowler, James Coghill, Holly Hopkins, Yvonne Litschel and Cliff Hammett. Westminster Reference Library, 35 St Martin’s Street, Charing Cross WC2H 7HP. Free but bookable. 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, 11am-1pm. TS Eliot – The Waste Land in the City: Guided walk (with readings) exploring the City of London’s role in TS Eliot’s The Waste Land. Walk leader: Tina Baxter. Meeting point: Monument Tube Station, 1 Fish Street Hill, City of London EC3R 8BQ. £12/£9. Book now.
Sat 11 May, 3.30pm-5.30pm. Writers Forum Workshop – New Series: Experimental poetry workshop, open to all. The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX. Free.
Mon 13 May, 6.30pm. Corneille – Brecht + Die Antigone des Sophokles…: Screening of films by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, based on radical poet Bertolt Brecht’s versions of works by Corneille and Sophokles. Ciné Lumière, Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, South Kensington SW7 2DT. Pricing TBA.
Mon 13 May, 6.30pm. Artists’ Books Now: Writing: Book-artists discuss the use of writing in their practice. Participants TBA. Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB. £8/£6/£5. Book now.
Mon 13 May, 7pm. Exiled Writers: Poetry with Leonardo Boix, Amarjit Chandan, Abol Froushan and Laila Sumpton. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. £5; £3 for asylum seekers.
Tue 14 May, 6pm-7.30pm. Literary London Reading Group: Robert Hampson leads a session on ‘”Urban Poetics”: London Poetry in the 1970s’. See the link to access reading materials. Room 219, Foster Court, University College London, Gower Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 6BT. Free.
Tue 14 May, 6.45pm. L’Oriente di Pasolini: The Arabian Nights Through the Photographs of Roberto Villa: Photographer Robert Villa gives a talk about his documentation of the making of poet Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1973 film Arabian Nights. Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone W1G 7LP. £10/£8, free for students. Book now.
Tue 14 May, 7pm. European Literature Night: Poetry and Performance: Intersections between poetry and performance with Latvian poet and artist Valts Ernstreits, Czech poet Olga Stehlikova (plus musical collaborator Tomas Braun), and Estonian poet Doris Kareva. The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB. £12/£10/£8. Book now.
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 15 May, 6pm. ‘Not Today but Yesterday and Tomorrow’ – On Italian Literature in the Films of Straub-Huillet: Gabriele Pedullà and Alberto Toscano discuss the influence of Italian literature, including poet Cesare Pavese, on film-makers Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet. Goethe-Institut London, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, South Kensington SW7 2PH. £5. Book now.
Wed 15 May, 7pm-9pm. Reading Louis Zukofsky’s 80 Flowers: Reading group on Louis Zukofsky’s sequence 80 Flowers. This session considers poems from ‘Chicory’ to ‘Hyacinth’. Email alexander.grafen.16[at]ucl.ac.uk for more information. Room 219, Foster Court, Gower Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 6BT. Free.
Wed 15 May, 7pm. Rebecca Tamás and Lucy Mercer: Poetry and discussion with Rebecca Tamás and Lucy Mercer. Pages of Hackney, 70 Lower Clapton Road, Clapton E5 0RN. £5/£4.50. Book now.
Wed 15 May, 7pm. Dirt: Poets and artists consider how dirt can damage or become beautiful. With Sophie Herxheimer, Ella Frears, Kostya Tsolakis and more TBA. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. £7. Book now.
Thu 16 May, 7pm. In Translation: A Man Booker International Prize Panel: Discussion with translators shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Nominees include poet Jen Calleja for her translation of Marion Poschmann’s novel The Pine Islands. Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, Soho WC2H 0DT. £8/£5. Book now.
Thu 16 May, 7.45pm. Out-Spoken: Poetry with Raymond Antrobus, Inua Ellams and Rebecca Tamás, plus live music by Fiona Bevan and Cloudsley. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. £10 plus booking fee. Book now.
Fri 17 May, 7.30pm. Verve Poetry Press Launch: Katrina Naomi reads to launch her new pamphlet Typhoon Etiquette. Plus more poetry from Hannah Lowe. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. Free but bookable. Book now.
Sat 18 May, 12pm-10pm. Poem-A-Thon: Marathon reading by 60 poets over 10 hours, raising funds for the Poetry Society. See the link for a full list of poets, several of them innovative. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. Entry by donation (£5 recommended).
Sat 18 May, 1pm. Personal Problems: Screening of Personal Problems (1980), a feature-length film collaboration between poet Ishmael Reed and director Bill Gunn. Birkbeck Cinema, School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury WC1H 0PD. Free but bookable. Book now.
Sat 18 May, 6pm. Toute Révolution est un Coup de Dés + Les Yeux ne Veulent pas en Tout Temps se Fermer…(Othon): Screening of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub’s 1977 short film presenting a recitation of Stéphane Mallarmé’s poem A Throw of the Dice will Never Abolish Chance, followed by their 1969 adaptation of Corneille’s Othon. Close-Up Film Centre, 97 Sclater Street, Shoreditch E1 6HR. Pricing and booking details TBA.

 

Mon 20 May, 6pm. dubbin poetry: the collected poems of d’bi.young anitafrika: Jamaican-Canadian dub poet and playwright d’bi.young anitafrika performs for the UK launch of her collected poems. Plus more poetry from Mohammed Rowe, Deaira Hermani, Christopher Oliver and Joan Anim-Addo. Room LG01, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross SE14 6NW. Free but bookable. Book now.
Tue 20 May, 6.30pm. Words are Drawings Too: Workshop on using tracing and frottage to create textual artworks. Tutor: Rob Bidder. Estorick Collection, 39A Canonbury Square, Canonbury N1 2AN. £20. Book now.
Tue 21 May, 6.30pm. Found, Imagined, Created: Poet/artist/novelist Brian Catling speaks alongside ecologists Tim Smit and John Allen. October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury WC1N 3AL. £25/£20. Book now.
Tue 21 May, 6.30pm. Translating Brazilian Portuguese Poetry by Érica Zíngano: Translation workshop on Érica Zíngano’s poetry. Open to all, no knowledge of Portuguese required. Workshop leaders: Francisco Vilhena and Adelaide Ivánova. Poetry Translation Centre, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
Tue 21 May, 6.45pm. Staying with the Violence: Womb Work and Family Abolition: Writer Sophie Lewis gives a talk about her theories of surrogacy, gestational justice and family abolition, followed by a response from poet Anne Boyer. ICA, The Mall, St James’s SW1Y 5AH. £7/£5. Book now.
Tue 21 May, 7pm. Breaking the Frame: Screening of Marielle Mitoslawska’s 2012 film about performance writer and artist Carolee Schneeman. Plus discussion with Bonnie Marranca and Claire MacDonald. Live Art Development Agency, Garrett Centre, 117A Manford Street, Bethnal Green E2 6LX. Free but bookable. Book now.
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.
Wed 22 May, 5pm. Ecstatic Surrender: An Evening of Qawwali Poetry and Music: Poet and scholar Mahmood Jamal gives a multimedia presentation about Sufi poetry and music in the Qawwali tradition, including contemporary practitioners. Room B103, Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Bloomsbury WC1H 0XG. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 23 & Fri 24 May, times TBC. ‘AUTO–’: Conference on autobiography in creative works, with a keynote address by poet Anne Boyer. Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Art, Riverside, 1 Hester Road, Battersea SW11 4AN. Pricing TBC.
Thu 23 & Fri 24 May, 7.30pm each night. How to Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia: Spoken word artist and drummer Anton Wojcik presents a performance reflecting on his family experience of vascular dementia. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA. £10 plus booking fee. Book now.
Thu 23 May, 7pm. Class, Queerness and the Avant-Garde: Readings and discussion interrogating the role of queerness and class in UK interdisciplinary writing and publishing. Featuring poets Kashif Sharma-Patel and Roz Kavaney, plus writers Isabel Waidner, Ray Filar and Huw Lemmey. ICA, The Mall, St James’s SW1Y 5AH. £7/£5. Book now.
Fri 24 May,  6pm. Symmetry and Asymmetry: Maths, Music, Poetry: Panel discussion about how pattern and disruption affect thought. Featuring poet Fran Lock, mathematician Sarah Hart and musician Iain Burnside. Room 122, School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury WC1H 0PD. Free but bookable. 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.
Sun 26 May, 11am-2pm. TS Eliot – Bloomsbury and Prufrock: Guided walk with readings, exploring London’s influence on TS Eliot’s early poetry. Walk leader: Tina Baxter. Meeting point: Russell Square Underground Station, Bernard Street, Bloomsbury WC1N 1LJ. £12/£9. Book now.
Sun 26 May, 2pm-3.30pm. Are You Listening? Listen to the River: Processional walk through Battersea and Chelsea, considering humanity’s relationship with the environment, through ecopoetry readings and meditative knot-making. Walk leader: Elspeth (Billie) Penfold. See the link for how to help with banner-making in advance. Meeting point: Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, Battersea SW11 4NJ. Registration by donation. 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.
Wed 29 May, 6pm. Launch of Long Poem Magazine Issue 21: Tom Lowenstein, Fleur Adcock, Daragh Breen, Rosie Jackson, Susan Watson, Tamar Yoseloff, Diane Mulholland, Simon Collings, Robert Minhinnick and Richard Morwood read to launch a new issue of Long Poem Magazine. Barbican Library, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS. Free.
Wed 29 May, 7pm-9pm. Reading Louis Zukofsky’s 80 Flowers: Reading group on Louis Zukofsky’s sequence 80 Flowers. This session considers poems from ‘Dogwood’ to ‘Telephus Sedum’. Email alexander.grafen.16[at]ucl.ac.uk for more information. Room 239, Foster Court, Gower Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 6BT. Free.
Thu 30 & Fri 31 May, Fri 9.30am-6pm each day. Across Languages: Translingualism in Contemporary Women’s Writing: Conference about women writers who use languages other than their mother tongues. Features papers by Alain Ausoni on Katalin Molnár, Rachael Gilmour on Vahni Capildeo, Richard McClelland on Angelika Overath, Claudia Zucca on Amelia Rosselli, Aled Rees on Julia Alvarez, Ellen Jones on Erin Mouré, Alice Loda on Barbara Pumhösel, Umme Salma on Nashid Kamal, Jean Andrews on Maria Valupi, Anna Saroldi on Jorie Graham & Amelia Rosselli, and Youna Kwak on Teresa Hak Kyung Cha; Áine McMurtry, Kasia Szymanska, Brigette Rath, Sophie Seita and Christine Ivanovic on Uljana Wolf; and Marko Pajević, Beata Migut, Lauren Dooley, Katharina Walter, Lisabeth Hock and Sabrina Jaromin on Yoko Tawada. Thu: Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1H 9EN. Fri: Garden Halls, 1 Cartwright Gardens, Bloomsbury WC1H 9EN. £30/£15. Book now.
Fri 31 May, 4pm. Produced by Love: Reproduction in Feminist Poetics: S A L O N – LONDON hosts Amy De’Ath and Nisha Ramayya for a discussion of overlaps in their poetry and research via the concept of reproduction in feminist poetics. Room 6.01, Department of English, Virginia Woolf Building, King’s College London, 22 Kingsway, Westminster WC2B 6LE. Free but bookable. Book now.
Fri 31 May, 5pm-8pm, performances 6:30pm & 7:30pm. Jerwood Lates: Project Space Commission, Fanatic – Chapter II: Late opening of the venue’s exhibition space, featuring two performances by Anastasia Mina and Helen Michael, presenting work from their collaboration A Million Love Songs. Jerwood Arts, 171 Union Street, Southwark SE1 0LN. Free but bookable. Book now.

 

June 2019

Sat 1 June, 10pm. Stockhausen: Stimmung: London Voices perform Karlheinz Stockhausen’s choral sound-poem Stimmung. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. £15 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sun 2 June, 2pm-4pm. Notations: Family workshop. Use bookmaking techniques to create sculptural works inspired by Iranian artists’ engagement with poetry and architectural forms. Workshop leader: Flora Duley. Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Road, Hoxton N1 7RW. £3.66/£2.60. Book now.
Mon 3 June, 6.45pm-8.45pm, then the same time weekly until Mon 1 July. Building Worlds: Creative Writing with Installation Art: 5-week course in experimental creative writing, in response to the venue’s displays of installation art. Tutor: James Wilkes. Tate Modern, Bankside SE1 9TG. £125/£85. Book now.
Mon 3 June, 12.30pm. The Hidden Surprises of Poetry Pamphlets: Gemma Meek discusses poetry pamphlets from the British Library’s collection. Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB. £6/£5/£4. Book now.
Mon 3 June, 7.30pm. Exiled Writers: Hear poetry by exiled writers. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. £5; £3 for asylum seekers.
Tue 4 June, 6.30pm. Translate Urdu Poetry by Kishwar Naheed: Translation workshop on Kishwar Naheed’s poetry. Open to all, no knowledge of Urdu required. Workshop leader: Sascha Aurora Akhtar. Poetry Translation Centre, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
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. Book now.
Thu 6 June, 7pm. Queer Writing from Europe: Readings and discussion with queer European writers, featuring Polish poet Jacek Dehnel, Icelandic crime writer Lilja Sigurðardóttir and author Paul Burston. Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, Brixton SW2 1JQ. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 6 June, 7.15pm. From Word to Art with PoetArtist Paula Claire: Concrete poet Paula Claire presents a mixed programme on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB. £8/£6/£5. Book now.
Fri 7 June, 8.30pm. A Daughter’s Geography: Poet Belinda Zhawi performs in tribute to female poets of the Black Arts Movement, with afrofuturist jazz accompaniment from Steam Down Collective. KIngs Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG. Early bird rate £9.50 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sat 8 June, 3.30pm-5.30pm. Writers Forum Workshop – New Series: Experimental poetry workshop, open to all. The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX. Free.
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.
Tue 11 June, 7pm. Tracy K Smith and Jay Bernard: Tracy K Smith and Jay Bernard read from and discuss their new poetry collections. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, Bloomsbury WC1A 2JL. £10. 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.
Wed 12 June, 7pm-9pm. Reading Louis Zukofsky’s 80 Flowers: Reading group on Louis Zukofsky’s sequence 80 Flowers. This session considers poems from ‘Yarrow’ to ‘Zinnia’. Email alexander.grafen.16[at]ucl.ac.uk for more information. Room 239, Foster Court, Gower Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 6BT. Free.
Thu 13 June, 7pm. Something Other Live: On Solidarity: The Something Other collective presents a night of experimental writing and performance on the theme of solidarity. See here for how to submit a piece (deadline Fri 3 May). Live Art Development Agency, Garrett Centre, 117 Mansford Street, Bethnal Green E2 6LX. Free but bookable. Book now.
Thu 13 June, 8pm. The Origins Concert: Performances by Métis poet and artist Moe Clark, Samí sound magician Torgeir Vassvik and Cree singer Iskwē. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA. £12/£10. Book now.
Fri 14 & 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, including 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.
Sat 15 June, 4pm. Public Reading: Sex as Care and Other Viral Poems: Artist Pedro Neves Marques reads his poetry against the backdrop of his exhibition It Bites Back. Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, Oval SE11 5RH. Free.
Tue 18 June, 6.30pm. Translating Mexican Poet by David Huerta: Translation workshop on David Huerta’s poetry. Open to all, no knowledge of Spanish required. Workshop leader: Adam Feinstein. Poetry Translation Centre, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. 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 are Douglas Mao and Isabel Waidner. King’s College London and the St Bride Foundation; further details TBA. £60/£45 per day, or £150/£105 for all three days (extra discounts for BAMS members). Book now.
Thu 20 June, doors 6.30pm, event 7pm. On Shahrzad and the Eternal Feminine: Artist and essayist Sam Samiee gives a talk on the traditional Persian concept of ‘Adab’ and its influence on modern Iranian art and poetry. Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Road, Hoxton N1 7RW. £8.93/£6.82. Book now.
Thu 20 June, 7.30pm. Original Plus Dub Launch: Launch readings for Original Plus Dub, a Hesterglock Press anthology of ‘dubwise’ poetry collaborations. Line-up TBA, but the anthology is full of excellent poets. The Peckham Pelican, 92 Peckham Road, Peckham SE15 5PY. Pricing TBA.
Thu 20 June, 7.45pm. Out-Spoken: Poetry with Ilya Kaminsky, Kei Miller and Sabrina Mahfouz, plus DJing by Sam ‘Junior’ Bromfield. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. £10 plus booking fee. Book now.
Fri 21 June, 6.30pm. A Modernist Revue: Evening event for the Troublesome Modernisms conference (see above). Featuring a set by singer and poet Amit Chaudhuri, live artist Deborah Pearson performing Hope Mirrlees’ Paris, dance by Isabella McGuire Mayes, and music by Stacey Wheeler, Kate Woolveridge and Lana Bode. The Chapel, King’s College London, Strand Campus, The Strand, Westminster WC2R 2LS. £10. Book now.
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.
Wed 26 June, 8pm. National Poetry Library Lates: Poetry reading by Mary Jean Chan. Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. £10 plus booking fee. Book now.
Sat 29 June – Sun 15 July, Mon-Fri 9am-late, Sat-Sun 10am-late. Belonging, Sideways: Exhibition of work by Algerian artists, including Sarah Ouadah’s digital reinterpretation of the classic Bedouin poem Hyzia. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA. Free.
Sat 29 June, 10.30am-1.30pm. Poetic Demolition: Writing workshop where participants will demolish then rebuild their poems, in response to the installations of Iranian artist Nazgol Ansarinia. Workshop leader: Martha Sprackland. Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Road, Hoxton N1 7RW. £8.93/£6.82. Book now.
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. Book now.
Thu 4 July, doors 6pm, performances 6.30pm. Intimations of Immortality: An Evening of Persian Poetry: An evening of classical and contemporary Persian poetry with Narguess Farzad and more readers TBA. Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Bloomsbury WC1H 0XG. Free but bookable. Book now.
Fri 5 July, 7pm. Our Bodies Speak Poetry: An evening of poetry and stories with an African focus, exploring the body as a site of power and resistance. Line-up TBA. Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB. £12/£10/£8. Book now.
Fri 5 July, 7pm. Launch: Robert Lundquist – After Mozart (Heroin on 5th Street): Robert Lundquist reads to launch a new volume of his previously uncollected poems. Plus more readers TBA. Housman’s Books, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross N1 9DY. Presumably free.
Sat 6 July, 7pm. New Daughters of Africa: Readings and discussion to celebrate New Daughters of Africa, an anthology of writing by women of African descent. Featuring poet and novelist Bernardine Evaristo, writers Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Nadifa Mohamed and Namwali Serpell, and the anthology’s editor Margaret Busby. Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB. £15/£12/£10. Book now.
Tue 9 July, 4pm. Writing Environmental Crisis Past and Present: Roundtable discussion on ecopoetics, featuring poets Redell Olsen and Lucy Burnett, plus scholars David Higgins and Kate Rigby. Followed by drinks reception. Royal Holloway University of London, 11 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury WC1B 3RE. Presumably free; to register, email howlikealeaf@gmail.com.
Tue 9 July, 6.30pm. Translating Chinese Poetry with Dave Haysom and Yu Yoyo: Translation workshop on new Chinese poetry, led by Dave Haysom and poet Yu Yoyo. Open to all, no knowledge of Chinese required. Poetry Translation Centre, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
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.
Sat 13 July, 3.30pm-5.30pm. Writers Forum Workshop – New Series: Experimental poetry workshop, open to all. The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX. Free.
Sat 13 July, time TBC. Poem Brut: An exploration of artistic creative writing, with poets and artists TBA. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA. Free.
Fri 19 July, 6pm-8.30pm. Write / on / Art: Ecopoet Helen Moore leads a writing workshop (6pm-7pm), then reads and discusses her poetry during an exhibition by sculptor Marian Bruce. Bermondsey Project Space, 183-185 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey SE1 3UW. £5 (redeemable against book purchases).
Tue 23 July, 6.30pm. Translating French Poetry by Mauritian Poet Umar Timol: Translation workshop on Umar Timol’s French-language poetry. Open to all, no knowledge of French required. Workshop leader: Delaina Haslam. Poetry Translation Centre, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. £8.25/£5.04, free for refugees and unwaged. Book now.
Sat 27 July, 3pm. Capital Letters: Poetry and discussion with poets TBA. National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF. Free.

 

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. Deadline for stallholder applications is Tue 30 April – details here. Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel E1 7QX. Entry fee (if any) TBC.

 

Thu 12 September, times TBA. Translating Poetries: a Symposium for Translation Practitioners: Symposium for translators from around the world to discuss the practice of translating poetry.  Features a keynote with poet Mamta Sagar (India), plus an in-conversation with poet Abdilatif Abdalla (Kenya) and Swahili translator Annmarie Drury. Djam Lecture Theatre, College Buildings, SOAS University of London, Russell Square, Bloomsbury WC1H 0XG. £100/£50. See here for how to enroll.
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.

 

October 2019

Tue 1 October – Sun 15 March, Wed-Sun 12pm-11pm. Ithell Colquhoun: Exhibition of work by surrealist artist and poet Ithell Colquhoun. Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, 11 Mare Street, Hackney E8 4RP. £6 (or £2.50 by request on Thu evenings).

 

November 2019

Fri 15 & Sat 16 November, 11am-7pm each day. Small Publishers Fair: Annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers, featuring readings, workshops and exhibitions. Programme TBA. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury WC1R 4RL. Free.

 

December 2019

Wed 4 December, 6pm. ‘A Camp Full of Once and Future Very Important Persons’: Fred Uhlman and Kurt Schwitters in Internment: Charmian Brinson lectures on the wartime internment of poet-artists Kurt Schwitters and Fred Uhlman. Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free but bookable. Book now.

 

January 2020

Wed 15 January, 9am – Fri 17 January, 6pm. Between Departure and Arrival. Re-Assessing the Work of Ilse Aichinger and Helga Michie: Conference on the work of twin sisters, poet Ilse Aichinger and poet-artist Helga Michie. Bloomsbury Room, G35, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU. Free but bookable. Book now.

FAQ:

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