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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 Try too, though it is out of date, the readings and other events section of modernpoetry.org.uk's Links page.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: December 14


Exhibitions &c

Friday
December 8–
January 6

Hard to Read — Collected Paint Poems, Pansemia, Cinematic Drawings and Logograms of SJ Fowler

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

Monday
December 11–
Saturday
February 3
weekdays 11 am–late

Headbooks! : a winter exhibition of visual poems from the first two titles in the wildly experimental Headbooks series. Each book is an interactive, collaborative compendium combining the aesthetics of guidebook, catalogue and poetry anthology, melding the factual with the fantastical, the lyrical with the visual, and brand new work with remixed public domain art. Contributing artists include Forward Prize winner Vahni Capildeo, avant-garde Scottish poet and performer Harry Giles, CLiPPA Award winner Kate Wakeling and Burning Eye Books editor Clive Birnie. Included are scrapbooking and do-it-yourself pages so that every copy is customisable, blurring the line between reader and writer. The exhibition showcases collages, calligrams, mixed-media translations and telegraphic poems across two floors, including some exclusively redesigned for the exhibiting space.

curated by Sidekick Books' Kirsten Irving and Jon Stone at The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street WC2H 9BX

Thursday
November 16–
Sunday
February 25
11 am–8 pm
closed Mondays

Darkness Visible: participatory installation by artist Sam Winston, exploring perception and spoken word. After spending a number of weeks in his studio, living and drawing in complete darkness, Sam Winston has created an immersive exhibition which allows you to experience the creative impact of darkness. You can enter a newly commissioned dark room which is completely covered in text that has been written by the artist during the creation of the installation. + poetic responses by Emily Berry, Kayo Chingonyi, George Szirtes and others

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

Thursday
October 19–
Wednesday
March 28
Monday: by arrangement
Tuesday–
Saturday: 10 am–6 pm Sunday: 12 noon–5 pm

Parasolstice — Winter Light 2017 Robert MontgomeryRobert Montgomery's Poem in lights to be scattered in the square mile responds to the geography and neighbourhood surrounding Parasol unit

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road N1 7RW
free entry

December

Friday
December 15
7.30 pm

I fear my best work behind me by SJ Fowler : Stranger press Launch: SJ Fowler, Stephen Emmerson, Christian Patracchini, Molly Bergin, Christopher Stephenson & more. Celebrating Poem Brut, Stranger Press and art poems in live space.

The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street WC2H 9BX
free

Friday
December 15 &
Saturday
December 16
2–8 pm
10 am–5 pm

The 2017 London Children’s Book Fair aims to promote literacy amongst children, young people and families in the community by encouraging the joy of reading with literary and art workshops, readings by favourite authors, poetry and storytelling sessions. Featuring some of the most innovative and imaginative publishers, authors and illustrators of books for children and young people, this family event also includes book signings, educational workshops and a collaborative live drawing session with this year's Fair illustrator Emily Rand.

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road N1 7RW
free; food available on the Saturday

Saturday
December 16
3–5 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email Lawrence Upton (uptonlawrenceATgmailDOTcom

The King & Queen, 1 Foley St, Fitzrovia W1W 6DL

Saturday
December 16!
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

January 2018

Thursday
January 4
7.30–11 pm

Iain Sinclair with the Last London band

Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£8 or £6 (advance)

Saturday
January 6
3–5 pm workshop tbc

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email Lawrence Upton (uptonlawrenceATgmailDOTcom

The King & Queen, 1 Foley St, Fitzrovia W1W 6DL

Tuesday
January 9
7.30 pm

Lucy Hamilton & Lisa Samuels

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

Thursday
January 11
7 pm

Loving: Stephen Barber, Beth Brewster, Olga Kolesnikova, Silje Ree and Yvonne Litschel + tbc

Writers' Centre Kingston at Rose Theatre Kingston, 24–26 High Street, Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 1HL
free

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

Saturday
January 13
7.30 pm

Hard to Read — Collected Paint Poems, Pansemia, Cinematic Drawings and Logograms of SJ Fowler: closing event — Paul Hawkins, Imogen Reid, Christian Patracchini, Patrick Cosgrove, Mischa Foster Poole, SJ Fowler and more.

Rich Mix Gallery, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA
free

Wednesday
January 24
6.50–9 pm

Caplet // Nic Stringer //Martyn Crucefix

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

Wednesday
January 24
4.30–9 pm

Crosscurrents: Latin American and Anglophone Avant Gardes: 5 pm panel addressing various aspects of the connection between experimental poetics across Latin America and the English-speaking world — William Rowe, 'Raúl Zurita: time inside the poem', Jèssica Pujol Duran ('Publishing Across the New Avantgardes') and Macarena Urzéa Opazo (‘Reading the North American Avant-garde in Chilean and Peruvian Post Avant-garde Poetry’); 7 pm poetry reading — William Rowe, Montenegro Fisher, Stephen Watts and others

organised by Birkbeck's Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, the Crater Press and Alba Londres at Keynes Library, School of Arts Building, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD

Thursday
January 25
7 pm

Forgetting: Daniel Kahn, Meg Jensen and Adam Baron + tbc

Writers' Centre Kingston at Richard Mayo Centre, Main Hall, Eden Street, Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 1HZ
free

February

Saturday
February 3
3–5 pm workshop tbc

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email Lawrence Upton (uptonlawrenceATgmailDOTcom

The King & Queen, 1 Foley St, Fitzrovia W1W 6DL

Sunday
February 4
7.30 pm

Anthony Joseph presents Frequency of Magic: Curated by poet, novelist, musician and lecturer Anthony Joseph and featuring Jason Yarde, Rod Young, Neil Charles, Andrew John, Rachel Long, and Sid Bose.

Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£12/£10 online

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
7 pm

University Camarade: A Literary Showcase: featuring students from Kingston university collaborating with students from Edge Hill, York St John and Glasgow University creative writing programmes — readers including Yvonne Litschel & Bronte Pleasants, Vilde Torset & Abby Knowles, Jamie Toy & Edwin Stevens, Silje Ree & Hannah Summers, Emily Moyce & Jai Brough, Amjad Hajyassin & Lucy Cash, Jennah Fletcher & Joe Shaw, Svetlana Onye & Heather O'Donnell, Tom Young & Michael Sutton, Kieran Wyat & David Yeomans

Writers' Centre Kingston at Venue 2, Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA
free

Tuesday
February 13
7.30 pm

tba

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

Wednesday
February 21
6.50–9 pm

Caplet // Feb 21 2018 // Sarah Cave plus others

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

Thursday
February 22–
Wednesday
March 21

Scribbling and Scrawling: An open call exhibition presenting new visual literature on the theme of Scribbling and Scrawling — works that explore the handmade, the illegible, the dirty, the rough, the visual, the material, the calligraphic, the link — works which resist their content and express their context. Works that celebrate the notation, the forgotten, the colourful.

curated by SJ Fowler for Writers' Centre Kingston at The Museum of Futures, 117 Brighton Rd, Surbiton KT6 5NJ
free

Thursday
February 22
7 pm

Making: Stella Duffy, Ann Hulland, Diego Ferrari + tbc, marking the beginning of Scribbling and Scrawling

Writers' Centre Kingston at The Museum of Futures, 117 Brighton Rd, Surbiton KT6 5NJ
free

Saturday
February 24
3–5 pm workshop tbc

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email Lawrence Upton (uptonlawrenceATgmailDOTcom

The King & Queen, 1 Foley St, Fitzrovia W1W 6DL

March

Thursday
March 8

English PEN Modern Literature Festival III: Mona Arshi, Helen Palmer, Sara Upstone, Adam Baron on Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, Prudence Chamberlain on Patiwat Saraiyaem and Pornthip Munkhong, David Spittle on Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury, and 4 more writers to be announced

Writers' Centre Kingston at All Saints Church Kingston upon Thames, 14–16 Market Place, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP

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

Laurie Duggan + tba

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

Saturday
March 17
3–5 pm workshop tbc

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email Lawrence Upton (uptonlawrenceATgmailDOTcom

The King & Queen, 1 Foley St, Fitzrovia W1W 6DL

Saturday
March 17
7 for 7.30 pm

The Poem Brut: new work from SJ Fowler, Sam Skinner, Chrissy Williams, Lavinia Singer, Matvei Yankelevich, Julia Rose Lewis, Julia Schuster, Olga Moskvina, Oliver Mayeux, Mischa Foster Poole, Ruhi Parmar Amin and more. A literary event celebrating of the visual, visceral, messy, handwritten and colourful in poetry

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

Thursday
March 22
7 pm

Poem Brut: Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Harry Man, Tawny Andersen, Jeramy Dodds, Sarah Dawson, Lucy Furlong and more + tbc

part of Poem Brut, venue tbc
free

Wednesday
March 28
6.50–9 pm

tba

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

April

Thursday
April 5
7 pm

European Poetry Festival 2018: Opening Night: Pierre Alfieri, Agnieszka Studinska, Alessandro Burbank + tbc

Writers' Centre Kingston at Rose Theatre Kingston, 24–26 High Street, Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 1HL
free

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

Wednesday
April 25
6.50–9 pm

tba

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

Saturday
April 28
3–5 pm workshop tbc

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email Lawrence Upton (uptonlawrenceATgmailDOTcom

The King & Queen, 1 Foley St, Fitzrovia W1W 6DL

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

Saturday
May 19
3–5 pm workshop tbc

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email Lawrence Upton (uptonlawrenceATgmailDOTcom

The King & Queen, 1 Foley St, Fitzrovia W1W 6DL

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

June

Wednesday
June 6

Poem Brut

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

Saturday
June 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
June 9
3–5 pm workshop tbc

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email Lawrence Upton (uptonlawrenceATgmailDOTcom

The King & Queen, 1 Foley St, Fitzrovia W1W 6DL

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
3–5 pm workshop tbc

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email Lawrence Upton (uptonlawrenceATgmailDOTcom

The King & Queen, 1 Foley St, Fitzrovia W1W 6DL

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
3–5 pm workshop tbc

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email Lawrence Upton (uptonlawrenceATgmailDOTcom

The King & Queen, 1 Foley St, Fitzrovia W1W 6DL

August

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
3–5 pm workshop tbc

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email Lawrence Upton (uptonlawrenceATgmailDOTcom

The King & Queen, 1 Foley St, Fitzrovia W1W 6DL

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
£12.50, savers £9.50, book online with £3 booking fee

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.