Home Innovative Poetry Readings in London

For cut down mobile friendly version, covering just next four weeks, go to www.modernpoetry.org.uk/mobilepoetry.html mobileOK.

You need to know I plan to stop updating this page some time this August, during what is effectively the summer recess. Two reasons: (1) it is taking ever-increasing amounts of my time, and I am quite restricted in terms of available free time (including time to actually attend any of these events), so I've got fed up; (2) the whole nature of the innovative poetry scene is changing — undoubtedly for the better. The initial impulse of the British Poetry Revival that caught me up is now essentially primarily of antiquarian, academic and anecdotage interest. Its impulse is transformed into new mutations, blends, discoveries and revivals. The old tribes have mainly died out; instead there are new tribes, with their own cults, technologies and histories. Look, I'm just too old — that simple! to record current developments properly. If anyone wants to continue and take over the branding for this page — contact me via Modernpoetry.org.uk Collective Facebook, my Facebook page, or, email me on peter@greatworks.org.uk. Otherwise it just stops. So, comrades, organise, communicate and publicise to seize the future!

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 Try too, though it is out of date, the readings and other events section of modernpoetry.org.uk's Links page.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: June 21


Exhibitions &c

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

Instagram Poetry: Earlier this year, the National Poetry Library put a call out for Instagram poems. This exhibition showcases the best of these submissions, ranging from work featuring striking typographic design to social comments and emotional confessions, as well as a selection of short Instapoetry films. The exhibition provides the perfect introduction to this emergent form of poetry.
Maybe it is a future worth investigating

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

Wednesday
March 14–
Sunday
August 5
10 am–6 pm
Fri and Sat until 10 pm

Joan Jonasa pioneer of performance and video who has pushed the boundaries of art for the last five decades. 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, drawing on their narratives and characters and reassessing them via contemporary Las Vegas

Tate Modern, Bankside SE1 9TG
ticketed: £11/£10

June

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

Thursday
June 21
7–9 pm

Poetry London Summer 2018 Launch Readings : Alice Notley, Dom Bury, Rebecca Tamás and Natasha Trethewey

Poetry London at Hall Two, Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG
£6.50 book online

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

funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council at Iklectik Art Lab, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo SE1 7LG
free

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

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, and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served at both events. Please 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

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

Saturday
June 30
2–4 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email wfuk dot org dot uk

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: this event celebrates in literature the world’s oldest sports, wrestling and boxing, examines our ongoing fascination with combat sports, exploring their history, culture and paradoxes, with Lynn Nead, Oliver Goldstein, Declan Ryan, Annna Whitwham, Toby Litt, Simon Pomery, Iris Colomb, Joe Turrent, Stewart Home and more

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

Saturday
June 30
8 pm–12.30 am!

Octavia Poetry Collective presents: Africa Writes Party 2018. The Year of the Womxn: a Wakanda-themed event featuring art displays, gal-dem DJs and a line-up of poets including Sarah Lasoye, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Hibaq Osman, Rachel Long, Belinda Zhawi, Amina Jama, 2018 African Poetry Prize winners Theresa Lola and Momtaza Mehri (the 2018 Young Laureate for London). Award-winning author and long-time advocate for writers of colour Bernardine Evaristo will deliver a speech 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

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

Creative Translation: Translating can be viewed as a form of personal expression and a comment on the original text, and this course will take this idea to its extreme to hone your voice and generate poetry through the transformation of other kinds of texts and art forms into poetry. 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

July

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
BYOB

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 . . . Mysteriously experimental, over these two nights, this project will seek to find a balance on the affective-semantic edge — or fulcrum — of language, sound, group and time. In developing and enacting a performance—balancing on Broken Bottle and elevated on Perfume Traces — the group will go where words don't and back. 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
7.30 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

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

Wednesday
July 11
10 am–5 pm

Reading and Performing your poetry: The course will include: voice techniques and breath, microphone techniques, combating nerves, adapting to venues, (festivals, tents, pubs, reading for radio), memorizing versus reading, and give writers a chance to practice reading aloud and get feedback from peers and the course leaders.

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

Tuesday
July 10
7.30 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

Friday
July 13
7–8 pm

Save Your Eyes: A Tribute to Tom Raworth: celebration of his writing life + belated launch of his last published book: Save Your Eyes, a collection of surrealist short stories, translated from the Spanish of Hars Arp and Vicente Huidobro, with Val Raworth, Tim Atkins, Sara Crangle, Iain Sinclair, Tom Pickard, Philip Terry, Denise Riley, and Sam Ladkin

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

Saturday
July 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

Tuesday
July 17
6–9 pm workshop

Carcanet Launch: Simon Smith & Harry Gilonis

Carcanet Press at 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

in collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and Queen Mary University of London at London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place WC1A 2JL
£10; book online

Friday
July 20
7–8 pm

Writers on Recordings: Mark Ford on John Ashbery

in collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and Queen Mary University of London at London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place WC1A 2JL
£10; book online

Saturday
July 21
2–4 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email wfuk dot org dot uk

Tenderbooks, 6 Cecil Court, Charing Cross Road WC2N 4HE

Saturday
July 21
10 am–5.30 pm

Introduction to Letterpress : hands-on introduction to letterpress and an ideal opportunity for anyone who would like to acquire a practical knowledge of this craft at a beginners level.

New North Press, 45 Coronet Street, Hoxton N1 6HD
£120/£80, book online; lunch and all materials are provided, but please wear old clothes or bring an apron.

Wednesday
July 25
7.30 pm

EnCOUnTErs: Kate Carr + Sharon Gal + Lee Patterson

curated by Helen Frosi at Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£10, £8 advance

Thursday
July 26–
Sunday
September 23
11 am–8 pm
not Mondays

Language Shift : An exhibition of work by artist Mary Kuper that respond to the National Poetry Library's collection of poems in European languages. Also on display are poetry films and poems in translation from the Talking Transformations project, curated by Ricarda Vidal and Manuela Perteghella.

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

August

Saturday
August 11
2–4 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email wfuk dot org dot uk

Tenderbooks, 6 Cecil Court, Charing Cross Road WC2N 4HE

Saturday
August 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

Saturday
August 11
1–11 pm

Collusion Festival an all-day festival, which showcases music, poetry, and other forms in a variety of styles. There might be a boat. with Amy Cutler, Shoreditch Knights, and lots more tba

Capital Letters at Grow, Hackney, 98C Main Yard, Wallis Road, Hackney Wick E9 5LN
a free event, but we will be donating money to https://www.mindinhackney.org.uk/, and we will encourage our guests to make a donation on the day

Sunday
August 14
7.30 pm

Lydia Lunch & Weasel Walter: Brutal Measures: a longform composition featuring tense spoken word versus manic free drumming outbursts, glued together by cryptic electronics

Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£18 or £16 advance

September

Saturday
September 8
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
September 18
7–9 pm

The Forward Prizes for Poetry Ceremony: shortlist includes Vahni Capildeo, presented by Bidisha &Chris McCabe

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

Saturday
September 22

Free Verse: Poetry Book & Magazine Fair

managed by The Poetry Society at Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU

October

Saturday
October 6 &
Sunday
October 7

A Life Between Two Islands: a two day exploration of migration, personal stories and inspiration through talks, screenings and performances all inspired by cultural theorist, Stuart Hall. We will be presenting and discussing the work of emerging thinkers and artists who are currently living between two cities or countries.

Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL

Wednesday
October 10
7 pm

Illuminations V : Ingeborg Bachmann: featuring Karen Leeder, Ana Schnabl and more

Illuminations at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate SW7 1PQ
free, but probably booking online required

Saturday
October 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

Saturday
October 13

The European Camarade

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

Saturday
October 27–
Sunday
October 28

Race and Poetics and Poetry in the UK: Legacies of Colonialism : This conference is a follow up to the first Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK symposium that took place in London in February 2016. We call for the radical re-thinking of the ways in which poetry and poetics are conceived, analysed, and discussed in the UK, of the ways in which poetry and poetics are undergirded by legacies of colonialism in terms of racialized belief systems, practices, and sciences. We do not propose ameliorative and tokenizing 'diversity' practices, but a wholesale overturning and rethinking of 'English-language' 'Anglo-American' poetry and poetics from the foundations up, taking account of racial ideologies, which cannot be thought separately from class and gender. We aim to expose the liberal myths of multiculturalism, 'colour-blindness', and 'post-racial society', and to explore how the discourse of 'diversity' impedes frank discussions of racism in literary and academic contexts. This conference is about radical politics as much as it is about radical poetics. organising committee includes: Janani Ambikapathy, Mary Jean Chan, Amy De’Ath, James Goodwin, Edmund Hardy, Nat Raha, Nisha Ramayya, Sophie Seita, Sam Solomon, Siddharth Soni, Laurel Uziell, Dorothy Wang

Queens' College, University of Cambridge
CFP: 200-word proposals to racepoetrypoetics@gmail.com by Sunday 1st July 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
£12.50, savers £9.50, book online with £3 booking fee

November

Friday &
Saturday
November 9 & 10
11 am–7 pm

Small Publishers Fair 2018

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL
admission free

Saturday
November 10 tbc
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
November 10
7 for 7.30 pm

Poem Brut / Rich Mix IV: new work from SJ Fowler, Susanna Crossman, Imogen Reid + new performances from the Transmedia Project: Mexico and UK: poets: Steven J. Fowler, Caroline Bird, Anthony Anaxagorou, Rocío Ceróón; visual artist: Rubén Gil; sound artists: Abraham Chavelas and Iris Garrelfs

curated by SJ Fowler at Venue 2, Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA
free

Saturday
November 24

Kingston Camarade

Writers' Centre Kingston at Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA

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.