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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 Try too, though it is out of date, the readings and other events section of modernpoetry.org.uk's Links page.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: April 15/6/7


Exhibitions &c

Friday
March 16– Sunday
April 29;
Wednesday–
Sunday: 11 am–5 pm

A cap, like water, transparent, fluid yet with definite body: Bryony Gillard presents a new body of work exploring relationships between experiences of transformation, retreat and resistance. The project draws on the writings of the Modernist poet H.D and her experiences of psychic breakdown and creative and sexual awakening on the Isles of Scilly in 1919. After a period of severe trauma in her life, H.D withdrew to the islands with her lover and collaborator Bryher. During this time of retreat, she had what she referred to as her 'jelly-fish experience' — a state of autonomous sexuality and creativity described through the metaphor of a jellyfish; tentacled connections between female erotic body and mind. Gillard's work explores peripheral landscapes as transformative; enabling experiences that exist beyond the otherwise visible or thinkable; providing refuge to exist outside of what is accepted and understood. The work features documentation from a peer led workshop with artist Viki Browne, dancer Danni Spooner, writer and researcher D-M Withers, vocal improviser Maggie Nicols and the artist. + film of the Scilly Isles, & HD's own texts, & music from Autobitch.

Turf Projects, supported by Arts Council England, Croydon Council, FEAST and the Peninsula Arts Film Award, at 46–47 Trinity Court (ground floor), Whitgift Centre CR0 1UQ Croydon
free and open to all

Wednesday
February 7–
Sunday
May 20
Saturday–
Wednesday: 11 am–8 pm
Thursday &
Friday: 11 am–8 pm
Bank Holiday Mondays: 12 noon–8 pm
Good Friday: 12 noon–9 pm

Yto Barrada, Agadir: a dramatic installation — encompassing a mural, film commission, sculptures, and a series of live and recorded performances — to consider how a city and its people might address the process of reinvention following disaster. Barrada takes as her starting point a surreal text by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine — Agadir (1967) — reflecting on the devastating earthquake of 1960 that destroyed much of the modernist Moroccan city., translated by Pierre Joris; Live performances will take place on selected Saturdays — 10 & 24 February, 3 & 31 March, 21 & 28 April, 5 & 12 May (all tbc)

The Curve Gallery, the Barbican, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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

April

Tuesday
April 17
7.30 for 8–10.30 pm

Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (voice)/Phil Gibbs (guitar)/Matthias Boss (violin)/Matt Scott (accordion) Belgium vocal virtuoso & company; Klaus Bru & guests; more tbc

Klinker Club at The Horse Hospital, 30 Colonnade, Bloomsbury WC1N 1JD
£7/£4 concessions

Tuesday
April 17
7.30 pm

Speaking Rzewski by Stephane Ginsburgh: for Frederic Rzewski’s 80th birthday, Stephane Ginsburgh revisits three masterpieces for speaking pianist based on meaningful and politically engaged texts — De Profundis (1992), explores Oscar Wilde’s prison text; a solo version of the ultra famous Coming Together (1971), a repetitive-iterative piece based on one of Sam Melville’s letters written while imprisoned at Attica New York where he was killed during the 1971 riots; Dear Diary (2014), a cycle of five pieces composed for Stephane Ginsburgh on the composer’s texts, where he deals with subjects like capitalism, school and solitude.

Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£8/£6 online

Tuesday
April 17
6.30–10 pm

Whose voice is it anyway? Feminist Inclusivity in Practice and Theory: Eleanor Perry, Linda Stupart, Isabel Waidner, and Nala Xaba — will consider how inclusive feminism is, whether and how it should be inclusive, and how their own work challenges, transgresses, problematises, experiments and interacts with feminism

curated by Isabelle Coy-Dibley and Genna Gardini for Salon-London at St Katharine's Precinct, Yurt Salon 2, Butcher Row, Limehouse E14 8DS
register online

Thursday
April 19
7–9 pm

Spring Locomotrix in collaboration with Birdsong: come along and read your favourite poems or literary passages, in an intimate circle, alongside a line-up of women/non binary/queer/immigrant/working class poets, writers, artists and makers reading work they cherish. The event will be hosted by writer Ari Haque and will celebrate writing and reading poetry as self-care, as well as orality as a powerful community-making act. with Vera Chok, Iris Colomb, Serena Braida, Jane Ryan + more TBC

Locomotrix & Birdsong at Housmans Radical Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Road N1 9DX

Saturday
April 21
12 noon–7 pm

Non-Normative Poetry Bookfair: Bookfair for presses publishing work that pushes through the boundaries of the normal, whether that's the sociopolitical normal, gender norms, or formal norms of poetry, with readings on the hour every hour. Confirmed to date: Carnaval, Contraband, Crater, Great Works, Hesterlock, homebakedbooks, Johan de Wit, Knives, Forks and Spoons, London Materials/Splinter, Lumin Journal, Shearsman, Singing Apple, Spanner, Stinky Bear, Tipped Press, Veer, Zarf + books from Sad/Mad/Bad Press and sociopathic distro/racidalfeminismzine
Readings: 1–1.20 pm: Knives, Forks and Spoons — Julia Rose Lewis, Prudence Bussey-Chamberlain (tbc), Carnaval — Virna Teixeira; 2–2.20: London Materials/Splinter — Tom Allen, Naomi Webber, Great Works — Peter Philpott; 3–3.20: Crater — Jeff Hilson, Montenegro Fisher, Johan de Wit/Writers Forum Workshop — New Series: Antony John, Wayne Clements; 4–4.20: Contraband — Eleanor Perry, Verity Spott, Spanner — Allen Fisher, Pierre Joris; 5–5.20: Stinky Bear — Linus Slug, Veer — Doug Jones, Aodan McCardle; Singing Apple — Camilla Nelson; 6–6.20: homebakedbooks — Mike Weller, Hesterglock — Paul Hawkins, Jude Cowan Montague (tbc), Laurel Uziell

T Chances, 399 Tottenham High Road N17 6QN
bar; food to eat nearby

Saturday
April 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.

Sunday
April 22
7 pm

PRAXIS 8 — Phil Minton & Simon Pomery, Allen Fisher, Camilla Nelson, curated by Simon Pomery (as Blood Music also singing with Phil Minton)

with support from Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre at Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£5 door only

Monday
April 23
10 am–5 pm

Eric Mottram Remembered: "poet, professor and cultural firebrand": conference, with an exhibition of manuscripts, books and digital material — 10 am: Coffee, tea and biscuits 10.30: welcome by Geoffrey Browell, followed by introduction to the Mottram papers and her recent work on them by Valerie Soar: Eric, the man and his archive; 11.00: Allen Fisher on Eric Mottram and Painting; 11.45: Dale Carter on Eric Mottram and Politics; 12.30 pm: sandwich lunch provided by Archives in the Council Room, and a chance to see some material from Eric Mottram's Archive; 1.30: Juha Virtanen on The Legacy of the British Poetry Revival and the Materiality of Archives; 2.10: Panel discussion on the legacy of Eric Mottram, with Ken Edwards, Peter Middleton, Gavin Selerie, Robert Hampson, Peter Barry, and Mike Hrebeniak (tbc), chaired by Clive Bush, followed by Q&A; 3.05: Coffee, tea and biscuits; 3.20: Visual recordings by Will Rowe (title tbc) and John Whiting, Obi-Wan Kenobi meets Admiral Ackbar: Eric Mottram talks with Erik Bauersfeld at October Sound; 4.15: Pierre Joris on A Transatlantic Turbine: Eric Mottram in the World Today (tbc); 5: Close, and a further chance to see some material from archive

sponsored by the Archives Department in the Council Room, 2nd floor of the Strand Building, King's College London, The Strand WC2R 2LS
£5/£3 concessions

Monday
April 23
6.30–8.30 pm

Artists' Books Now: Here and Now: this first event will explore the meanings and pleasures of artists' books, looking at the Here and Now of the world that they address, with Eleanor Vonne Browne, artist and founder of bookshop and project space X Marks the Bökship, the visual artist and performer Lydia Julien, zine artist and librarian Holly Callaghan, the visual artist and graphic designer Danny Aldred, the artist and researcher Amanda Couch, the art librarian and researcher Gustavo Grandal Montero in conversation with the medieval manuscripts specialist Julian Harrison, and the artist and researcher John McDowall + tbc

curated by Egidija Čiricaitė, Sophie Loss, Jerry Jenkins and Richard Price in the Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB
free, but book online

Monday
April 23
7.30 pm

The Women Poets Who Changed 1968: Adrienne Rich: Joanna Bourke & Mary Jean Chan

Poet in the City at Wilton's Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley E1 8JB
£10–£16 full price, £8–£14 concessions, book online

Tuesday
April 24
6.30–8.30 pm

INTACT & The Disinherited: ecopoetry event — Helen Moore launches two books, INTATTO/INTACT, co-authored with Massimo D'Arcangelo & Anne Elvey (Las Vita Felice, 2017) + The Disinherited (Green Seer Books, 2017); + matt martin, Mario Petrucci, Stephen Watts & music from Armorel Weston

upstairs at The Dog House Pub, 293 Kennington Road SE11 6BY
entry by donation

Wednesday
April 25
6.50–9 pm

Caplet // Scott Thurston, Rhys Trimble

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

Wednesday
April 25
7.30 pm

James Davies : Peter Jaeger : Ghazal Mosadeq & Katherine Bash

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

Wednesday
April 25
6–8 pm

Carl Kears: Old English and Contemporary Poetic Archives — on the work of Bill Griffiths and the Eric Mottram collection

Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar, Room 243, Senate House Library, University of London, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome; wine provided

Wednesday
April 25
6–8 pm

Canto 89, introduced by Helen Carr

London Cantos Reading Group, in room G21A, Senate House, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome, hand-outs and wine will be provided

Wednesdays
April 25–
May 30
6.30–8.30 pm

Course: The Written Eye — Poetry & Photography: SJ Fowler leads an exploration of the post-war traditions of modern photography and avant-garde poetry in both practice and theory

The Photographers' Gallery, 16–18 Ramillies Street, Soho W1F 7LW
£220/£200; book online

Thursday
April 26
7–V.30 pm

The Art Poems — launch: Amanda Holiday (Akashic Books: New-Generation African Poets chapbook box series [Tano])

The Conservatory of The Bread & Roses, 68 Clapham Manor Street SW4 6DZ
£11, including copy of book & glass of wine; tickets available online

Friday
April 27
7.30 pm

Launch of An Ocean of Static: J.R. Carpenter

Penned in the Margins at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, Kings Cross NW1 2DB
Free entry. RSVP essential

Saturday
April 28
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
April 28
11 am–4 pm
& 4–8

Jan Brzezinski, Ffion Campbell-Davies, Agata Engelman, Clive Gresswell, Saskia Horton, Emily Simpson, Alva Wilson

part of Hive, at Theatre Deli, The Old Library, 39 Wells Wa, Camberwell SE5 0PX
£5 online and £7 on the door

Sunday
April 29
3–4.30 pm

A cap, like water, transparent, fluid yet with definite body: Performance // Tentacular thinking — improvised performance by Viki Browne, Maggie Nicols, Danni Spooner, D-M Withers and Bryony Gillard in response to the exhibition

Turf Projects at 46–47 Trinity Court (ground floor), Whitgift Centre CR0 1UQ Croydon
free, but book here

May

Wednesday
May 2
7–8.30 pm

In-conversation: Carlos Garaicoa with Robert Montgomery + Ziba Ardalan: This discussion will focus on the language of architecture and aspects of words and text within the urban environment. Both Garaicoa and Montgomery have varied approaches to reading the city which they apply to their works responding to social and political issues.

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road N1 7RW
£/6£ book online

Friday
May 4
7–9.30 pm

The White Review/Burley Fisher Poetry Salon: Belinda Zhawi, Kate Potts and others tbc, hosted by Kayo Chingonyi

Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road, Haggerston E8 4AA
£4, please book online

Friday
May 4
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.

Tuesday
May 8
7.30 pm

Kit Fryatt + Giles Goodland

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

Wednesday
May 9
6–9 pm

Launch of Long Poem Magazine Issue 19: Robert Minhinnick, Helen Tookey, Salah Niazi, Peter Dukes, Susie Campbell, Alison Gibb, Adam Horovitz & Edwin Stockdale, hosted by Lucy Hamilton, Linda Black & Claire Crowther

Barbican Library, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Refreshments / Free Entry

Wednesday
May 9
7.30 pm

Hannah Silva — Talk in a bit (Record Launch): performing also with the electronic virtuosity of Italian composer Luca Martegani and percussionist and winner of the Suisa Foundation Jazz Prize Lionel Friedli + duet Pluto: Silva teams up with Japanese sound poet, Tomomi Adachi, who has designed infra-red sensor jackets enabling the vocal virtuosos to collide sounds and meanings through gesture.

Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£10, £8 advance

Friday
May 11
7–9.30 pm

Wrestliana: Toby Litt in conversation with Steven J Fowler: readings and discussions (and perhaps even a little wrestling) to celebrate the release of Toby Litt's new memoir: Wrestliana

Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road, Haggerston E8 4AA
£4, please book online

Friday
May 11
7–9 pm

Stewart Home & Poetry for the Poorly Educated books release : On 11 May 2018 Morbid Books releases the collected poetry of avant-garde pioneer Stewart Home entitled SEND CA$H and POETRY FOR THE POORLY EDUCATED, a collection of poetry written for members of the public by L. "Tumbleweed" Parker from 2014–2018. Includes work from streets, festivals and corporate parties in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Hull, Hay-on-Wye, Ledbury & on the internet.

Housmans Radical Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Road N1 9DX
tickets in advance essential available online £3 refundable off book purchase; + a glass of cheap wine

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

Monday
May 14
7.30–10 pm

MIRLive: if you want to take part, submit online

The Mechanics' Institute Review at The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross WC1H 8JF
free

Thursday
May 17
7.30 for 8–10.30 pm

tbc

Klinker Club at Bethnal Green Working Mens' Club, 42–44 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green E2 6NB
£7/£4 concessions

Saturday
May 19
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

Monday
May 21
6.45 for 7–8 pm

Nobody: Alice Oswald & William Tillyer on Odysseus : The marine nobody at the heart of Alice Oswald's stunning new poem is an alias of Odysseus, one of his lost selves, adrift and unable to get home. Her words are his rhapsody, a circling shoal of sea voices which ends where Homer's epic begins. Join us for in evening in which word and image coalesce: in which Alice Oswald will recite her poem in its entirety and William Tillyer will project the watercolours which are its swirling and luminous source.

The Poetry Society and how to: Academy at The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, off Portobello Road, Notting Hill W11 2AY
tickets £26.60–£47.88 available online

Wednesday
May 23
7–8.30 pm

Poetry Playback: Giant by Richard GeorgesPoetry Playback is a new reading series in which a poet is invited to read from a recent collection or pamphlet in its entirety, from start to finish, as a single, sustained performance

co-produced with Poetry School at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road N1 7RW
£8/£6 book online

Saturday
May 26
10.30 am–1.30 pm

Poetry Workshop With Richard Georgesexplore poetry around the themes of travelling, exile and home

co-produced with Poetry School at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road N1 7RW
£8/£6 book online

Wednesday
May 30
6.50–9 pm

tba

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

Wednesday
May 30
6–8 pm

Contemporary Innovative Poetry Seminar: Laura Elliott and Angus Sinclair (para.text magazine) on paratextual poetries and publishing

Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar, Room 243, Senate House Library, University of London, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome; wine provided

June

Saturday
June 2

London Radical Bookfair 2018

Alliance of Radical Booksellers at Goldsmiths University of London, New Cross SE14 6NW

Saturday
June 2
11 am–5 pm

Surrey Poetry Festival 2018: Clémentine Bédos, Emma Bennet, Emma Cocke, Rebecca Cremin, Amy Cutler, Tina Darragh, Rob Holloway, P. Inman, Peter Jaeger, Sharon Kivland, Lila Matsumoto, Tom Jenks, Philip Terry, Scott Thurston + students from The University of Surrey; running order tbc; wine and cheese reception at 5 pm + evening soiree at 6.30, with the Poetry Festival joining The New Writer's Festival (also taking place at G Live) and features a variety of readers including Tom Jenks

supported by the University of Surrey, School of English and Languages, in conjunction with Surrey New Writers Festival at G Live, London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA
£5ish available from the door or from G Live sometime

Saturday
June 2
7.30 pm

Kei Miller, introduced and interviewed by Maitreyabandhu

PoetryEast: Carcanet series at the London Buddhist Centre, 51 Roman Road, Bethnal Green E2 0HU
£10 tickets available online

Wednesday
June 6

Poem Brut: Maja Jantar, SJ Fowler, Tom Jenks, Saradha Soobrayen (TBC)

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

Wednesday
June 6
10 am–5.30 pm

Memorizing your poetry: one-day course which looks at various different approaches to learning a poem. We hope that during the day everyone in the group will find something that really works for them, and aim to help poets build their confidence if they want to perform their work from memory rather than reading it.

livecanon at Diorama Arts Centre, Regent's Place, 201 Drummond Street, Kings Cross NW1 3FE
£80, tickets available online

Saturday
June 9
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

Sunday
June 10
2–6 pm writing workshop

"The first beast of the West was Eros." (Marina Warner): Creative writing workshop based on the story of Beauty & the Beast, arguably one of the oldest stories we have. Starting with 'Cupid and Psyche' we will see how Apuleius' tale became transformed by the salon culture of the 18th and 19th centuries, into the canonical version of the fairytale we know today. We will then look at two 20th century takes - extracts from the short stories of Angela Carter and Leonora Carrington — to explore some of the shifts of meanings which this tale has undergone. These different versions of the tale will be used to generate your own writing based on this ancient story. Tutor: Karen Whiteson

tutor’s flat in Primrose Hill NW1
£50 if signed up by 13th May/£60 thereafter. Contact: karenwhiteson@gmail.com, or on www.creativewritingsite.weebly.com

tbc Wednesday
June 13
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

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

Wednesday
June 27
6.50–9 pm

tba

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

July

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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.