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Innovative poetry events in London for next four weeks:
see www.modernpoetry.org.uk/readings.html for fuller information & longer timespan

Exhibitions &c

Friday, March 16–Sunday, April 29; Wednesday–Sunday: 11 am–5 pm

A cap, like water, transparent, fluid yet with definite body: Bryony Gillard's work is based on H.D.'s psychic breakdown and creative and sexual awakening on the Isles of Scilly in 1919., with documentation from a peer led workshop with Viki Browne, Danni Spooner, D-M Withers, Maggie Nicols and the artist + film of the Scilly Isles, & HD's own texts, & music from Autobitch.
Turf Projects at 46–47 Trinity Court (ground floor), Whitgift Centre CR0 1UQ Croydon

Wednesday, February 7–Sunday, May 20; Saturday–Wednesday: 11 am–8 pm, Thursday &Friday: 11 am–8 pm; Bank Holiday Mondays: 12 noon–8 pm; Good Friday: 12 noon–9 pm

Yto Barrada, Agadir: installation encompassing a mural, film commission, sculptures, and a series of live and recorded performances, based on text by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine — Agadir (1967), translated by Pierre Joris; Live performances on selected Saturdays — 10 & 24 February, 3 & 31 March, 21 & 28 April, 5 & 12 May (all tbc)
The Curve Gallery, the Barbican, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Wednesday, March 14–Sunday, August 5, 10 am–6 pm; Fri and Sat until 10 pm

Joan Jonas — exhibition includes (in some form) her performance piece Helen in Egypt: Lines in the Sand (2004), whose base texts were HD's Helen in Egypt, also drawing on her Tribute to Freud and the Irish epic poem The Tain
Tate Modern, Bankside SE1 9TG
ticketed: £11/£10


Tuesday, April 17, 6.30–10 pm

Whose voice is it anyway? Feminist Inclusivity in Practice and Theory: Eleanor Perry, Linda Stupart, Isabel Waidner, and Nala Xaba
Salon-London at St Katharine's Precinct, Yurt Salon 2, Butcher Row, Limehouse E14 8DS
register online

Tuesday, April 17, 7.30 pm

Speaking Rzewski by Stephane Ginsburgh: for Frederic Rzewski’s 80th birthday, Stephane Ginsburgh revisits three of his works for speaking pianist — De Profundis (1992); a solo version of the ultra famous Coming Together (1971), based on one of Sam Melville’s letters written while imprisoned at Attica New York where he was killed during the 1971 riots; Dear Diary (2014), a cycle of five pieces composed for Stephane Ginsburgh
Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£8/£6 online

Tuesday, April 17, 7.30 for 8–10.30 pm

Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (voice)/Phil Gibbs (guitar)/Matthias Boss (violin)/Matt Scott (accordion); Klaus Bru & guests; more tbc
Klinker Club at The Horse Hospital, 30 Colonnade, Bloomsbury WC1N 1JD
£7/£4 concessions

Thursday, April 19, 7–9 pm

Spring Locomotrix in collaboration with Birdsong: read your favourite poems or literary passages, in an intimate circle, alongside a line-up of women/non binary/queer/immigrant/working class poets, writers, artists and makers, hosted by Ari Haque, with Vera Chok, Iris Colomb, Serena Braida, Jane Ryan + more TBC
Locomotrix & Birdsong at Housmans Radical Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Road N1 9DX

Saturday, April 21, 10 am–5.30 pm

Introduction to Letterpress: hands-on introduction at a beginners level
New North Press, 45 Coronet Street, Hoxton N1 6HD
£120/£80, book online; lunch and all materials are provided, but please wear old clothes or bring an apron

Saturday, April 21, 12 noon–7 pm

Non-Normative Poetry Bookfair: Confirmed to date: Carnaval, Contraband, Crater, Great Works, Hesterlock, homebakedbooks, Johan de Wit, Knives, Forks and Spoons, London Materials/Splinter, Lumin Journal, Singing Apple, Spanner, Stinky Bear, Tipped Press, Veer, Zarf + books from Sad/Mad/Bad Press and sociopathic distro/racidalfeminismzine; Readings: 1–1.20 pm: Knives, Forks and Spoons — Julia Rose Lewis, Prudence Bussey-Chamberlain (tbc), Carnaval — Virna Teixeira; 2–2.20: London Materials/Splinter — Tom Allen, Naomi Webber, Great Works — Peter Philpott; 3–3.20: Crater — Jeff Hilson, Montenegro Fisher, Johan de Wit/Writers Forum Workshop — New Series: Antony John, Wayne Clements; 4–4.20: Contraband — Eleanor Perry, Verity Spott, Spanner — Allen Fisher, Pierre Joris; 5–5.20: Stinky Bear — Linus Slug, Veer — Doug Jones, Aodan McCardle; Singing Apple — Camilla Nelson; 6–6.20: homebakedbooks — Mike Weller, Hesterglock — Paul Hawkins, Jude Cowan Montague (tbc), Laurel Uziell
T Chances, 399 Tottenham High Road N17 6QN
bar; food to eat nearby

Sunday, April 22, 7 pm

PRAXIS 8 — Phil Minton & Simon Pomery, Allen Fisher, Camilla Nelson, curated by Simon Pomery (as Blood Music also singing with Phil Minton)
with support from Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre at Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£5 door only

Monday, April 23, 10 am–5 pm

Eric Mottram Remembered: "poet, professor and cultural firebrand": conference, with an exhibition of manuscripts, books and digital material — 10 am: Coffee; 10.30: welcome by Geoffrey Browell, followed by introduction to the Mottram papers by Valerie Soar: Eric, the man and his archive; 11.00: Allen Fisher on Eric Mottram and Painting; 11.45: Dale Carter on Eric Mottram and Politics; 12.30 pm: sandwich lunch; 1.30: Juha Virtanen on The Legacy of the British Poetry Revival and the Materiality of Archives; 2.10: Panel discussion on the legacy of Eric Mottram, with Ken Edwards, Peter Middleton, Gavin Selerie, Robert Hampson, Peter Barry, and Mike Hrebeniak (tbc), chaired by Clive Bush, followed by Q&A; 3.05: Coffee, tea and biscuits; 3.20: Visual recordings by Will Rowe (title tbc) and John Whiting, Obi-Wan Kenobi meets Admiral Ackbar: Eric Mottram talks with Erik Bauersfeld at October Sound; 4.15: Pierre Joris on A Transatlantic Turbine: Eric Mottram in the World Today (tbc); 5: Close
sponsored by the Archives Department in the Council Room, 2nd floor of the Strand Building, King's College London, The Strand WC2R 2LS
£5/£3 concessions

Monday, April 23, 6.30–8.30 pm

Artists' Books Now: Here and Now: Eleanor Vonne Browne, Lydia Julien, Holly Callaghan, Danny Aldred, Amanda Couch, Gustavo Grandal Montero in conversation with Julian Harrison, and John McDowall + tbc
curated by Egidija Ciricaite, Sophie Loss, Jerry Jenkins and Richard Price in the Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB
free, but book online

Monday, April 23, 7.30 pm

The Women Poets Who Changed 1968: Adrienne Rich: Joanna Bourke & Mary Jean Chan
Poet in the City at Wilton's Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley E1 8JB
£10–£16 full price, £8–£14 concessions, book online

Tuesday, April 24, 6.30–8.30 pm

INTACT & The Disinherited: ecopoetry event — Helen Moore launches two books, INTATTO/INTACT, co-authored with Massimo D'Arcangelo & Anne Elvey (Las Vita Felice, 2017) + The Disinherited (Green Seer Books, 2017); + matt martin, Mario Petrucci, Stephen Watts & music from Armorel Weston
upstairs at The Dog House Pub, 293 Kennington Road SE11 6BY
entry by donation

Wednesday, April 25, 6–8 pm

Carl Kears: Old English and Contemporary Poetic Archives — on the work of Bill Griffiths and the Eric Mottram collection
Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar, Room 243, Senate House Library, University of London, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome

Wednesday, April 25, 6–8 pm

Canto 89, introduced by Helen Carr
London Cantos Reading Group, in room G21A, Senate House, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome, hand-outs and wine will be provided

Wednesdays, April 25–May 30, 6.30–.308 pm

Course: The Written Eye — Poetry & Photography: SJ Fowler leads an exploration of the post-war traditions of modern photography and avant-garde poetry in both practice and theory
The Photographers' Gallery, 16–18 Ramillies Street, Soho W1F 7LW
£220/£200; book online

Wednesday, April 25, 6.50–9 pm

Caplet // Scott Thurston, Rhys Trimble
Capital Letters in the Chapel at St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green E29PL

Wednesday, April 25, 7.30 pm

James Davies : Peter Jaeger : Ghazal Mosadeq & Katherine Bash
Xing the Line at Iklectik Art Lab, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo SE1 7LG
£5 or £3

Friday, April 27, 7.30 pm

Launch of An Ocean of Static: J.R. Carpenter
Penned in the Margins at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, Kings Cross NW1 2DB
Free entry. RSVP essential

Saturday, April 28, 11 am–4 pm & 4–8

Jan Brzezinski, Ffion Campbell-Davies, Agata Engelman, Clive Gresswell, Saskia Horton, Emily Simpson, Alva Wilson
part of Hive, at Theatre Deli, The Old Library, 39 Wells Way, Camberwell SE5 0PX
£5 online and £7 on the door

Saturday, April 28, 2–4 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop
Tenderbooks, 6 Cecil Court, Charing Cross Road WC2N 4HE

Sunday, April 29, 3–4.30 pm

A cap, like water, transparent, fluid yet with definite body: Performance // Tentacular thinking — improvised performance by Viki Browne, Maggie Nicols, Danni Spooner, D-M Withers and Bryony Gillard in response to the exhibition
Turf Projects at 46–47 Trinity Court (ground floor), Whitgift Centre CR0 1UQ Croydon
free, but book here


Wednesday, May 2, 7–8.30 pm

In-conversation: Carlos Garaicoa with Robert Montgomery + Ziba Ardalan: discussion focused on the language of architecture and aspects of words and text within the urban environment
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road N1 7RW
£/6£ book online

Friday, May 4, 10 am–5.30 pm

Introduction to Letterpress : hands-on introduction to letterpress at a beginners level
New North Press, 45 Coronet Street, Hoxton N1 6HD
£120/£80, book online; lunch and all materials provided, but please wear old clothes or apron

Friday, May 4, 7–9.30 pm

The White Review/Burley Fisher Poetry Salon: Belinda Zhawi, Kate Potts and others tbc, hosted by Kayo Chingonyi
Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road, Haggerston E8 4AA
£4, please book online

Tuesday, May 8, 7.30 pm

Kit Fryatt + Giles Goodland
Shearsman Reading Series at Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH
no admission fee

Wednesday, May 9, 6–9 pm

Launch of Long Poem Magazine Issue 19: Robert Minhinnick, Helen Tookey, Salah Niazi, Peter Dukes, Susie Campbell, Alison Gibb, Adam Horovitz & Edwin Stockdale, hosted by Lucy Hamilton, Linda Black & Claire Crowther
Barbican Library, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Refreshments / Free Entry

Wednesday, May 9, 7.30 pm

Hannah Silva — Talk in a bit (Record Launch): performing also with Luca Martegani and Lionel Friedli + duet Pluto (Silva teams up with Tomomi Adachi, with infra-red sensor jackets enabling collision of sounds and meanings through gesture
Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£10, £8 advance

Friday, May 11, 7–9 pm

Stewart Home & Poetry for the Poorly Educated books release : Stewart Home, SEND CA$H and L. "Tumbleweed" Parker, POETRY FOR THE POORLY EDUCATED (Morbid Books)
Housmans Radical Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Road N1 9DX
tickets in advance essential available online £3 refundable off book purchase + glass of cheap wine

Friday, May 11, 7–9.30 pm

Wrestliana: Toby Litt in conversation with Steven J Fowler
Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road, Haggerston E8 4AA
£4, please book online

Saturday, May 12, 4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series
The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX