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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 Try too, though it is out of date, the readings and other events section of modernpoetry.org.uk's Links page.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: March 26


March

Saturday
September 17–
Thursday
April 6
Wednesday–Sunday
12 noon–11 pm

Leonora Carrington — The Viktor Wynd Collection

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, 11 Mare Street, Dalston E84RP

Thursday
January 26–
Sunday
March 26
Wednesday–Sunday
12 noon–6 pm or by appointment

Jamie Crewe: Female Executioner: first solo exhibition in London by Glasgow-based artist Jamie Crewe. Comprising newly commissioned video, sculpture, print, and text-based works, the exhibition focuses on French writer Rachilde's Monsieur Venus: A Materialist Novel. Exploring what is at stake in historical reclamation, Female Executioner investigates what happens when a queer, transfeminine artist tries to touch, reflect on, or rehabilitate a historical work of fiction which seems to offer them ancestry.

Freelands Artist Programme Exhibition at Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street SE11 5RH

Tuesday
January 31–
Sunday
April 30
11 am–8 pm (closed Mondays)

Larkinworld

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

Thursday
March 2–
May; Thursday–
Saturday, 12 noon–6 pm

Bookmare Project 2: of average sunlight: Small books propose events that respond to notions of natural phenomena. Curated by Finlay Taylor and Susan Johanknecht including books by Katherine Meynell, Les Bicknell, Colin Sackett, Kate Scrivener, Redell Olsen, Drew Milne, Mary Somerville with KM & SJ

a millimetre02 event at Kingsgate Project Space, 110–116 Kingsgate Road NW6 2JG

Tuesday
March 28
7 for 7.30 pm

para·text issue 3 launch party: Eleanor Chandler, Amy Evans, Jazmine Linklater and Matthew Welton (more tbc) @paratextual

Iklectik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo SE1 7LG
suggested £2 donation, all welcome

Wednesday
March 29, 6–8 pm

Joshua Davies: Contemporary Medieval Poetry

Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar, Room 246, Senate House, South Block, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome; wine provided

Wednesday
March 29–
Saturday
April 22
Wednesday–Saturday
12 noon–6 pm

Pierre Guyotat: The exhibition is accompanied by the publication by Vauxhall&Company of a new translation of Eden, Eden, Eden by Paul Buck

Cabinet at Cabinet Gallery, 132 Tyers Street' Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens SE11 5HS

Thursday
March 30, 8 pm

Lit Cafe: Elaine Feinstein: Launching her latest collection The Clinic, Memory, Elaine will read from her work and talk to fellow poet Fiona Sampson about her remarkable life in poetry, including her poetic engagement with her Russian Jewish roots and friendships with the great and the good of the international poetry scene — Allen Ginsberg, Yehuda Amichai and Ted Hughes, to name but a few.

Lit Café, JW3, 341–351 Finchley Road, West Hampstead NW3 6ET
£10; book online

April

Saturday
April 1
2–9.30 pm

The English PEN Modern Literature Festival 2017: 2–3.30 pm Luke Kennard–Raif Badawi, Nisha Ramayya–Aseem Trivedi, Susie Campbell–Tsering Woeser, Lavinia Singer–Zhu Yufu, SJ Fowler–Waleed Abu Al Khair, Mischa Foster Poole–Alaa Abd El Fattah, Chloe Spicer–Dina Meza, Kate Wakeling–Nurmuhemmet Yasin, Denise Riley–Necmiye Alpay
4–5.30 Hannah Silva–Narges Mohammadi, Rebecca Tamas–Ashraf Fayadh, matt martin–Amanuel Asrat, John Hall–Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace, Carol Watts–Asli Erdoğan, Tom Jenks–Nabeel Rajab, Peter Philpott–Dawit Isaak, Camilla Nelson–Dareen Tatour, Rod Mengham–Mahvash Sabet, Zoë Skoulding–Sanjuana Martinez Montemayor
7.30–9.30 Sasha Dugdale–Ahmet and Mehmet Altan, Simon Pomery–Nguyen Van Dai, Sandeep Parmar–Lydia Cacho, Nathan Jones–Zunar, Jeremy Noel-Todd–Nelson Aguilera, Chrissy Williams–The Al-Khawaja family, Tony White–Ahmed Naji, Larry Lynch–Oleg Sentsov, Matthew Welton–Tutul, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett–Liu Xia, Vahni Capildeo–The Douma 4

curated by SJ Fowler for English PEN at Venue One, Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA
free, but signing up for English PEN membership appreciated

Wednesday
April 5
6.30 for 7–8 pm

An audience with Meg Jensen and Stephen Fowler

Kingston Writing School Reading and Lecture Series in Room 0001, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus, Kingston University London, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
free, all are welcome

Wednesday
April 5
8 pm

The Haiku Moment: Kate B Hall, Sue Schaer, Andrew Schimield, Diana Webb and Mark Gilfillan present a broad selection of styles and histories; their work reflecting both rural and urban experiences. Their readings are followed by a Q&A.

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

Wednesday
April 5
7–9 pm

Book launch: Attrib. and other stories by Eley Williams, reading & in conversation with Joanna Walsh

Influx Press at Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road, Haggerston E8 4AA

Wednesday
April 5
6–8 pm

Canto 33

London Cantos Reading Group, Room 243, Senate House, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome, hand-outs and wine will be provided

Thursday
April 6
7.15–8.30 pm

Lyric in the Archive, Poetry at the Magistrate's Court: Victoria Bean and Richard Price: For Victoria Bean's Caught (2011) the author spent a year in Horseferry Road Magistrate's Court, recording in verse the high drama and low comedy of the English justice system. In Liberties (2017) the keen observation of the criminal justice system continues, a portrait in verse of the blameless and the shameless from 'Gin Lane' to 'Smack City'. Liberties draws on the found-poetry of graffiti, tattoos, and cards placed in London phone-boxes. — The original points of inspiration for Richard Price's Moon for Sale (2017) include the artist's book Russian Ballet published in 1919 by David Bomberg and Walter Sickert's unsettling Head of a Woman completed in 1906 — entirely new works are created through a sensitivity to the cut and thrust (and balm) of everyday language, as if being itself was his research focus.

Knowledge Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, Kings Cross NW1 2DB
£8; concessions £5/£6

Thursday
April 6
6–11 pm

Leonora Carrington's 100th Birthday Party & Book Launch: To Celebrate The Great Anglo- Mexican Surrealist's Artists 100th Birthday, The Launch of The First Complete Edition of Her Short Stories and The Closing of Our Exhibition of Her Paintings, Drawings & Prints

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, 11 Mare Street, Dalston E84RP
RSVP on Facebook

Saturday
April 8
4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series, with featured poet Peter Philpott reading & in Q&A

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

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

Monday
April 10
2–5.30 pm

drop-in to see a specially commissioned group of poets and thinkers present new discoveries that have taken place as part of their research at The Poetry Library

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

Monday
April 10
6.30 pm

Expanded Translation : Vahni Capildeo and Michael Zand read their work and discuss ideas around expanded translation [which] pushes the boundaries of translation to include creative dialogues across different artforms and collaborative practices.

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

Tuesday
April 11
7.30 pm

SJ Fowler + John Hall

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

Wednesday
April 19
6.50–9 pm

Calum Hazell + tba

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

Tuesday
April 25
7–8.30 pm

David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet: Thomas Dilworth discussing his new Jones biography (Jonathan Cape, 2017) with Robin Robertson, chaired by Rachel Cooke

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

Wednesday
April 26
6–8 pm

Kat Peddie: Models of sociality in avant-garde poetry

Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar, Senate House, South Block, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome; wine provided

Thursday
April 27
6 pm

South Bank Poetry Tour: Accompany Chris McCabe, Poetry Librarian and author of Real South Bank, as he leads a tour exploring the centuries of poetic activity in this area of London.

Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
£8.50: book online

Saturday
April 29
12 noom–12 midnight

Time: a sonic vigil: From midday to midnight St Augustine's Tower will be a performance space dedicated to the exploration of Time; as a construct and a natural force, how it is valued and perceived, regimented and elastic, strange and unyielding. Sounds from the clock, the surroundings and live performances will echo through the tower, merging and reforming, shifting and resting, sonic ghosts appearing and disappearing across the twelve hours like sand through an hourglass

Breathing Space & E5 Process photography collective at St Augustine's Tower, behind 354 Mare Street, St John's Churchyard, Hackney E8 1HR
free entry, drop in; limited disabled access to the upper floors as there are many steps to climb. However, all visitors will be able to experience immersive sound, performances and images on the ground floor

May

Saturday
May 6
7.30 pm

European Poetry Night II: Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir and SJ Fowler, Jen Calleja and Bas Kwakman, Kinga Toth and Simon Pomery, Endre Ruset and Harry Man, Weronika Lewandowska and Tom Jenks, Theodoros Chiotis and Vanni Bianconi, Tomica Bajsic, Damir Sodan, Alessandro Burbank, Livia Franchini, Iris Colomb, Henriette Støren, Astra Papachristodoulou and many more.

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

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

Tuesday
May 9
7.30 pm

TBA

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

Tuesday
May 9
6–11 pm

Austin Osman Spare — an Exhibition: Private View

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, 11 Mare Street, Dalston E84RP
RSVP Allison Crawbuck

Wednesday
May 10
6–8 pm

Helen Carr introduces Ur-Canto II

London Cantos Reading Group, Room 243, Senate House, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome, hand-outs and wine will be provided

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

Thursday
May 11
7.30 pm

A Fair Field Full of Folk Opening Event: Enjoy music, performance and discussion, and meet the artists, writers and academics behind an innovative new project at this free opening event

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

Saturday
May 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

Sunday
May 15–
Friday
September 1

Worm Wood SJ Fowler in collaboration with the artist Tereza Stehliova 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, entry from Ladbroke Road W10 5AA or Cemetery Main Gate, Harrow Road W10 4RA

Wednesday
May 17
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 24, 6–8 pm

Nancy Gaffield: The poetry sequence

Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar, Senate House, South Block, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome; wine provided

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

Dom Sylvester Houédard: Typestracts; curated by Andrew Hunt

Richard Saltoun Gallery, 111 Great Titchfield Street W1W 6RY

June

Saturday
June 3
7.30 pm

Swiss Enemies

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

Tuesday
June 6
7.30 pm

Daljit Nagra, Kayo Chingonyi and Karen McCarthy Woolf

Poetry @ the Print Room at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate W11 3LB
£10 book online

Friday
June 9–
Sunday
June 11

Land of Scoundrels

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

Saturday
June 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

Wednesday
June 14
6–8 pm

Guy Stevenson introduces Canto XXXV

London Cantos Reading Group, Room 246, Senate House, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
all welcome, hand-outs and wine will be provided

Wednesday
June 28
6.50–9 pm

tba

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

July

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

Saturday
July
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.