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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
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Exhibitions &c

Thursday, April 26–Sunday, July 1, 11 am–8 pm; not Mondays

Instagram Poetry
National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX

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


Thursday, June 21, 7–9 pm

Poetry London Summer 2018 Launch Readings : Alice Notley, Dom Bury, Rebecca Tamás and Natasha Trethewey
Hall Two, Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG
£6.50 book online

Thursday, June 21, 7.30–10.30 pm

Home and Exile: An evening of poetry and spoken word: AWATE, Bridget Minamore, Fran Lock, Joelle Taylor, hosted by Sam Berkson (aka Angry Sam)
Southwark Refugee Response, for Refugee Week, at The Peckham Pelican, 92 Peckham Road SE15 5PY
suggested donation £5

Friday, June 22, 7.30–10.30 pm

HYGNights #4: The interruption is the part between : Rosie Terry Toogood — Flluuiid; Sabrina Hasan & Esme Lewis-Gartside — Us bodies, a Socio-parasitology manifesto; Iris Colomb; Livvy Lynch
HYGNights at Hundred Years Gallery, 13 Pearson Street, Haggerston E2 8JD
£4 on the door — all proceeds to the artists; please reserve thru eventbrite

Monday, June 25, 11 am–10 pm

Poetry In Expanded Translation All Dayer: Tim Atkins, Emma Bennett, Vicki Bennett, Lee Ann Brown, Iris Colomb, Amy Evans, Montenegro Fisher, Harry Gilonis, Jeff Hilson, Sharon Kivland & Clémentine Bedos, Peter Manson, Tommy Peeps, Roehampton students (Tess O'Hara, Mehmet Suleyman, Steph Vickers, Jonathan Skinner, Zoë Skoulding, Simon Smith, Philip Terry; hosted by Jeff Hilson
Iklectik Art Lab, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo SE1 7LG

Tuesday, June 26, 2–8.30 pm

Contemporary WORK: Sam Solomon, Holly Pester, Lee Ann Brown hosted by Amy De'Ath and Luke Roberts: Seminar 2–5 Room 6.01, Virginia Woolf Building — Holly Pester and Sam Solomon to talk about their creative and critical writings; Reading 7–8.30 6th floor common room — Lee Ann Brown, Holly Pester, Sam Solomon
King's College London — Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway WC2B 6NR
free, all welcome, refreshments served at both events; book online

Tuesday, June 26, 7–8 pm

A.K. Blakemore, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Amy Key and Zaffar Kunial hosted by Martha Sprackland
London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place WC1A 2JL
£10; book online

Wednesday, June 27, 6–8 pm

Richard Parker on Canto 90
London Cantos Reading Group, in room 234, Senate House, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome, hand-outs and wine will be provided

Thursday, June 28, 6.30 for 7.15pm–12.30 am!

N+1 / White Review Summer Party: Chloe Aridjis, Julia Bell, Jill Crawford, Lucy Mercer, Sophie Robinson, David Wingrave
Bold Tendencies, Floors 7–10, Peckham Multi-storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 5

Saturday, June 30 &Sunday, July 1, 10.30 am–4.30 pm

Creative Translation: This hands on, experimental course will include: 'translating' English-language poetry into new English-language poems, making poems into and out of collages, creating poetry from sound, transforming short fiction and factual texts into poetry, and actually translating poems into English using pre-made 'gloss' translations from foreign-language poems. Tutor: Jen Calleja
The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU
£144, from website

Saturday, June 30, 2–4 pm workshop

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

Saturday, June 30, 7.30 pm

The Oldest Sport: a literary celebration of wrestling and boxing: with Lynn Nead, Sarah Victoria Turner, Oliver Goldstein, Declan Ryan, Annna Whitwham
curated by SJ Fowler at Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA

Saturday, June 30, 8 pm–12.30 am!

Octavia Poetry Collective presents: Africa Writes Party 2018. The Year of the Womxn: Wakanda-themed event featuring art displays, gal-dem DJs and poets including Sarah Lasoye, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Hibaq Osman, Rachel Long, Belinda Zhawi, Amina Jama, Theresa Lola and Momtaza Mehri + Bernardine Evaristo will speak on Warrior Womxn Writers
presented by Octavia Poetry Collective as part of Africa Writes at Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA
£8–10 book online


Sunday, July 1, 5.30–6.45 pm

Warsan Shire in Conversation: with Sheila Ruiz
part of Africa Writes at Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB
£10–10 book online

Monday, July 2, 7.30–11 pm

Splinter 3: Brandon Brown + Steve Zultanski
Flat 37B Glenton Road, Lewisham, SE13 5RS

Saturday, July 7–Sunday, July 8, 7.30 pm

Nathaniel Mackey and The Creaking Breeze Ensemble : Over two nights Nathaniel Mackey with the Creaking Breeze Ensemble will (re-)enact letters from Mackey's series of novels From A Broken Bottle . . . The Creaking Breeze Ensemble are Billy Steiger, Evie Ward, Paul Abbott, Seymour Wright and Ute Kangiesser
Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£10 or £8 advance each day; £15 online series pass for both

Tuesday, July 10, 7–9 pm

South American women poets at The Feminist Library: Lígia Dabul (Brazil), Luna Montenegro (Chile), Julieta Hanono (Argentine) and the Brazilian illustrator Lua Celina
Carnaval Press at The Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, Newington SE1 7XW
free admission

Tuesday, July 10, 7.30 pm

Kate Armitage / THF Drenching / Dave Jackson
Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£8, £6 advance

Wednesday, July 11, 10 am–5 pm

Reading and Performing your poetry
livecanon at Diorama Arts Centre, Regent's Place, 201 Drummond Street, Kings Cross NW1 3FE
£85, tickets available online

Wednesday, July 11, 7.30 pm

Carl Stone + People Like Us + Discussion with Carl Stone hosted by Vicki Bennett: including People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett) presents The Mirror
Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£12/£10 in advance

Friday, July 13, 7–8 pm

Save Your Eyes: A Tribute to Tom Raworth: celebration of his writing life by Val Raworth, Tim Atkins, Sara Crangle, Iain Sinclair, Tom Pickard, Philip Terry, Denise Riley, and Sam Ladkin + launch of last published book: Save Your Eyes, translated from the Spanish of Hars Arp and Vicente Huidobro
London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place WC1A 2JL
£10; book online

Saturday, July 14, 4–6 pm workshop

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

Tuesday, July 17, 6–9 pm workshop

Carcanet Launch: Simon Smith & Harry Gilonis
Calder Theatre Bookshop, 51 The Cut, Waterloo SE1 8LF
free event; wine will be served

Wednesday, July 18, 7–8 pm

Writers on Recordings: Nicola Barker on T. S. Eliot
92nd Street Y and Queen Mary University of London at London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place WC1A 2JL
£10; book online