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For cut down mobile friendly version, covering just next four weeks, go to www.modernpoetry.org.uk/mobilepoetry.html mobileOK.

OK — plan is there will be a smooth transition to another page also entitled Innovative Poetry Readings in London. It will be posted, hosted by a reputable institution heavily involved in this poetry, sometime before August is done, and this actual webpage here will exist purely briefly as a signpost to the new page. I'm afraid the mobile poetry page will end too! Smart phones probably don't need it any longer, and it is very tiresome to translate one flavour of code to another.

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 Try too, though it is out of date, the readings and other events section of modernpoetry.org.uk's Links page.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: July 20–22


Exhibitions &c

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

Joan Jonasa pioneer of performance and video who has pushed the boundaries of art for the last five decades. 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, drawing on their narratives and characters and reassessing them via contemporary Las Vegas

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) — Exhibition exploring the conceptual art movement over two decades of photography, through the work of 26 artists from 13 countries. The presentation investigates different conceptual uses of photography within practices dealing with Feminism, political activism, performance and social critique. 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 — Exhibition 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: Exhibition of work by artist Mary Kuper that responds to the National Poetry Library's collection of poems in European languages. These new works respond to languages that feature on UNESCO's world map of endangered languages including Breton, Alsatian, Sardinian and Shetlandic. 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

July

Friday
July 20
7–8 pm

Writers on Recordings: Mark Ford on John Ashbery

in collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and Queen Mary University of London at London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place WC1A 2JL
£10; book online

Friday
July 20
11.15 am–6 pm

Poetry Surgery with Hannah Silva: discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Hannah Silva. Hannah will be running one-hour sessions in The Poetry Cafe, London at 11.15 am, 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.45 pm and 5pm

The Poetry Society at The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street WC2H 9BX
£60; book online or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881

Saturday
July 21
2–4 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email wfuk dot org dot uk

Tenderbooks, 6 Cecil Court, Charing Cross Road WC2N 4HE

Saturday
July 21
10 am–5.30 pm

Introduction to Letterpress : hands-on introduction to letterpress and an ideal opportunity for anyone who would like to acquire a practical knowledge of this craft at a beginners level.

New North Press, 45 Coronet Street, Hoxton N1 6HD
£120/£80, book online; lunch and all materials are provided, but please wear old clothes or bring an apron.

Saturday
July 21
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
6–11 pm

Nocturnal Creatures : a new, free festival, for one night only. It brings together performance, video, sculpture and sound on Saturday 21 July, from 6–11 pm. Cultural and historic venues within walking distance of Whitechapel Gallery are transformed, opening their doors late into the night. Highlights include a range of immersive installations, visuals, performances and sound elements from The London Open 2018 artists. In association with Sculpture in the City, artist-led tours of artworks around the East End will also take place. New audio compositions will be made accessible for the first time as part of the launch of Sculpture in the City x Musicity, linking music and architecture together as new way of seeing and hearing the area. Situated around the city are 18 works from internationally renowned artists Marina Abramović, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Sean Scully and many more. International project, Plantón Móvil, with Peruvian artist Lucia Monge, will create a 'walking forest' of plants and people moving together, giving shrubs, flowers and trees the opportunity to 'walk' down the streets and to claim their place in our public space. #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
free

Tuesday
July 24
7–9 pm

Mother Tongues Translation Party II: mother tongues hosts parties at radical community archives exploring the limits of diy translation around collective histories. we will be translating selections from zines, pamphlets and periodicals from the The Feminist Library’s special collection. everybody is welcome! If you have an interest in diy translation, want to break language canons, help with opening access to a history of feminist diy distribution, even if you don't speak more than one language, you can still help! we will discuss 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. Her work explores themes such as feminine power, contemporary feminism, political correctness, religion and mental illness

Big Green Bookshop, Unit 1, Brampton Park Road, Wood Green N22 6BG
£3 tickets available online; Wine and soft drinks will be provided free of charge

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

Language Shift: An exhibition of work 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: Two musicians from Los Angeles who combine avant-garde sound-art with poetry.

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 the volatile French genius Arthur Rimbaud at an evening of original poetry and music paying homage to his time in London. Niall McDevitt hosts an evening of poetry featuring Jeremy Reed, Paul Stubbs, Blandine Longre, Sean Bonney, Penny Rimbaud and saxophonist 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 the character of 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: Join poet and psychologist Sina Sujatha Schwache to explore identity in multicultural societies through creative writing. Two-day workshop. 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

Saturday
August 11
2–4 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop
for more information email wfuk dot org dot uk

Tenderbooks, 6 Cecil Court, Charing Cross Road WC2N 4HE

Saturday
August 11
4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series; featured port Calum Hazell

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

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

Saturday
August 11
1–11 pm

Collusion Festival an all-day festival, which showcases music, poetry, and other forms in a variety of styles. There might be a boat. 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
a free event, but we will be donating money to https://www.mindinhackney.org.uk/, and we will encourage our guests to make a donation on the day

Saturday
August 11
7.30 pm

David Grubbs — Now that the audience is assembled: Grubbs launches his new book, Now that the audience is assembled, a prose poem that describes a fictional musical performance during which an unnamed musician improvises the construction of invented instruments. Over the course of this phantasmagorical all-night concert, repeated interruptions take the form of in-depth discussions and musical demonstrations

Cafe Oto, 18–22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£12/£10. Book now

Friday 10–
Sunday
12 August
8 pm

Dutchman: Poet Amiri Baraka's 1964 play exploring race and gender in the United States

part of the Camden Fringe Festival at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford Street, Kentish Town NW5 2ED
£5; 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. Each day is taught by a new practitioner who has created a workshop that encourages the author to be a producer, developing their writing from the page, to a site, to performance and installation, to digital platforms and networks. 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 sound making, listening, writing your own manifesto and designing and making your own banners 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: a longform composition featuring tense spoken word versus manic free drumming outbursts, glued together by cryptic electronics

Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£18 or £16 advance

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 iconic 'Bolted Book', allowing you to reassemble pages and create a new reading experience each time. 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).

Thursday
August 30–tba
Tuesday–
Friday: 10 am–6 pm
Saturday 11 am–5 pm

Voyage to Italy: exhibition of photographic and video work by conceptual artist and writer Victor Burgin

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: BBC radio show Caribbean Voices (1943–1958) kick-started a new West Indian literary tradition in the UK. Radio producer Colin Grant shares the sounds of the show and celebrates the Caribbean voice 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: Hear some exiled writers and musicians — details TBC. Plus open mic.

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 reads and reflects upon Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks in this provocative performance. Of Leonardo da Vinci explores the universality of death and rebirth by melding vocal improvisation, sound art, image and movement. Mitchener and director Dam Van Huynh collaborate to develop David Toop's music and libretto, with film by Barry Lewis. Together they push the boundaries of opera, testing emotional extremes both vocally and physically, drawing audiences into a uniquely intimate realm of disturbing beauty.

Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
£15/£11.25 plus booking fee. Book now

Wednesday
September 5
8–9.15 pm

Poems for Grenfell: Bear witness to the human cost of last year's devastating fire at Grenfell at a poetry reading by contributors to new anthology Poems for Grenfell Tower

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

Saturday
September 8
4–6 pm workshop

Writers Forum Workshop – New Series; featured poet: Wayne Clements

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

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

Wednesday
September 12
7.30 for 8–10.30 pm ?

tba

Klinker Club

Friday
September 14
8 pm

Megan Rooney, Sun Down Moon Up: A performance about a group of female magpies that invade Mount Athos, this work uses 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 collagen dialogue between Sophie Herxheimer and Chris McCabe and their luminary inspiration, William Blake

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

The Poetry Society at Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU

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 share stories and poems inspired by the late, great 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: Immerse yourself in the rich history, heritage, literature and visual arts of the French Caribbean and its diaspora in this study day. Keynote speaker H Adlai Murdoch introduces the multifaceted cultures and histories of the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, followed by panels of leading specialists 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 and coffee and a sandwich lunch

Wednesday
September 26–
Wednesday
December 19

Conscious Tracks: British Modernism (Masterclass): Excavate from the language hoard of radical, underground and late modernist British poetry Tutor: Peter Hughes

online course run by The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU
£179, from website

Thursday
September 27
6.30–8 pm

Art Writing Now: A special panel discussion exploring a diverse range of contemporary writing and publishing practices in and around the visual arts. What value do we place on books as art objects? How do we use fiction and non-fiction to address the role of the image? What status does art criticism have today? Chaired by author and publisher Stephanie LaCava, the panel features the award-winning American novelist and critic Lynne Tillman alongside Ben Eastham, writer and founding editor of The White Review.

Starr Cinema, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
£12 / £8. Book now

Saturday 29 &
Sunday 30
September
7.30 pm both days
plus 3.30 pm Saturday

Six Nights on the Acropolis: play based on the novel by Greek poet George Seferis. In Greek and English.

The Hellenic Centre, 16–18 Paddington Street, Marylebone W1U 5AS
£25/£20. Book now

October

Monday
October 1
7.30 pm

The Seen + Feral Concord: The first collaboration between these two London-based large ensembles, each with a fluid membership. The Seen are instrumentalists led by Mark Wastell; Feral Concord are vocal improvisers led by Phil Minton.

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

Tuesdays
fortnightly
October 2–
November 27
6.45–8.45 pm

On Noticing and Startling: The Short Story: Learn poetic techniques that can be used in writing short fiction. Tutors: Eley Williams and David Hayden.

The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU
£90, from website

Tuesdays
October 2–
December 4
6.45–8.45 pm

Accidents of Gain: Reading C20th American Poetry : A reading course looking at the breadth of 20th century American poetry. Tutor: Chris McCabe.

The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU
£171, from website

Tuesday
October 2
7.30-9.50 pm

The Blind Poet: Travel back in time to ponder the notion of identity in today's multicultural Europe. Acclaimed international performance group Needcompany present the UK premiere of a story built from the performers' family trees and based on their various nationalities, cultures and languages. The show is inspired by poetry that describes a time in which women held positions of power and atheism was commonplace

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
£24/£13.50. Book now

Thursday
October 4
various times

National Poetry Day Live: Hear radical poetry that looks at this year's theme of 'change'. Hear the poets that are bringing about shifts in culture and society through their work and inspiring generations of young poets.

Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
Free.

Thursday
October 4–
Thursday
December 13

Against English: Dialects, Distortions and New Vocabularies: On this course we'll look at how English-speaking poets have written 'against English', using techniques that take English apart, writing in languages which have been formed against English dominance, or writing in opposition to the idea of English writing. Tutor: Harry Giles

online course run by The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU
£109, from website

Fridays
October 5–
December 7
11 am–1 pm

Advanced Poetry Workshop with Richard Price : for advanced writers of poetry. Tutor: Richard Price

The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU
£171, from website

Saturday
October 6 &
Sunday
October 7

A Life Between Two Islands: a two day exploration of migration, personal stories and inspiration through talks, screenings and performances all inspired by cultural theorist, Stuart Hall. We will be presenting and discussing the work of emerging thinkers and artists who are currently living between two cities or countries.

Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL

Wednesday
October 10
7 pm

Illuminations V : Ingeborg Bachmann: featuring Karen Leeder, Ana Schnabl and more

Illuminations at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate SW7 1PQ
free, but probably booking online required

Wednesday
October 10
7.30 for 8–10.30 pm ?

Klinker Club London

Klinker Club

Thursday
October 11
6.30–8.30 pm

Practical Visionaries: make a mini-book workshop — A poetry and collage workshop in response to the world and work of William Blake, based on The Practical Visionary: Exhibition of a collagen dialogue between Sophie Herxheimer and Chris McCabe and their luminary inspiration, William Blake, in the Poetry Café

The Studio, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street WC2H 9BX
free

Saturday
October 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
October 13
7.30 pm

The European Camarade: Poetic collaborations by Livia Franchini & Orsolya Fenyvesi, Krisčjānis Zelǵis & Nadia de Vries, Serena Braida & Iris Colomb, SJ Fowler & Diamanda Dramm, George Ttoouli & Theodoros Chiotis, Tatiana Faia & Agnieszka Studzinka, Anastasia Mina & Helen Michael, Astra Papachristodoulou & Ellie Tsatsou, Karin Hendersen & Elvire Roberts, Bob Dela & Christian Patracchini, Flora Nicholson & Simona Nastac, and Harry Man & James Parkin

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

Saturday
October 13
11 am–8.30 pm

Writing Photographs: Conference on how photography has evolved as a practice with talks, workshops and open discussions. Writing Photographs will bring together artists, writers, curators and researchers, to present and discuss photography as an expanded practice. The morning will start with a series of experimental and performative provocations, followed by workshops that develop on these in the afternoon. Results will be shared at the end of the day with all participants.

Starr Cinema, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
£17/£13 or £25/£20 with entry to the exhibition Shape of Light Book now

Mondays
October 22–
November 19
6.45–8.45 pm

About Time: Creative Writing around the Clock: This five-week creative writing course uses Christian Marclay's 24-hour film The Clock as a springboard for experiments in writing inspired by film, time, repetition and everyday life. Using a wide range of creative exercises, collaborations and group discussions, participants will experience and experiment with different ways of writing with film. They will benefit from extended out-of-hours opportunities to view Marclay's work, plus visits to other works in Tate's collection. Tutor: James Wilkes.

Starr Cinema, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
£125/£85 Book now

Monday
October 22
9.30 am–3.30 pm

Arabic Language and Culture: One-day course introducing teachers to a new resource for Arabic language and teaching, with a focus on the work of writer and calligraphic artist Ali Omar Ermes. All participants will receive a free copy of the resource with further information and support available through the project website.

Goldsmiths, University of London, 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross SE14 6NW £30. Book now

Thursday
October 25
6 pm

Haunted by Christ: Richard Harries and Alec Ryrie discuss the role of faith in the lives of modern novelists and poets, including modernists like Samuel Beckett and TS Eliot.

Gresham College Lecture in Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn EC1N 2HH
Free

Friday
October 26
Sunday
October 28

FILL: Festival of Italian Literature in London: Details TBC, but this festival has previously included some good poetry events

Print Room at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3LB

Saturday
October 27
10 am–5 pm

Baraza: Swahili Studies Conference: Dedicated to Dr Farouk Topan, who pioneered the study and teaching of Swahili poetry. Call for papers open until 15 September (or 15 August for applicants requiring VISA processing)

Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing (SOAS), Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU
Free

Saturday
October 27
10.30 am–4.30 pm

Working with Collage: One-day course exploring collage and re-appropriation, learning how these processes can create exciting and original poems of your own. Tutor: Linda Black

The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £72. Book now

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

November

Saturday
November 3 &
Sunday
November 4
10.30 am–4.30 pm

Mondo: The Global Avant-Garde: Two-day course covering the ASA and VOU groups from Japan, Canada's The Four Horsemen, Nigeria's Mbari Club, Noigandres from Brazil, and the Tammūzī poets from Syria and Iraq. Tutor: SJ Fowler.

The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £144 Book now

Friday &
Saturday
November 9 & 10
11 am–7 pm

Small Publishers Fair 2018

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL
admission free

Saturday
November 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
November 10
7 pm

Poem Brut / Rich Mix IV: Performances celebrating the visual, visceral, messy, handwritten and colourful in poetry, featuring new work from Susanna Crossman, Nathan Walker, Imogen Reid, Patrick Cosgrove, Sarah Dawson, Peter Surkov, Ryan Mihaly & Karolina Zapal, Martin Wakefield, Arturo Desimone, Alban Low & Kevin Acott, Abigail Palmer and many others. Plus the launch of SJ Fowler's Memoirs of Hypocrit (o gandia) and James Caley's 4 steps from the wire

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

Saturday
November 10
8.30 pm

Enemigos: Transmedia Borders: Performances by poets and artists from Mexico and the UK, exploring how migration, both geographical and disciplinary, can open dialogue not only between nations but between artistic languages. Featuring poets SJ Fowler, Caroline Bird, Anthony Anaxagorou and Rocío Cerón; visual artist Rubén Gil; and sound artists Abraham Chavelas and Iris Garrelfs

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

Saturday
November 10 &
Sunday
November 11
10.30 am–4.30 pm

Poem of the Air: Marina Tsvetaeva Translation Weekend: Get up close and personal with the extraordinary work of Marina Tsvetaeva, working with her previously-untranslated 'Poem of the Air'. No Russian is needed for this workshop - literal translations will be provided for all the extracts. Tutor: Sasha Dugdale.

The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water SE16 2XU. £144 Book now

Wednesday
November 14
7.30 for 8–10.30 pm ?

Klinker Club London

Klinker Club

Saturday
November 17
7.30pm

Anthony Joseph & Friends — Windrush: A Celebration: 70 years on from the HMT Empire Windrush's arrival at Tilbury, British/Trinidadian poet, novelist and musician Anthony Joseph celebrates the seismic impact the Caribbean diaspora has had on UK culture. With music by Jason Yarde, songs by Calypso Rose, plus more guests TBA

Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS
£35/££20 plus booking fee. Book now

Sunday
November 18
2 pm

Poetry + Film / Hack: Inua Ellams hosts a screening of a cult classic complemented by specially commissioned work delivered by contemporary poets in response to the film's themes (participants and film title TBC). Followed by an Open Rhythm Lab and Poetry Party at 7 pm — 20% discount if you buy tickets for both events

The Pit, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS
£15/£10 plus booking fee. Book now

Saturday
November 24

Kingston Camarade

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

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.