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I use the FaceBook symbol to indicate there is also a FaceBook page for a given event and link to it. I have had the policy of preferring non-F/book sites (unless they have little useful information), as some people are wise enough to wish to have no dealings with the dreaded FaecesBök; but equally, some are happy to embrace this fallen world, and commit to its leading social network, and the FaceBook page is often updated more than a more formal website, and people can communicate via it. So I'll add the little symbol to sites where I am aware there is also a FaceBook page in addition to the page I have linked its name to. And don't forget you can use the FaceBook group page Modernpoetry/org.uk Collective for feedback, notification and communication, or, email me on peter@greatworks.org.uk, or use any other means of communicating with me you are aware of. Plus I've separated out long-lasting events, like exhibitions, put them in finishing order, and thus made it clearer when the current & forthcoming events start.

This listing obviously is restricted to London, which I take to include every inch of Surrey, and for the listing's purposes various other places within the Great Wen's embrace and travel area (which are not major sites of their own innovative poetry scene). Occasionally even Brighton. Other English innovative poetry scenes at present that may interest Great Works and modernpoetry.org.uk users:

The best source of information on all forms of poetry events in England is the Poetry Library's newsletter, which can be registered for at their Events page, or you can consult their Poetry readings page. Other good listings of events are on The Other Room (mainly North of England-focused, but often with London events involving Northern poets), Vents (on Twitter — Poetry Events@hixeros), and also Shearsman. You will find also useful material on The Poetry Gig Guide on WriteOutLoud, which has a national coverage & a wide range of events. Try too, though it is out of date, the readings and other events section of modernpoetry.org.uk's Links page.

Colour codings: new listing   change to event details   correction to listing   quoting publicity material   cancelled   personal comment. Updated: August 9


Exhibitions &c

Saturday
May 20–
Friday
September 1

Worm Wood: SJ Fowler in collaboration with the artist Tereza Stehlíková about West London, from Wormwood Scrubs to Kensal Green Cemetery, from Harrow Road to the Grand Union Canal, and that which there is disappearing, hidden, hiding or lost. Began in 2015, the primary outcome of the project is a film which fuses the industrial and reclusive landscapes of these areas of London with poetry and text, as well as live events, installations embedded in the environment, an exhibition of these works and a publication forthcoming.

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

Friday
July 28–
Sunday
September 24
11 am–8 pm
closed Mondays

The Mersey Sound at 50: Delve into the history and works of the Liverpool Poets in this exhibition of original manuscripts, ephemera, posters, audio and video material. curated by Catherine Marcangeli

Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX

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

August

Wednesday
August 16
6.30–9 pm

Sufi Night: Live Music, Storytelling, and Poetry: to accompany the exhibition Dhikr: Painting the heartbeat of Sufism by Saif Osmani, Khaled Hakim with composer Mark Wagner present part of The Book of Naseeb. A degraded epic written in a mixture of Quranic language, street argot, and Middle English, it follows two days in the life of a petty dealer as written by his Recording Angels. Second half is a performance by award-winning jazz musician Zayn Mohammed. also storyteller Alice Fernbank

Barbican Music Library, Level 2, The Barbican, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
tickets £7/£5 online or from Music Library

Wednesday
August 16
7 for 8 pm

A reading at Kensal Green Dissenter's Chapel: Eley Williams, Fabian Peake, Joe Turrent, Michael Zand, Ariadne Radi Cor, Clover Peake, Adriana Diaz-Enciso, Ahsan Akbar, Alex MacDonald, Lavinia Singer, Richard Scott, Jonathan Mann, Giovanna Coppola and an audio installation performance by Pascal O'Loughlin

part of Worm Wood Exhibition at Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenter's Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery W10 4SR, entry from Ladbroke Road W10 5AA (ring the doorbell if not open and the door will remain closed from 8 pm until the end of the event)
free

Wednesday
August 16
7–11 pm

Of Featherstorms Open: Poems/Sounds/Dislocation/Rooted/Mystery : Azad Ashim Sharma, Frances Kruk, Binnsclag, Nisha Ramayaa, Kayfabe, Daniel Spicer, Dolly Turing + DJ

curated by Dolly Turing at The Rose Hill, 70–71 Rosehill Terrace, Brighton BN1 4JJ (very near station!)
£5/£3 OTD

Tuesday
August 22
7–8.30 pm

Cambridge Literary Review 10 : Vahni Capildeo, Drew Milne, Luke Roberts and Eley Williams

London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place WC1A 2JL
£10; book online

Thursday
August 24–
Saturday
August 26
6.15–7.05 pm

The Iliad performed by Claire Goodall

The Camden Fringe at the Theatre, The Lion and Unicorn, 42–44 Gaisford Street, Kentish Town NW5 2ED
£8/6.50 tickets online

Thursday
August 24
7 pm

Special View: Performance NightThe exhibition's official special view before closing with screenings, interactive tours and performances, featuring new works in response to the place and themes on display from Gareth Evans, Thomas Duggan, Alexander Kell, Tereza Stehlikova, SJ Fowler and more to be announced.

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
free

September

Saturday
September 9
4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX

Saturday &
Sunday
September 16–17
7.30–9 pm
installation 11 am–6 pm free

Tom Phillips' Irma : an exquisite miniature opera exploring the search for unobtainable beauty through video projection, virtuoso piano quartet and vocalists. The work's first multimedia performance marks the 80th birthday of this Royal Academy artist and notable Peckham resident. Set within the South London Gallery, where Phillips first showed his work as a student, Irma is inspired by his most famous artwork A Humument, painted onto the pages of a Victorian novel bought for threepence on Peckham Rye in 1966. An hour long, Irma encompasses every aspect of an operatic performance in poetic, beautiful, enigmatic and miniature form. performed by Apartment House + gallery installation brings Phillips' intricate visual score to life through an evocative combination of soundscape and video

Sound UK at Main Gallery, South London Gallery, 65–67 Peckham Road E5 8UH
£15/£10 online

Wednesday
September 20
6–8 pm

Kotan Chronicles: Selected Poems, 1928—1943, by Genzō Sarashina (Isobar Press), translated by Dr Nadine Willems with Paul Rossiter: Dr Willems will show how literature acted not only as a subtle witness to changing times, but also a means of political resistance. Sarashina's poems were translated in collaboration with Paul Rossiter, a poet in his own right, who will contribute to the lecture from the perspective of his own field.

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation at Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle), Regents Park NW14QP
free, but booking required

Thursday
September 21
7–9 pm

The Forward Prizes for Poetry 2016: shortlist includes Ian Patterson, "The Plenty of Nothing"

Forward Arts Foundation at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
£15 Book Tickets Now

Thursday
September 21–
Saturday
September 23

Planetary Poetics Workshop: a group of specialists from different disciplines to debate and consider a variety of critical, theoretical and creative approaches to the idea of the 'planetary', exploring the nonhuman, the post-human and humanism; singularity, the universal and the limits of cosmopolitical thought; animal studies and ecocriticism; affect, new materialism and the politics of representation; 'nature', earthly finitude and speculative realism. Each of these themes addresses planetary (and extra planetary) narratives, imaginations, experiences and worldings, and their relationships with the fractal figure of the human. Throughout the poetic and the aesthetic will be explored as means through which to engage with, dramatize and produce new knowledge about our relationship to the planetary. keynote lecture by Rosi Braidotti; closing with the UK premier of Mark Kaplan's documentary film Village versus Empire(2016)

UCL Institute of Advanced Studies and Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney, at University College London, Gower Street WC1E 6BT
events free and open to all, but registration is essential

Thursday
September 21
6.30–9 pm

Book Launch of Sorrows of the Sun: Sogol Sur — published by the Skyscraper publications. There will be an introduction, an interview, and a performance/ reading from the book. There will be copies of the book to sell.

Keynes Library, School of Arts Building, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD
And wine

Friday
September 29
7.30–10.30

Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers: A whimsical and magical world of female friendship and immodesty, where jewels sing and books talk and geometry descends in octagons and hexagrams, in crushing cascades and nervous nebulas, Sophie Seita's Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers presents star-gazing conversations with Margaret Cavendish, Denis Diderot, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, and Karl Marx, to experiment with anachronistic astronomy, feminist and queer utopias, the silliness of rationality, and the politics and forms of erotic Platonic dialogues. Performed by Vahni Capildeo, Prudence Chamberlain, Adrianna Liedtke, Celine Lowenthal, Nisha Ramayya, Sophie Seita, and Emma Stirling; sculptural objects, set, and costumes by Anna Moser

supported by a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant and a Judith E. Wilson Grant at Bold Tendencies, Floors 7–10, Peckham Multi-storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 5
£5; available online

Saturday
September 30

Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair @PoetryBookFair

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL

October

Monday
October 2
7 pm

Iain Sinclair: The Last London: in discussion with Patrick Wright

Hall Two, Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG
£12.50, savers £9.50 book online

Tuesday
October 10
7.30 pm

Jordi Doce & Eduardo Moga

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

Saturday
October 14
4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX

November

Saturday
November 4 10 am–8 pm

Edge Poetics: A Symposium on Innovative and Speculative Creative Writing Practices in Higher Education.: with keynotes from Robert Sheppard and Nicholas Royle, and contributions from Helen Marshall and Daniel Watt, organisers Tim Jarvis, Keith Jebb and Lesley McKenna; CfP on Edge Poetics FaceBook

University of Bedfordshire, University Square, Luton LU1 3JU
admission free

Tuesday
November 7
7.30 pm

tba

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

Friday
November 10
& Saturday
November 11
11 am–7 pm

Small Publishers Fair 2016: an annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers. with exhibition, readings & talks

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL
admission free

Saturday
November 11
4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX

Wednesday
November 22
7 pm

Charles Baudelaire: Botanist of the Sidewalk: traverse the psychogeography of the city and explore the extraordinary impact of this writer through discussion and poetry. Mingle with us amongst the crowd on the boulevard...

Poet in the City and Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation in Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG
£14.50–12.50, savers £9.50 book online

Saturday
November 25

The Poem Brut: new programme of events, exhibitions and talks begins, exploring art poems, pansemic writing, abstract portraiture — the intersections between brutalism, text, handwriting and abstract illustration

curated by SJ Fowler at Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA

December

Saturday
December 9
4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX

Saturday
December 9

The Poem Brut: exhibition opening

curated by SJ Fowler at Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA

January 2018

Tuesday
January 9
7.30 pm

tba

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

Saturday
January 13
4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX

February

Saturday
February 10
4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX

Saturday
February 10

The Poem Brut II

curated by SJ Fowler at Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA

Tuesday
February 13
7.30 pm

tba

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

March

Saturday
March 3

English PEN Modern Literature Festival III

curated by SJ Fowler at Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA

Saturday
March 10
4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX

Tuesday
March 13
7.30 pm

tba

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

April

Saturday
April 7

European Poetry Night: London

curated by SJ Fowler at Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA

Tuesday
April 10
7.30 pm

tba

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

Saturday
April 14
4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX

May

Tuesday
May 8
7.30 pm

tba

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

Saturday
May 12
4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX

October!

Wednesday
October 31
7 pm

Ezra Pound: Making it New — Poet in the City: Born in America, but at home in the literary landscapes of London and Italy, Ezra Pound holds the foremost position in the modernist canon, a writer who transgressed the boundaries of form, politics and time. Regarded by his contemporaries as the man who made modern poetry possible, he playfully ruptured syntax, narratives and conventional rhythms to establish a discordant poetics.

Poet in the City in Hall Two, Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG
£14.50–12.50, savers £9.50 book online

Email me to give me details of any readings or other events to put on this page. Email me when I've made a mistake also, please! Or post on Modernpoetry/org.uk Collective. But do please note that this listing is of poetry (& some related activities) occurring within the tradition or community of British Innovative Poetry, because that's the only poetry that seems worthwhile to me. I can be very inclusive, alarmingly so I am sure to some; but there are clear limits to what I will publicise. Look back on modernpoetry.org.uk or on Great Works if you are unsure.