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

April

Thursday, March 2–May; Thursday–Saturday, 12 noon–6 pm

Bookmare Project 2: of average sunlight: curated by Finlay Taylor and Susan Johanknecht, including books by Katherine Meynell, Les Bicknell, Colin Sackett, Kate Scrivener, Redell Olsen, Drew Milne, Mary Somerville with KM & SJ
a millimetre02 event at Kingsgate Project Space, 110–116 Kingsgate Road NW6 2JG

Tuesday, April 25, 7–8.30 pm

David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet: Thomas Dilworth discussing his new Jones biography (Jonathan Cape, 2017) with Robin Robertson, chaired by Rachel Cooke
London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place WC1A 2JL
£10; book online

Wednesday, April 26, 6–8 pm

Kat Peddie: Models of sociality in avant-garde poetry
Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar, Senate House, South Block, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome; wine provided

Wednesday, April 26, 6.30 for 7 pm

Illuminations I : celebrating Elfriede Jelinek: performances, readings and artworks by Hannah Silva, Jen Calleja, Patrick Coyle, SJ Fowler, David Rickard and Esther Strauss
Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate SW7 1PQ
free, online booking required

Wednesday, April 26, 6.30–8 pm

Trans* Manifestos: Thinking Against Essentialised Binaries: seminar will be joined by Verity Sprott
Gender, Sexuality & Violence Research Network in Room F44 (First Floor, New Wing), Somerset House, Strand WC2R 0RN
free, but register online

Thursday, April 27, 6 pm

South Bank Poetry Tour: accompany Chris McCabe
Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
£8.50: book online

Thursday, April 27, 6.30–8 pm

Houses are really bodies: escape, defiance and friendship in the writing of Leonora Carringtonprivate view
Cubitt Gallery And Studios, 8 Angel Mews, Islington N1 9HH
free

Thursday, April 27, 8 pm

Zena Edwards, Alex Bell, Diana Pooley and Tom Bland + Fini Bearman and band
Words and Jazz downstairs at Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, Dalston N16 8AZ

Friday, April 28–Sunday, June 4; Wednesday–Sunday, 12 noon–6 pm

Houses are really bodies: escape, defiance and friendship in the writing of Leonora Carrington
Cubitt Gallery And Studios, 8 Angel Mews, Islington N1 9HH
free

Saturday, April 29, 12 noom–12 midnight

Time: a sonic vigil: a performance space dedicated to the exploration of Time
Breathing Space & E5 Process photography collective at St Augustine's Tower, behind 354 Mare Street, St John's Churchyard, Hackney E8 1HR
free entry, drop in; limited disabled access to upper floors but all visitors able to experience immersive sound, performances and images on ground floor

May

Friday, May 5, 7–9 pm

European Poetry at Libreria: Endre Ruset, Alessandro Burbank, Max Hofler, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Theodoros Chiotis, Weronika Lewandowska, Frank Keizer, Dan Aleksander Ramberg Andersen, Astra Papachristodoulou and Martin Glaz Serup
Libreria Bookshop, 65 Hanbury St E1 5JP
free entry

Saturday, May 6, 12 noon–6 pm

The Poetry Stage: Surrey Poetry Festival: Amy De'Ath, Caitlín Róisín Doherty, Carol Leeming, Colin Herd, Gizem Okulu, James Cummins, Jeff Hilson, Prudence Chamberlain, Rachel Warriner, Richard Parker, Sejal Chad, Valgerður þóroddsdóttir, Vicky Sparrow + more
University of Surrey, School of English and Languages, in conjunction with Surrey New Writers Festival at G Live, London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA
£5.50 (£3 for students) for the day, available at the door

Saturday, May 6, 7.30 pm

European Poetry Night II: Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir and SJ Fowler, Jen Calleja and Bas Kwakman, Kinga Toth and Simon Pomery, Endre Ruset and Harry Man, Alessandro Burbank and Max Hofler, Weronika Lewandowska and Tom Jenks, Theodoros Chiotis and Vanni Bianconi, Henriette Støren and Astra Papachristodoulou, Livia Franchini and Maarten van der Graaf, Frank Keizer and Dan Aleksander Ramberg Andersen, Tomica Bajsic and Damir Sodan, Iris Colomb and Martin Glaz Serup
curated by SJ Fowler at Venue 2, Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA

Saturday, May 6–end of September; Wednesday–Sunday, 12 noon–11 pm

Austin Osman Spare — an Exhibition
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, 11 Mare Street, Dalston E84RP

Tuesday, May 9, 7.30 pm

JL Williams + tba
Shearsman Reading Series at Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH
no admission fee

Tuesday, May 9, 6–11 pm

Austin Osman Spare — an Exhibition: Private View
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, 11 Mare Street, Dalston E84RP
RSVP Allison Crawbuck

Wednesday, May 10, 6–8 pm

Helen Carr introduces Ur-Canto II
London Cantos Reading Group, Room 243, Senate House, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome, hand-outs and wine will be provided

Thursday, May 11–Sunday, July 9; 11 am–8 pm (not Mondays

A Fair Field Full of Folk: inspired by Fair Field — a major new re-imagining of Piers Plowman — this exhibition explores the enduring influence of the medieval mind on poets through a display of items from the NPL's collection
curated with Penned in the Margins at Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX

Thursday, May 11, 7.30 pm

A Fair Field Full of Folk Opening Event
curated with Penned in the Margins at Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
free but email specialedition@poetrylibrary.org.uk to reserve your place

Friday, May 12, 6.30–7.30 pm

French Poetry Live: collective performance led by Erica Jarnes — no preparation necessary, bring voice and ears
Institut français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT £10, concs £8

Saturday, May 13, 11 am–4.30 pm

Free Verse: The Poetry Magazine Fair: including Acumen Literary Journal, Agenda, Ambit Magazine, Butcher's Dog, The Frogmore Papers, The Interpreter's House, Long Poem Magazine, Magma, Modern Poetry in Translation (MPT), The North, Oxford Poetry, The Poetry Review, PN Review, Poetry London, The Rialto, Shearsman Magazine and Test Centre + evening do at Betsey Trotwood pub, from 5 pm
Free Verse at the church hal, Holy Redeemer, Exmouth Markets, Clerkenwell EC1R 4QE
free; please email poetrybookfair@gmail.com if you want to exhibit

Saturday, May 13, 4–6 pm workshop

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

Sunday, May 14, 12 noon–7 pm

DIY Cultures 2017: Zines, comics, activist day festival: themes for this year's festival include Radical Mental Health, Introvert Resistance, Resisting Crap Jobs, Unemployed Person of the Year, Self-Publishing for Activism, Brexit and DIY Knowledge
DIY Cultures at Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA

Wednesday, May 17, 6.50–9 pm

tba
Capital Letters in the Chapel at St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green E29PL
free

Thursday, May 18, 7–9 pm

Srnicek / Ashford Book Launch!: David Ashford's Autarchies (Bloomsbury, 2017) + Nick Srnicek's Platform Capitalism (Polity Press, 2016)
Marx Memorial Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU
Free drinks; free antry; but donations encouraged, fund-raising to support the local community-work of the Marx Museum Library

Thursday, May 18, 7.30 pm

Multiple Book Launch!: Helen Dimos, No Realtor Was Compensated For this Sale, Stephen Mooney, Ratzinger Solo, William Rowe, Collected Poems, Verity Spott, Kate's Dream Diamond Anti-Fatigue Matting Surface
Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet St EC4Y 1DH, (entrance in Bride Lane)
free entrance

Saturday, May 20, 6–8.30 pm

Preview: Carolee Schneemann, "More Wrong Things"
Hales Gallery, Tea Building, 7 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA

Saturday, May 20–Saturday, June 24; Wednesday–Saturday, 11 am–6 pm

Carolee Schneemann, "More Wrong Things"
Hales Gallery, Tea Building, 7 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA

Saturday, May 20–Friday, September 1

Worm Wood: SJ Fowler in collaboration with the artist Tereza Stehlíková on a film which fuses the industrial and reclusive landscapes of West London with poetry and text, as well as live events, installations embedded in the environment, an exhibition of these works and a publication
Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenter's Chapel and Gallery, Kensal Green Cemetery W10 4SR, entry from Ladbroke Road W10 5AA or Cemetery Main Gate, Harrow Road W10 4RA

Sunday, May 21

Tereza Stehlíková, Journey to the Interior performance: participatory performance involving all the senses and including a feast; inspired by George Bellas Greenough, geologist and a founder of the Geological Society, London and The Journey to the Centre of the Earth
part of Open Senses at Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenter's Chapel and Gallery, Kensal Green Cemetery W10 4SR, entry from Ladbroke Road W10 5AA or Cemetery Main Gate, Harrow Road W10 4RA
The performance is by invitation only: if you are interested in taking part, please contact: info [at] terezast.com

Sunday, May 21–Sunday, May 28

Tereza Stehlíková, Journey to the Interior performance: exhibition of the performance
part of Open Senses at Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenter's Chapel and Gallery, Kensal Green Cemetery W10 4SR, entry from Ladbroke Road W10 5AA or Cemetery Main Gate, Harrow Road W10 4RA