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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

Thursday, November 16–Sunday, February 25, 11 am–8 pm, closed Mondays

Darkness Visible: participatory installation by artist Sam Winston + responses by Emily Berry, Kayo Chingonyi, George Szirtes and others
Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
free

Thursday, February 22–Wednesday, March 21

Scribbling and Scrawling: Lisa Kiew, Simone Kay, Adam Baron, Patrick Cosgrove, Alan Boyce, Simon Tyrell, Lucy Furlong, Yvonne Litschel, Molly Bergin, Dacy Lim, Silje Ree, Julia Rose Lewis, Olga Kolesnikova, Denise McCulloch, MJ Weller, Daniele Pantano, Paul Hawkins, Daniel Lehan, Deborah Sibbald, Mark Jackson, Lucy Crump, Alison Miller, Paul Hawkins, Cleary Mallard, Linda Black, Sarah Dawson, Mendoza, Jaclyn Del Guidice, Phoebe Robertson, Hugh Hadfield, Astra Papachristodoulou, Nicole Polonsky, Matthew Kay, SJ Fowler
curated by Molly Bergin, Yvonne Litschel, Shelisha Johnson, Silje Ree, Vilde Torset and SJ Fowler for Writers' Centre Kingston at The Museum of Futures, 117 Brighton Rd, Surbiton KT6 5NJ
free

Thursday, October 19–Wednesday, March 28; Monday: by arrangement, Tuesday–Saturday: 10 am–6 pm, Sunday: 12 noon–5 pm

Parasolstice — Winter Light 2017 Robert Montgomery — Robert Montgomery's Poem in lights to be scattered in the square mile
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road N1 7RW
free entry

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

February

Friday, February 23, 6.45 for 7–8.45 pm

Katy Bohinc: Poetic Invocation: The Feminine Divine — Scarlet Imprint, introduced by Scarlet Imprint's Peter Grey and Alkistis Dimech
Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7BS
Free of charge but advance booking essential: 020 7419 8507, or book online; drinks and a soiree follow

Friday, February 23, 7.30 pm

Antoine Beuger & Emmanuelle Waeckerlé — "Speak// if you can": text, scores, performance : Two Compositions By Antoine Beuger: "Keine Fernen Mehr" & ". . . Of Being Numerous", realised by Antoine Beuger, John Eyles, Sarah Hughes, Petri Huurinainen, Charlotte Keefe, Will Montgomery, Artur Vidal and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé
curated by Will Montgomery and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé with support from the Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre; the Humanities and Arts Research Institute, Royal Holloway; and the University of the Creative Arts research fund at Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£12, £10 advance; series pass for February 22 also: £18 advance

Saturday, February 24, 10.30–11.30 am

ENDPAPERS READING GROUP // Thieves + Theory : to accompany exhibition Frivolous Convulsions will be Jean Genet's The Thief's Journal partnered with Federico Garcia Lorca's "Theory and Function of the Duende" PDF version of the Lorca essay downloadable
Turf Projects, 46–47 Trinity Court (ground floor), Whitgift Centre CR0 1UQ Croydon
free! Free refreshments

Sunday February 25, 10 am–5 pm

Lacan/Foucault: Author, Subject, Vitalism/Materialism : one-day intensive course comparing and contrasting Lacan’s and Foucault’s respective stances on subjectivity etc
Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead NW3 5SX
£65/£50 bookable online

Sunday, February 25, 2—4 pm

Keats House Poets Present. . . Ella Frears : + open-mic poetry (sign up from 1.45 pm), hosted by Dean Atta
Keats House, 10, Keats Grove, Hampstead NW3 2RR
free but register online

Tuesday, February 27, 7–8 pm

A Sentimental Journey: Martin Rowson and Iain Sinclair: discussing Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy
London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place WC1A 2JL
£10; book online

Tuesday, February 27, 7–11 pm

Contraband Live: Launch of David Miller, Spiritual Letters (Contraband Books, 2018), with readings from David Miller, April Fredrick, Steve Torrance and Matt Martin + music from Steve Torrance, April Fredrick and David Miller + poetry and performance from Fran Lock, Michael Zand and Karen Sandhu + Open Mic slot + Contraband book-stall
Contraband Books, in the Apollo Concert Room, The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell EC1R 0EG
Entry is free

March

Thursday, March 1, 7.30 pm

Amy De'Ath & Jon Clay
Xing the Line at Iklectik Art Lab, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo SE1 7LG
£5 or £3

Thursday, March 1, 6.30 for 7,15–9 pm

Launch of Natural Phenomena by Meryl Pugh supported by Nancy Campbell
Penned in the Margins at Nomadic Community Garden, Fleet Street Hill, Shoreditch E1 5ES
Free entry. RSVP essential

Saturday,March 3,2–4 pm workshop tbc

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

Wednesday, March 7, 6–8 pm

Cathay, introduced by Kent Su
London Cantos Reading Group, in room 234, Senate House, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome, hand-outs and wine will be provided

Thursday, March 8, 7 pm

English PEN Modern Literature Festival III: Mona Arshi for Zehra Dogan, Helen Palmer for Me Nam, Sara Upstone for Dawit Isaak, Adam Baron for Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, Prudence Chamberlain for Patiwat Saraiyaem and Pornthip Munkhong, Eley Williams For Tsering Woeser, David Spittle for Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury, and 2 more writers tba
Writers' Centre Kingston at All Saints Church Kingston upon Thames, 14–16 Market Place, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP

Tuesday, March 8, 7–9 pm

Joey Connolly, Edward Doegar, Jemima Foxtrot + Rebecca Tamás
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road N1 7RW
free book online

Saturday, March 10, 4–6 pm workshop

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

Tuesday, March 13, 7.30 pm

Andre Bagoo, Laurie Duggan & Carol Watts
Shearsman Reading Series at Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH
no admission fee

Wednesday, March 14, 7–8 pm

Kaveh Akbar and Richard Scott , reading and in conversation
London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place WC1A 2JL
£10; book online

Friday, March 16, 2–6 pm

Maladies of the Book Symposium 4: Samuel Beckett
Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought and Department of Art Goldsmith University of London in ? the Studio, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall SW1Y 5AH

Friday, March 16, 7 for 7.30–9 pm

Kaveh Akbar with Rachel Long and Holly Singlehurst
The Poetry Society at The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street WC2H 9BX
£8 or £6

Saturday, March 17, 10 am–7 pm

Writing Women and Suffrage: Bedford Square : Conference with banner-making and march — 10–11 am Rosemary Ashton (keynote), The Ladies' College at 47 Bedford Square: Where it all Began; 11–11.30: Coffee, Student Projects and Banner Viewing; 11.30–12.30 pm: David Herd, The Campaign for Women’s Suffrage and the Campaign to End Indefinite Immigration Detention: Some Points of Intersection & Drew Milne, Women's Suffrage and the Biotariat; 2.30–1.30: Lunch, Banner Making, Student projects on view; 1.30–2.30: Georgina Colby, Kathy Acker and New Forms of Suffragism, and Sarah Hayden, Sugar of fictitious values. A Loy-al lecture-poem; 2.30–3.30: readings & film — Andrea Brady, Nisha Ramayya, Redell Olsen (Now Circa 1918); 3.30–4.30: Tea, Banner Making, Procession; 5.00: Arrive Woburn Room, Senate House: Drinks; 5:30: Isabel Waidner, reading from Gaudy Bauble (2017) and They Are Made of Diamond Stuff, & Deborah Levy reading from The Cost of Living (Hamish Hamilton, 2018); 7.00: Close and thanks
Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre, 11 Bedford Square WC1B 3RA
free but register

Saturday, March 17, 7 for 7.30 pm

The Poem Brut: SJ Fowler, Sam Skinner, Chrissy Williams, Lavinia Singer, Matvei Yankelevich, Julia Rose Lewis, Julia Schuster, Olga Moskvina, Oliver Mayeux, Mischa Foster Poole, Ruhi Parmar Amin, Andrew Bagoo, Saradha Soobrayen and more
curated by SJ Fowler at Venue 2, Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA
free

Saturday, March 17, 8 for 8.30–10.30 pm

The Remote Viewers: David Petts, Adrian Northover, John Edwards); poetry from Gabrielle Repunk Tyrrell; Bicycle Clip Sex: James Holcombe, Hugh Metcalfe, Matt Scott; Sir Gideon Vei;, Alix Hyde
Klinker Club at no.h.here, first floor, 316–318 Bethnal Green Road E2 OAG
£7/£4 concessions

Sunday, March 18, 7–11 pm

Collusion (pt.2) open mic experimental/innovative/participatory/other music and poetry
Capital Letters at Grow, Hackney, 98C Main Yard, Wallis Road, Hackney Wick E9 5LN

Monday, March 19, 5.45–8 pm

Open Evening — MA Creative Writing (Poetic Practice): 5.45–6 pm: Pre-Tour of building/classrooms (optional); 6–7: Alumni reading and Q&A; 7–8: Q&A session with the MA tutors
Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre, 11 Bedford Square WC1B 3RA
register, but please notify if unable to attend — limited space

Tuesday, March 20, 7.30 pm

STRANGE UMBRELLAS #19 w/ Blanca Regina / Xname + Emmaalouise Smith + Alan Courtis / Adam Bohman + Bea Haut + Karel Doing / Pierre Bouvier Patron / Jack Goldstein + STEVE BERESFORD / SATOKO FUKUDA
Strange Umbrellas at Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£8/£6 online