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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 Try too, though it is out of date, the readings and other events section of modernpoetry.org.uk's Links page.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: June 24


June

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

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 the 14th-century epic 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

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
May 26–
Saturday
July 1
Tuesday–Saturday
10 am–6 pm

Tom Phillips Connected Works

Flowers Gallery London Kingsland Road, 82 Kingsland Road, Dalston E2 8DP

Friday
May 26–
Friday
July 14
weekdays: 10 am–6 pm

Dom Sylvester Houédard: Typestracts; curated by Andrew Hunt

Richard Saltoun Gallery, 111 Great Titchfield Street W1W 6RY

Tuesday
June 27
7–8.30 pm

Brecht's War Primer: Tom Kuhn & Esther Leslie: As his family fled from the Nazis, "changing countries more often than our shoes," Brecht took photographs from newspapers and popular magazines and added short lapidary verses to each in a unique attempt to understand the truth of war using mass media. These photo-epigrams are collected in War Primer, a remarkable work first published in 1955 and made newly available in a new edition by Verso. chair Gareth Evans

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

Wednesday
June 28
6.50–9 pm

Phil Minton, Nisha Ramayya and Jonathan Catherall

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

Wednesday
June 28
5–8 pm

book launch of Sarah Jacobs, An Accumulation of Fictions: Volumes 1–288: at 7, Michael Weller will be performing extracts from Jacobs' After Nature: Highlights, Richard Makin will be reading extracts from An Accumulation of Fictions\; Volumes 289–384

Colebrooke Publications at Cass Art, 66 Colebrooke Row, Islington N1 8AB

Wednesday
June 28
7 for 7.30–8.30 pm

Grace Nichols, Miriam Nash and Chrissy Williams of Bloodaxe Books, presented by Jill Abram

Stablemates at Waterstones Piccadilly, 203/206 Piccadilly W1J 9HD
£10 on door, £8 in advance; including glass of wine

Wednesday
June 28
8.30 pm

Montenegro Fisher & guests: Gregorio Fontén, composer, musician and poet + Amparo Fontaine musician + Isa Suarez, composer, sonic artist and musician + Iris Colomb, poet + Montenegro Fisher hosting and weaving together noises and words

Last Wednesday Society at Biddle Bros, 88 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney E5 0QH
free

Thursday
June 29
6.30–7.30 pm

Chris McCabe: mapping the lost poets of Nunhead Cemetery

part of Rhyme and Reason 2017: Southwark Libraries' festival of poetry and music, outside at the old Chapel, Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove SE15 3LP
appropriate outdoor clothing

Thursday
June 29
6.30 for 7–8.30 pm

Dom Sylvester Houédard: Performance Evening — Adrian Fisher and Luna Montenegro (aka mmmmm), followed by a Q&A with the performers and Nicola Simpson

Richard Saltoun Gallery, 111 Great Titchfield Street W1W 6RY

Thursday
June 29
6.30 for 7.15–late

N+1 / White Review Summer Party: Tom Mccarthy, Claire-Louise Bennett, Sarah Howe, Francesco Pacifico, Mark Krotov, Matthew McNaught + DJ set by Jen Calleja (Sauna Youth)

n+1 and The White Review at the auditorium, Bold Tendencies, Floors 7–10, Peckham Multi-storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 5
free, there will be drinks.

Friday
June 30
7–11.59 pm

Get Frances Kruk to London!: not sure what the event is yet, but this FaceBook event page is for a fundraising campaign to raise money for a return ticket from Calgary to London, for money for her to live on from 1st August–18th September, to fund a return ticket from London to Poland so she can visit European family members while here, and to cover her student loan repayments while she is away (which the Canadian government unremittingly collect whether you are having serious medical treatment or not). So help the campaign and donate!

& bless you, Jennifer Cooke, for organising it!

Friday
June 30
7–10 pm

Launch — All fours, London: Nia Davies (Bloodaxe)

Iklectik Art Lab, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo SE1 7LG

July

Monday
July 3
Workshop and Panel: 2–5.30 pm
Performance: 6.30–8

Citizens of the Archive: The day features an exhibition of our collection of poetry by writers of colour, highlighting the Caribbean Arts Movement, radical black publishers from the 1960s onwards, small press poetry, and materials such as pamphlets, posters, and audio recordings. There are also reading and creative writing workshop activities centred on the exhibition, a panel discussion on reading lists and curricula, and a poetry reading in the evening. Workshop activities will be led by Denise Decaires Narain, Rachel Long, Sophie Mayer, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Nisha Ramayya and Samuel Solomon. The panel discussion will feature Nazmia Jamal, Kadija George and Denise DeCaires Narain. More names tba

in partnership with the University of Sussex at Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
free but you must email specialedition@poetrylibrary.org.uk to reserve your place

Tuesday
July 4
7 pm

Contraband Live: Peter Philpott + Antony John + tbc

Contraband Books at The Crown Tavern, Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell EC1 M6

Wednesday
July 5
8 pm

Celebrating Shearsman Books: SJ Fowler, Elisabeth Bletsoe, Siriol Troup and Peter Riley will read their work before a discussion between them and Shearsman editor Tony Frazer

Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
free but email specialedition@poetrylibrary.org.uk to reserve your place

Thursday
July 6
7 pm

Illuminations II : Erich Fried features: new performances from Robert Prosser, SJ Fowler, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, new experimental film from Joshua Alexander & new poetry from John Parham, Stephen Watts and more.

Illuminations 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
No booking necessary

Friday
July 7
7–8 pm & 8.30–9.30 & Saturday
July 8
5–6 pm, 7.30–8.30, 9–10

Fair Field: performance based on Piers Plowman, artists to include: Breach Theatre, Ross Sutherland, Francesca Millican-Slater, Nick Field and The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

Penned in the Margins at Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street EC1V 9LT
£tba online

Friday
July 7
7 pm

PRAXIS 7: Sophie Seita with Erin Robinsong and Iris Colomb

curated by Simon Pomery in association with the Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road N1 7RW
£5 suggested donation; booking required: email lala@parasol-unit.org

Saturday
July 8
4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series, with featured poet matt martin reading & in Q&A

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

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

Saturday
July 8
3–5 pm

Sound & Poetry in Granby Place, Lower Marsh: sound and poetry performances, featuring Rie Nakajima, Sue Lynch, Douglas Benford, Adam Bohman, Sharon Gal, Virna Teixeira & Albert Pellicer

part of Sonic Waterloo (with lots more interesting Sound Art events), presented also by Iklectik Art Lab, in Granby Pace, small alley off Lower Marsh on Waterloo Station side, Lambeth SE1 7AE
Free entry | All welcome, Kid Friendly, out of doors

Monday
July 10
7–9 pm

John Cage's Water Walk (1959): join Smith+Brown for the UK premiere performance of John Cage's Water Walk (1959) celebrating the launch of Alana Pagnutti's book Reception: The Radio-works of Robert Rauschenberg and John Cage. Performances of Water Walk by Arthur Bruce at 7.30 and 8.30, preceded by a reading by Angus Carlye of CRiSAP.

Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
free entry but please RSVP: info@smithandbrown.org

Tuesday
July 11
6.30–8.30 pm

Poetry Workshop: Abstract WitnessUsing the work of abstract painter Monique Frydman as a visual and sensual inspiration, you will be guided through a series of writing exercises designed to unlock your creativity. Engage with poems and texts that use abstract processes to 'witness' something new and exciting! with Simon Pomery

held in partnership with the drawing shed to accompany the exhibition by Monique Frydman (7 June–12 August 2017) at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road N1 7RW
£8/£6 (conc.); book online

Wednesday
July 12
7–9 pm

Book launch: Safe Mode by Sam Riviere: with special guests Jen Calleja and A K Blakemore

Test Centre at Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road, Haggerston E8 4AA
free but RSVP rsvp@burleyfisherbooks.com

Thursday
July 13
7 pm

The Ecchoing Green features: new work from Chris McCabe, SJ Fowler and Tom Jeffreys, responding to the cemetery and the area's redevelopment

Worm Wood 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
free

Saturday
July 15
11 am

Landscape Learn : a one day symposiumA walking tour and readings and talks, exploring urbanism and the psychological effect of the ever changing London environment

Landscape Learn: Meet at 11 am outside Willesden Junction tube station for the walking tour; talks and readings from 2 pm in 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
July 16

Sensory workshop led by Tereza Stehlíková: Exploring innerscapes and how narratives can be told through all the senses

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
For more information and to book a place please visit: https://sensorysites.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/sensory-workshop/

Thursday
July 20
7.30 pm

Alan Halsey + Doug Jones + tba

Xing the Line at Iklectik Art Lab, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo SE1 7LG
£5 or £3

Saturday
July 22–
Sunday
July 23
11 am–6 pm
Readings: Sunday 6 pm

The Uncorrected Independent Publishers' Fair: Books, prints, limited editions, spoken word on vinyl available at special event prices. CB Editions - Influx Press - L-13 Light Industrial Workshop - London Books - Tangerine Press - Test Centre - Walden Press

Test Centre at The Peckham Pelican, 92 Peckham Road SE15 5PY
Free entry all weekend - all welcome!

August

Saturday
August 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

Saturday
August 26

Walking Tour and Poetry Event: Enjoy it while it lasts, reflections on the Old Oak development. A tour to see what will disappear.

Worm Wood 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

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

Thursday
September 21
7–9 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018

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.