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Innovative poetry events in London for next four weeks:
see www.modernpoetry.org.uk/readings.html for fuller information & longer timespan
and for important announcement

Exhibitions &c

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

Joan Jonas — exhibition 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
Tate Modern, Bankside SE1 9TG
ticketed: £11/£10

Friday, July 13–Sunday, August 25; Tuesday–Friday: 10 am–6 pm, Saturday 11 am–5 pm

AKTION: Conceptual Art and Photography (1960–1980) — exploring the conceptual art movement over two decades of photography, contributors include Eleanor Antin, Robert Filliou, Barry Flanagan, John Latham, Dieter Roth and Marie Yates
Richard Saltoun Gallery, 41 Dover Street W1S 4NS
free

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

July

Saturday, July 21, 10 am–5.30 pm

Introduction to Letterpress : hands-on introduction
New North Press, 45 Coronet Street, Hoxton N1 6HD
£120/£80, book online; lunch and all materials provided, but please wear old clothes or apron

Saturday, July 21, 2–4 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop
Tenderbooks, 6 Cecil Court, Charing Cross Road WC2N 4HE

Saturday, July 21, 4–6 pm workshop IT WAS THE FOOTBALL!

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series
The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX

Saturday, July 21, 6–11 pm

Nocturnal Creatures : free festival, for one night only, bringing together performance, video, sculpture and sound in cultural and historic venues within walking distance of Whitechapel Gallery are transformed, opening their doors late into the night. #NocturnalCreatures
Whitechapel Gallery, 77–82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX and surroundings
free

Sunday, July 22, 7.30 pm

Poetry of the working class: Fran Lock, Peter Raynard, Martin Hayes, Alan Dunnett, Nadia Drews
Culture Matters at Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town NW5 2RX
£5/4 according to pocket

Tuesday, July 24, 7.30 pm

Launch of Desire Lines by Barry MacSweeney; readings by Elaine Randell, Mendoza, Rod Mengham, Allen Fisher and Ian Patterson, hosted by Luke Roberts and Tony Frazer
Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH

Tuesday, July 24, 7–9 pm

Mother Tongues Translation Party II: a party translating selections from zines, pamphlets and periodicals from the The Feminist Library’s special collection. everybody is welcome! with discussion of issues around translation, about being part of a polyphonous community, ways of decolonising and queering our speech and writing, etc
The Feminist Library, Multipurpose Resource Centre, 5 Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7XW
free but please donate to the Feminist Library

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, 7–8.30 pm

The Dying Femme Fatale: Spoken Word with Music: Amy Balog performs poems from her first collection, accompanied by jazz guitarist Carlos Ferrao
Big Green Bookshop, Unit 1, Brampton Park Road, Wood Green N22 6BG
£3 tickets available online; wine and soft drinks provided free

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

Language Shift : exhibition 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

Wednesday, August 1, 7.30 pm

Sean McCann + Matthew Sullivan
curated by Helen Frosi at Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£8, £6 advance

Wednesday, August 1, 8 pm

Rimbaud in London: Walk in the footsteps of Arthur Rimbaud at an evening of original poetry and music paying homage to his time in London. Niall McDevitt hosts Jeremy Reed, Paul Stubbs, Blandine Longre, Sean Bonney, Penny Rimbaud and Louise Elliot
National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
£5/£3.75 plus booking fee Book tickets now

Thursday, 2 August, 9 pm

Van Gogh on the Beach: A play by Jahmar Ngozi, fusing poetry, drama, dance and art to explore Van Gogh against the backdrop of Los Angeles in the 80s/90s
part of the Camden Fringe Festival at The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, Marylebone NW8 8EH
£10/£7. Book Now

Friday, August 3, 7.30

Miles Champion & Kit Robinson
Xing the Line at Iklectik Art Lab, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo SE1 7LG
£5/£3

Friday 3 & Saturday, 4 August, 12 pm–6 pm

Creative Writing Workshops: Identity in Multiple Societies: explore identity in multicultural societies through creative writing. Two-day workshop, led by Sina Sujatha Schwache. For self-identified women and non-binary people
The Feminist Library on Loan at The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street NW8 8PQ
Free. To register, please email emma@feministlibrary.co.uk. Priority given to residents of the City of Westminster

Monday, 6 August, 7.30–10 pm

Exiled Writers: From Absence to Presence: Poets Farrah Akbik and Amir Darwish, novelist Haitham Hussein, rubab musician Milad Yousofi, and film-maker Koutaiba al-Janabi. Plus open mic
Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX
£5 on the door, £3 for asylum seekers

Friday 10–Sunday, 12 August, 8 pm

Dutchman: by Amiri Baraka
part of the Camden Fringe Festival at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford Street, Kentish Town NW5 2ED
£5; Book now

Saturday, August 11, 2–4 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop
Tenderbooks, 6 Cecil Court, Charing Cross Road WC2N 4HE

Saturday, August 11, 4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series
The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3BX

Saturday, August 11, 1–11 pm

Collusion Festival all-day festival of poetry, and other forms in a variety of styles, with Amy Cutler, Shoreditch Knights, Antony John and lots more tba
Capital Letters at Grow, Hackney, 98C Main Yard, Wallis Road, Hackney Wick E9 5LN
free event, but donating to https://www.mindinhackney.org.uk/

Saturday, August 11, 7.30 pm

David Grubbs — Now that the audience is assembled: Book Launch
Cafe Oto, 18–22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£12/£10. Book now

Tuesday 14–Friday, August 17, 10.30 am–4.30 pm

The Three Dimensional Page: A four-day experimental writing workshop by X-Publishing School. For artists and writers who want to create texts that can be translated and tested across multiple formats and sites. Tutors: Eleanor Vonne Browne, Sunil Manghani, Patrick Goddard and Ami Clarke
Flat Time House, 210 Bellenden Road, Peckham SE15 4BW
£100. Book now

Tuesday, August 14, 11 am–2 pm

#MyNoise: Experiment with the Neo Futurist Collective. Family activity
Estorick Collection, 39a Canonbury Square, Canonbury N1 2AN. free, but you must book in advance online, emailing Jenny on education@estorickcollection.com or call 020 7704 9522

Tuesday, August 14, 7.30 pm

Lydia Lunch & Weasel Walter: Brutal Measures
Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£18 or £16 advance