Home Poetry Readings in London

Innovative poetry events in London for next four weeks:
see www.modernpoetry.org.uk/readings.html for fuller information & longer timespan
This is it! The running of this service is now in the hands of Birkbeck CPRC, and especially matt martin. No more updates to this page, and I'll simply replace by a redirection page sometime soon. New URL http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/readings/, and a Facebook page too! Regrettably, no cut down mobile-friendly version like this. Sorry!

Exhibitions &c

implicitly now, from very unprofessional press release – ?, whenever the various places are open

Fungus Press Residency // Museums Press // Ruins, Spats — a distanced riff on Little Sparta in Croydon
Turf Projects at Turf Studios (Keeley Road, CR0 1TF), Wandle Park, Cornwall Rd, Croydon CR0 4XT + Reeves Corner, Croydon CR0 1RP + Park Hill Recreation Ground, Arthur Court, 2 Fairfield Pat, Croydon CR0 5P

Wednesday, July 4–Friday, September 7, 10 am–6 pm; Monday–Saturday

Towards Infinity: 1965–1980 — featuring artists from across the international scope of conceptual art, including textual works by John Baldessari, Mel Bochner and Marcel Broodthaers
Simon Lee Gallery, 12 Berkeley Street W1J 8DT
free

Thursday, July 26–Sunday, September 23; 10 am–6 pm, Fri and Sat until 10 pm

Language Shift: work by artist Mary Kuper that responds to the National Poetry Library's collection of poems in European languages, from languages including Breton, Alsatian, Sardinian and Shetlandic + 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

Wednesday, August 29, 11 am–2 pm

Nuts and Bolts Books: Learn to bind your own book with real nuts and bolts like Fortunato Depero's Bolted Book; family activity
Estorick Collection, 39a Canonbury Square, Canonbury N1 2AN. No charge for the workshop, but you must pay the gallery's admission fee (£6.50/£4.50, free for children and students).

Wednesday, August 29, 7.30 pm

Hugh Metcalfe — a night of 8mm films & music
Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£8, £6 advance

Thursday, August 30 6–8 pm

Victor Burgin: Voyage to Italy: private view
Richard Saltoun Gallery, 41 Dover Street W1S 4NS
free

Friday, August 31–Saturday, September 29, Tuesday–Friday: 10 am–6 pm, Saturday 11 am–5 pm

Victor Burgin: Voyage to Italy: new video work
Richard Saltoun Gallery, 41 Dover Street W1S 4NS
free

September

Monday, September 3, 7–8.30 pm

A Far Cry from London: The Sound of the Caribbean Voice: celebrating BBC radio show Caribbean Voices (1943–1958), with a night of poetry, audio and discussions featuring Emily Zobel Marshal, Raymond Antrobus, Khadijah Ibrahiim and Philip Nanton
Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB
£10/£8/£7. Book now.

Monday, September 3, 7.30–10 pm

Exiled Writers
Poetry Society Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX
£5 on the door, £3 for asylum seekers

Tuesday, September 4, 7.45–8.40 pm

Of Leonardo da Vinci: Elaine Mitchener and director Dam Van Huynh collaborate to develop David Toop's music and libretto, with film by Barry Lewis
Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
£15/£11.25 plus booking fee. Book now

Wednesday, September 5, 7.30 pm

SHAPE SHIFTING — Charles Hayward, Sharon Gal, Yoni Silver, Adaya Godlevsky, Uri Levinson
Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£10, £8 advance

Wednesday, September 5, 8–9.15 pm

Poems for Grenfell
National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. Free but ticketed. Book now

Wednesday, September 5, 7 for 7.30 pm

Launch of Acoels Variations: mjb, Tommy Peeps, Khaled Hakim
The Beehive, Stoneleigh Road, Bruce Grove, Tottenham N17 9BQ

Thursday, September 6, 4.30–8 pm

More in Common Opening: audio-visual work, assemblage, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture and typography from site responsive projects around the UK from Deborah Gardner, Jane Millar, Harriet Tarlo, Judith Tucker, Louise K Wilson, Paul Wilson — 4.30–6: Artist Talks and poetry reading, chaired by Edwina Fitzpatrick; 6–8: Private View
A.P.T. Gallery, Art in Perpetuity Trust, Harold Wharf, 6 Creekside, Deptford SE8 4SA

Thursday, September 6–Sunday, September 16; Thursday–Sunday, 12 noon–5 pm

More in Common: audio-visual work, assemblage, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture and typography from site responsive projects around the UK from Deborah Gardner, Jane Millar, Harriet Tarlo, Judith Tucker, Louise K Wilson, Paul Wilson
A.P.T. Gallery, Art in Perpetuity Trust, Harold Wharf, 6 Creekside, Deptford SE8 4SA

Saturday, September 8, 4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series; featured poet: Wayne Clements
The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX

Wednesday, September 12, 7.30 for 8–10.30 pm ?

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Klinker Club, tba

Friday, September 14, 8 pm

Megan Rooney, Sun Down Moon Up: performance using movement, words and sound to explore metaphors of nature, the human subject and the boundaries of a forbidden space
Serpentine Pavilion, Kensington Gardens W2 3XA
£5/£4 plus booking fee. Book now

Monday, September 17–Saturday, October 27, 11 am–late pm, closed Sundays

The Practical Visionary: Exhibition of a collaged dialogue between Sophie Herxheimer and Chris McCabe and William Blake; open evening September 17
The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street WC2H 9BX
free

Tuesday, September 18, 7–9 pm

The Forward Prizes for Poetry Ceremony: readings by nominees Vahni Capildeo, JO Morgan, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Danez Smith, Tracy K Smith, Kaveh Akbar, Abigail Parry, Phoebe Power, Shivanee Ramlochan, Richard Scott, Fiona Benson, Liz Berry, Sumita Chakraborty, Jorie Graham and Will Harris, presented by Bidisha &Chris McCabe
Forward Arts Foundation at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
£15 Book Tickets Now

Wednesday, September 19, 7.30 pm

Swan Meat + Natalie Sharp / Lone Taxidermist + Kutin | Kindlinger + Stray Landings (DJ): experimental performances including Swan Meat's interface between electronica and poetry, with book launch for a limited run publication by the Austrian Cultural Forum London featuring new conversations and critical urgencies in digital art
Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£12, £10 advance

Saturday, September 22, 11 am–5 pm

Free Verse: The Poetry Book & Magazine Fair : innumerable exhibitors; 15 minute readings: 11.20 am Foyle Young Poets, 11.40 ignitionpress, 12 noon Culture Matters, 12.20 pm Seren Books, 12.40 Boiler House Press, 1 Burning Eye Books, 1.20 Snow lit rev, 1.40 Bare Fiction, 2 Sidekick Books, 2.20 Oversteps Books, 2.40 Guillemot Press, 3 Offord Road Books, 3.20 New Departures, 3.40 Poetry on the Picket Line, 4 Bad Betty Press; Free Verse Workshops: 11.15 am–1.45 pm Putting Together a Pamphlet led by Rachel Piercey £35/£30 book online; 2.30–5.30 Get in the Game — building yourself a profile in poetry led by Rishi Dastidar £35/£30 book online
The Poetry Society at the William Beveridge Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU
free but donations to publishers' travel bursary fund gratefully received

Saturday, September 22, 7.30–9 pm

Free Verse Gala Reading: Chelsey Minnis + Q&A
part of Free Verse: The Poetry Book & Magazine Fair at the Chancellors Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU
£15/£10 book online; free glass of wine

Sunday, September 23, 2.30–4 pm

Pop Story Gi Wi: A Celebration of Miss Lou: Storytellers Jan Blake and Amina Blackwood Meeks and poet Val Bloom celebrate Jamaican folklorist Louise Bennett-Coverley (Miss Lou)
Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB
£10/£8/£7. Book now

Monday, September 24, 10.30 am–5 pm

Translating Cultures: French Caribbean History, Literature and Migration: study day. Keynote speaker H Adlai Murdoch, followed by panels including Jason Allen-Paisant, Christopher Monier, Olivette Otele, Antonia Wimbush and Emily Zobel Marshall
Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB
£25/£18/£15 Book now; ticket includes morning and afternoon tea/coffee and sandwich lunch