Home Poetry Readings in London

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

Exhibitions &c

implicitly now, from very unprofessional press release – ?, whenever the various places are open

Fungus Press Residency // Museums Press // Ruins, Spats — a distanced riff on Little Sparta in Croydon
Turf Projects at Turf Studios (Keeley Road, CR0 1TF), Wandle Park, Cornwall Rd, Croydon CR0 4XT + Reeves Corner, Croydon CR0 1RP + Park Hill Recreation Ground, Arthur Court, 2 Fairfield Pat, Croydon CR0 5P

Friday, July 13–Sunday, August 25; Tuesday–Friday: 10 am–6 pm, Saturday 11 am–5 pm

AKTION: Conceptual Art and Photography (1960–1980) — exploring the conceptual art movement over two decades of photography, contributors include Eleanor Antin, Robert Filliou, Barry Flanagan, John Latham, Dieter Roth and Marie Yates
Richard Saltoun Gallery, 41 Dover Street W1S 4NS

Wednesday, July 4–Friday, September 7, 10 am–6 pm; Monday–Saturday

Towards Infinity: 1965–1980 — featuring artists from across the international scope of conceptual art, including textual works by John Baldessari, Mel Bochner and Marcel Broodthaers
Simon Lee Gallery, 12 Berkeley Street W1J 8DT

Thursday, July 26–Sunday, September 23; 10 am–6 pm, Fri and Sat until 10 pm

Language Shift: work by artist Mary Kuper that responds to the National Poetry Library's collection of poems in European languages, from languages including Breton, Alsatian, Sardinian and Shetlandic + poetry films and poems in translation from the Talking Transformations project, curated by Ricarda Vidal and Manuela Perteghella
National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX


Friday 10–Sunday, 12 August, 8 pm

Dutchman: by Amiri Baraka
part of the Camden Fringe Festival at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford Street, Kentish Town NW5 2ED
£5; Book now

Sunday, August 12, 7.30 pm

Cecil Taylor — An OTO tribute: XT & Pat Thomas perform Akasakila + Evie Ward + Val Wilmer & Richard Williams in conversation: tribute to the life and works of Cecil Taylor, who passed away this April. XT (Seymour Wright & Paul Abbott) & Pat Thomas perform Akasakila; Evie Ward will read poems for (and influenced by) Cecil Taylor and the late artist's own writings;starts with a discussion between Val Wilmer and Richard Williams on Cecil's life and work. Cecil's favourite drink — prosecco with a dump of lemon sorbet — will be served at the bar
Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£10, £8 advance

Tuesday 14–Friday, August 17, 10.30 am–4.30 pm

The Three Dimensional Page: A four-day experimental writing workshop by X-Publishing School. For artists and writers who want to create texts that can be translated and tested across multiple formats and sites. Tutors: Eleanor Vonne Browne, Sunil Manghani, Patrick Goddard and Ami Clarke
Flat Time House, 210 Bellenden Road, Peckham SE15 4BW
£100. Book now

Tuesday, August 14, 11 am–2 pm

#MyNoise: Experiment with the Neo Futurist Collective. Family activity
Estorick Collection, 39a Canonbury Square, Canonbury N1 2AN. free, but you must book in advance online, emailing Jenny on education@estorickcollection.com or call 020 7704 9522

Tuesday, August 14, 7.30 pm

Lydia Lunch & Weasel Walter: Brutal Measures: a longform composition featuring tense spoken word versus manic free drumming outbursts, glued together by cryptic electronics
Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£18 or £16 advance

Friday, August 17, 7–10 pm

Unspoken: launch of TOTO CULTURE and N.ARTZ,& release of DSM-? A Poetic Revision by Tomi Adegbayibi and its collaboration with photographer Niah Martins Enjoy poetry read aloud, taking shape into photography and film, exploring mental health
Toto Culture at Unit 5 Gallery London, The Yard, Yorkton Street (off Hackney Rd) E2 8NH
free wine and food; £3, tickets available online

Monday, August 20, 6.30 for 7 pm

Bill's Big Birthday Bash: An Evening of Readings in Celebration of Bill Griffiths: Mendoza and Peter Manson reading to launch new collection Windsuckers & Onsetters (Sonnots for Griffiths); collaborative performance by Geraldine Monk and Alan Halsey); talk by John Seed about Griffiths' life and lexical research in County Durham, plus a reading from Seed's own poetry about the region + opportunity for audience members to read excerpts from Griffiths' work, share their own poems in response to his accomplishments, or speak about their memories of this remarkable writer — time limit of two minutes, so that everyone has a chance to contribute
The Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck and the Poetics Research Centre at Royal Holloway at Keynes Library, School of Arts Building, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD
free; refreshments provided

Wednesday, August 29, 11 am–2 pm

Nuts and Bolts Books: Learn to bind your own book with real nuts and bolts like Fortunato Depero's Bolted Book; family activity
Estorick Collection, 39a Canonbury Square, Canonbury N1 2AN. No charge for the workshop, but you must pay the gallery's admission fee (£6.50/£4.50, free for children and students).

Thursday, August 30–tba, Tuesday–Friday: 10 am–6 pm, Saturday 11 am–5 pm

Voyage to Italy: exhibition of photographic and video work by conceptual artist and writer Victor Burgin
Richard Saltoun Gallery, 41 Dover Street W1S 4NS


Monday, September 3, 7–8.30 pm

A Far Cry from London: The Sound of the Caribbean Voice: celebrating BBC radio show Caribbean Voices (1943–1958), with a night of poetry, audio and discussions featuring Emily Zobel Marshal, Raymond Antrobus, Khadijah Ibrahiim and Philip Nanton
Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB
£10/£8/£7. Book now.

Monday, September 3, 7.30–10 pm

Exiled Writers
Poetry Society Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX
£5 on the door, £3 for asylum seekers

Tuesday, September 4, 7.45–8.40 pm

Of Leonardo da Vinci: Elaine Mitchener and director Dam Van Huynh collaborate to develop David Toop's music and libretto, with film by Barry Lewis
Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
£15/£11.25 plus booking fee. Book now

Wednesday, September 5, 7.30 pm

SHAPE SHIFTING — Charles Hayward, Sharon Gal, Yoni Silver, Adaya Godlevsky, Uri Levinson
Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£10, £8 advance

Wednesday, September 5, 8–9.15 pm

Poems for Grenfell
National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. Free but ticketed. Book now

Saturday, September 8, 4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series; featured poet: Wayne Clements
The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX