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You need to know I plan to stop updating this page some time this August, during what is effectively the summer recess. Two reasons: (1) it is taking ever-increasing amounts of my time, and I am quite restricted in terms of available free time (including time to actually attend any of these events), so I've got fed up; (2) the whole nature of the innovative poetry scene is changing — undoubtedly for the better. The initial impulse of the British Poetry Revival that caught me up is now essentially primarily of antiquarian, academic and anecdotage interest. Its impulse is transformed into new mutations, blends, discoveries and revivals. The old tribes have mainly died out; instead there are new tribes, with their own cults, technologies and histories. Look, I'm just too old — that simple! to record current developments properly. If anyone wants to continue and take over the branding for this page — contact me via Modernpoetry.org.uk Collective Facebook, my Facebook page, or, email me on peter@greatworks.org.uk. Otherwise it just stops. So, comrades, organise, communicate and publicise to seize the future!

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 Try too, though it is out of date, the readings and other events section of modernpoetry.org.uk's Links page.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: May 17


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: a dramatic installation — encompassing a mural, film commission, sculptures, and a series of live and recorded performances — to consider how a city and its people might address the process of reinvention following disaster. Barrada takes as her starting point a surreal text by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine — Agadir (1967) — reflecting on the devastating earthquake of 1960 that destroyed much of the modernist Moroccan city., translated by Pierre Joris; Live performances will take place 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 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

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: followed by a Q & A and book signing

The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street WC2H 9BX
£7/£5, tickets available online

Saturday
May 19
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
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 : The marine nobody at the heart of Alice Oswald's stunning new poem is an alias of Odysseus, one of his lost selves, adrift and unable to get home. Her words are his rhapsody, a circling shoal of sea voices which ends where Homer's epic begins. Join us for in evening in which word and image coalesce: in which Alice Oswald will recite her poem in its entirety and William Tillyer will project the watercolours which are its swirling and luminous source.

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 GeorgesPoetry Playback is a new reading series in which a poet is invited to read from a recent collection or pamphlet in its entirety, from start to finish, as a single, sustained performance

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
There may be wine and nibbles

Saturday
May 26
10.30 am–1.30 pm

Poetry Workshop With Richard Georgesexplore poetry around the 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
6.50–9 pm

tba

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

Wednesday
May 30
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
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 Živančević, Virna Teixeira + videopoems — Theodora zine is a new bilingual literary visual arts magazine, published online by Carnaval Press, an alternative press specialised in Brazilian and lusophone poetry in translation

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
12 noon–6 pm

London Radical Bookfair 2018

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

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 + evening soiree at 6.30, with the Poetry Festival joining The New Writer's Festival in The Glass Room and features a variety of readers including Tom Jenks (c 7 pm)

supported by the University of Surrey, School of English and Languages, in conjunction with Surrey New Writers Festival at G Live, London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA
£5ish available from the door or from G Live sometime

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

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 (which may well be Impressio Coffee), Stoke Newington N16 0UL

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

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
10 am–5.30 pm

Memorizing your poetry: one-day course which looks at various different approaches to learning a poem. We hope that during the day everyone in the group will find something that really works for them, and aim to help poets build their confidence if they want to perform their work from memory rather than reading it.

livecanon at Diorama Arts Centre, Regent's Place, 201 Drummond Street, Kings Cross NW1 3FE
£80, tickets available online

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

Wednesday
June 6
6.30–8 pm

The languages of verse: Multilingualism and poetry: Many of us lead multilingual lives. But how do multilingual poets use their languages in their art? with Chris McCabe, Wioletta Greg and Livia Franchini reading & in discussion

English PEN event in partnership with Oxford University and SOAS as part of Creative Multilingualism at Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road EC1R 3GA
tickets £6/£4 available online

Thursday
June 7
7 pm

Illuminations IV : Thomas Bernhard: New pieces of literary art and performance responding to the life and work of the great 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
for more information email wfuk dot org dot uk

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

Saturday
June 9
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
June 10
2–6 pm writing workshop

"The first beast of the West was Eros." (Marina Warner): Creative writing workshop based on the story of Beauty & the Beast, arguably one of the oldest stories we have. Starting with 'Cupid and Psyche' we will see how Apuleius' tale became transformed by the salon culture of the 18th and 19th centuries, into the canonical version of the fairytale we know today. We will then look at two 20th century takes - extracts from the short stories of Angela Carter and Leonora Carrington — to explore some of the shifts of meanings which this tale has undergone. These different versions of the tale will be used to generate your own writing based on this ancient story. 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 13
10 am–5 pm

Reading and Performing your poetry: The course will include: voice techniques and breath, microphone techniques, combating nerves, adapting to venues, (festivals, tents, pubs, reading for radio), memorizing versus reading, and give writers a chance to practice reading aloud and get feedback from peers and the course leaders.

livecanon at Diorama Arts Centre, Regent's Place, 201 Drummond Street, Kings Cross NW1 3FE
£85, tickets available online

Thursday
June 21
7.30–10.30 pm

Home and Exile: An evening of poetry and spoken word: AWATE, Bridget Minamore, Fran Lock, Joelle Taylor, hosted by Sam Berkson (aka Angry Sam)

Southwark Refugee Response, for Refugee Week, at The Peckham Pelican, 92 Peckham Road SE15 5PY
suggested donation £5

Monday
June 26
7–8 pm

A.K. Blakemore, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Amy Key and Zaffar Kunial hosted by Martha Sprackland

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

Wednesday
June 27
6.50–9 pm

tba

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

Saturday
June 30
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
June 30
7.30 pm

The Oldest Sport: a literary celebration of wrestling and boxing: this event celebrates in literature the world’s oldest sports, wrestling and boxing, examines our ongoing fascination with combat sports, exploring their history, culture and paradoxes, with Lynn Nead, Sarah Victoria Turner, Oliver Goldstein, Declan Ryan, Annna Whitwham

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

July

Tuesday
July 10
7.30 pm

Kate Armitage / THF Drenching / Dave Jackson

Café Oto, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL, 1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
£8, £6 advance

Saturday
July 14
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
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.

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

August

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

for more information email Antony John (antonyjohnfrancisAThotmailDOTcom

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

September

Saturday
September 8
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
September 22

Free Verse: Poetry Book & Magazine Fair

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

October

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

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

The European Camarade

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

Saturday
October 27–
Sunday
October 28

Race and Poetics and Poetry in the UK: Legacies of Colonialism : This conference is a follow up to the first Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK symposium that took place in London in February 2016. We call for the radical re-thinking of the ways in which poetry and poetics are conceived, analysed, and discussed in the UK, of the ways in which poetry and poetics are undergirded by legacies of colonialism in terms of racialized belief systems, practices, and sciences. We do not propose ameliorative and tokenizing 'diversity' practices, but a wholesale overturning and rethinking of 'English-language' 'Anglo-American' poetry and poetics from the foundations up, taking account of racial ideologies, which cannot be thought separately from class and gender. We aim to expose the liberal myths of multiculturalism, 'colour-blindness', and 'post-racial society', and to explore how the discourse of 'diversity' impedes frank discussions of racism in literary and academic contexts. This conference is about radical politics as much as it is about radical poetics. organising committee includes: Janani Ambikapathy, Mary Jean Chan, Amy De’Ath, James Goodwin, Edmund Hardy, Nat Raha, Nisha Ramayya, Sophie Seita, Sam Solomon, Siddharth Soni, Laurel Uziell, Dorothy Wang

Queens' College, University of Cambridge
CFP: 200-word proposals to racepoetrypoetics@gmail.com by Sunday 1st July 2018

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

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 tbc
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 for 7.30 pm

Poem Brut / Rich Mix IV: new work from SJ Fowler, Susanna Crossman, Imogen Reid + new performances from the Transmedia Project: Mexico and UK: poets: Steven J. Fowler, Caroline Bird, Anthony Anaxagorou, Rocío Ceróón; visual artist: Rubén Gil; 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 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.