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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, 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: installation encompassing a mural, film commission, sculptures, and a series of live and recorded performances, based on text by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine — Agadir (1967), translated by Pierre Joris; Live performances 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 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

May

Friday, May 18, 7 for 7.30–9 pm

In Town Tonight: Elaine Kahn, Meryl Pugh and Ariana Reines
The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street WC2H 9BX
£7/£5, tickets available online

Friday, May 18, 7.30–8.30 pm

Poetry Evening with Karen McCarthy Woolf + Q & A
The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street WC2H 9BX
£7/£5, tickets available online

Saturday, May 19, 2–4 pm workshop

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

Saturday, May 19, 3–4.30 pm

Hera Lindsay Bird and Rebecca Tamás
Pages of Hackney , 70 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney E5 0RN
free but must RSVP via billetto, but sold out

Sunday, May 20, 7–10 pm

Praxis 9 : Andrew Spragg & Sim Eldem, Sandra Keating, Josef Persad & Simon Pomery, Libby Norman, Matschulat
curated by Simon Pomery for Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre at the Project Space, Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£5

Monday, May 21, 6.45 for 7–8 pm

Nobody: Alice Oswald & William Tillyer on Odysseus : Alice Oswald will recite poem in its entirety and William Tillyer will project its source watercolours
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

Tuesday, May 22, 7 for 7.30–11 pm

Fathom Books, HVTN & Friends: JC Joseph + Scherezade Siobhan, Owen Gv, Astra Papachristodoulou, Julia Rose Lewis, Sarah Dawson, Petra Kamula
Fathom Books and HVTN Press at The Peckham Pelican, 92 Peckham Road SE15 5PY
Free entry, book table

Wednesday, May 23, 7–8.30 pm

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

Thursday, May 24, 7–9 pm

Ealing Launch of Giles Goodland's The Masses (Shearsman)and taking questions
The Pitshanger Bookshop, 141 Pitshanger Lane, Ealing W5 1RH
may be wine and nibbles

Saturday, May 26, 10.30 am–1.30 pm

Poetry Workshop With Richard Georges — 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

Monday, May 28, 7–8 pm

Hannah Silva & Rachel Long
Penned in the Margins at All Points East Festival, at the Bandstand, Victoria Park, Hackney E9 7DD
free entry

Tuesday, May 29, 7–8 pm

Raymond Antrobus & Siddhartha Bose
Penned in the Margins at All Points East Festival, at the Bandstand, Victoria Park, Hackney E9 7DD
free entry

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

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, 7–8 pm

Belinda Zhawi & Caroline Bird
Penned in the Margins at All Points East Festival, at the Bandstand, Victoria Park, Hackney E9 7DD
free entry

Thursday, May 31, 7–8 pm

Katie Bonna & Joe Dunthorne
Penned in the Margins at All Points East Festival, at the Bandstand, Victoria Park, Hackney E9 7DD
free entry

Thursday, May 31, 7–9 pm

Untamed presents Theodora at The Feminist Library: Ana Seferovic, Antony John Francis, Francisco Vilhena, Nina Zivancevic, Virna Teixeira + videopoems
The Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark SE1 7XW
free but register online

June

Friday, June 1, 7.30 for 8–11.30 pm

Launch party: para·text issue five: Laura Elliott, Rowan Evans, Sarah Hayden, Jessa Mockridge, (more tbc)
para·text at Iklectik Art Lab, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo SE1 7LG
licensed bar, suggested donation £2

Saturday, June 2, 11 am–5 pm

Surrey Poetry Festival 2018: Foyer —11 am–1.30 pm: Peter Jaeger durational performance; Comedy room —11.10 Introduction; 11.20–12 noon: Surrey students & Scott Thurston; 12.10 pm–12.50: Rob Holloway & Rebecca Cremin; 1.40–2.20: Sharon Kivland/Clémentine Bedos & Tina Darragh; 2.30–3.10: Lila Matsumoto & P. Inman; 3.30–4.10: Amy Cutler & Philip Terry; 4.20–5.00: Emma Cocker & Emma Bennett; wine and cheese reception at 5 pm + soiree at 6.30, with the Poetry Festival joining The New Writer's Festival in The Glass Room featuring features a variety of readers including Tom Jenks (c 7 pm
G Live, London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA
£5ish available from the door or from G Live

Saturday, June 2, 12 noon–6 pm

London Radical Bookfair 2018
Alliance of Radical Booksellers at Goldsmiths University of London, New Cross SE14 6NW

Saturday, June 2, 6–8 pm

Sophie Robinson-Poetry Reading and broadside print
Ecstatic Peace Library, in collaboration with The Stoke Newington Literary Festival, at 191 Stoke Newington Church Street (Impressio Coffee?), Stoke Newington N16 0UL

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

Tuesday, June 5, 7.30 pm

cris cheek : Karen Mac Cormack : Steve McCaffery
Xing the Line at Iklectik Art Lab, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo SE1 7LG
£5 or £3

Wednesday, June 6, 10 am–5.30 pm

Memorizing your poetry: one-day course looking at various different approaches to learning a poem
livecanon at Diorama Arts Centre, Regent's Place, 201 Drummond Street, Kings Cross NW1 3FE
£80, tickets available online

Wednesday, June 6, 6.30–8 pm

The languages of verse: Multilingualism and poetry: with Chris McCabe, Wioletta Greg and Livia Franchini reading & in discussion
English PEN as part of Creative Multilingualism at Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road EC1R 3GA
tickets £6/£4 available online

Wednesday, June 6, 7 pm

Poem Brut: Maja Jantar, Saradha Soobrayen, Chrissy Williams, Paul Hawkins, Patrick Cosgrove, SJ Fowler and more
Poem Brut at Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX

Wednesday, June 6, 7–8.30 pm

Sex, Shame and Problematic Ancestry in Queer Poetry: Richard Scott and Keith Jarrett, hosted by Eleanor Penny
Locomotrix at Housmans Radical Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Road N1 9DX

Thursday, June 7, 7 pm

Illuminations IV : Thomas Bernhard: featuring Maja Jantar, Raphaela Edelbauer, Clemens Berger, Tereza Stehlikova, Oliver Evans, Christian Patracchini, SJ Fowler and many others
Illuminations at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate SW7 1PQ
free, but probably booking online required

Saturday, June 9, 2–4 pm workshop

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

Saturday, June 9, 4–6 pm workshop

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

Sunday, June 10,2–6 pm writing workshop

"The first beast of the West was Eros.": creative writing workshop based on the story of Beauty & the Beast, 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

Wednesday, June 6, 10 am–5.30 pm

Memorizing your poetry: one-day course which looks at various different approaches to learning a poem
livecanon at Diorama Arts Centre, Regent's Place, 201 Drummond Street, Kings Cross NW1 3FE
£80, tickets available online