Innovative Poetry Readings in London

Welcome to the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre’s regularly updated listings of events on London’s innovative poetry scenes.

During the current Covid-19 pandemic, many poetry venues and organisers have moved their events online. Innovative Poetry Readings in London is therefore listing both online and in-person events for now (restricting online events to those involving London-based poets, venues or organisations).

If venturing out to an event, remember that Covid-19 is still rife throughout the UK, and please:

  • Take every precaution to safeguard your health and that of others.
  • Check the event organiser’s website before you travel, to confirm that the event has not been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.
  • Make sure you are informed about the venue’s COVID-19 precautions.

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Key for colour coding:

Blue: In-person event.
Pink: Online event.
Green: In-person event in London, with simultaneous online broadcast.

Ongoing exhibitions and shows

Until Sat 29 January, Thu-Sat 10am-6pm.This way is very hard, but not insoluble: Exhibition by Linda Stupart and Carl Gent, featuring props, costumes, images and texts from All Us Girls Have Been Dead for So Long, a stage work based on the experimental writings of Kathy Acker.Kelder Projects, Basement of Mercer & Co., 26A Chapel Market, Islington N1 9EN.Free, appointment required.
Until Fri 4 February (opening hours not advertised).Networked Worlds: Centro de Arte y Comunicación: Exhibition of textual, conceptual and mail art from Argentina’s Centre for Art and Communication.Reference Point, 2 Arundel Street, Temple WC2R 3DA.Free, no booking required.
Until Sun 6 February, 11am-7pm daily (bank holidays 12pm-7pm).Sun at Night: Multimedia installation by Shilpa Gupta, incorporating texts and recordings of poetry.The Curve, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS.Free, no booking required.
Until Sat 12 February, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm.Desire International: Exhibition featuring Yevgeniy Fiks’ poem-banners using vocabulary from different LGBTQ+ cultures, plus more art by Ian Ginsburg.Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury WC1A 2TA.Free, no booking required.
Until Sun 13 February, Thu-Sun 12pm-6pm.Anna Barham: /S/T/R/O/B/E////L/I/C/K////: Art exhibition by Anna Barham, based on poems and prose by artist John Latham.Flat Time House, 210 Bellenden Road, Peckham SE15 4BW.Free, no booking required.
Until Sat 19 February, Wed-Sat 11am-5pm.Alphabet: Exhibition of textual art by the Croydon youth art collective Art Press, in collaboration with artist Alyona Larionova.Turf, 46-47 Trinity Court, Whitgift Centre, Croydon CR0 1UQ.Free, no booking required.
Until Sat 26 February, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm.Karel Appel: Paris / New York: Exhibition of paintings by Dutch artist and poet Karel Appel.Galerie Max Hetzler, 41 Dover Street, Mayfair W1S 4NR.Free, no booking required.
Until Sun 6 March, Thu-Sun 12pm-5pm.I am not American (I love Adrian, I miss Carolee, I follow Hannah): Exhibition of paintings, photography, poetry and ephemera by Sands Murray-Wassink.Auto Italia, 44 Bonner Road, Bethnal Green E2 9JS.Free, booking required.
Until Sun 13 March, Tue-Sun 11am-6pm.‘Too blue, too deep, too dark we sank…’: Installation of music, video, poetry and sculpture by Julien Creuzet, addressing Caribbean culture and history. Camden Art Centre, Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 6DG.Free, booking required.
Until Wed 20 April, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm.Fausto Melotti: Theatre: Exhibition by Italian sculptor, painter and poet Fausto Melotti.Hauser & Wirth, 23 Savile Row, Mayfair W1S 2ET.Free, booking required.

January 2022

Wednesday 26 January

7pm.Poetry, Art & Intermedia Practice: A Conversation: Poets-artists Robert Herbert McClean and Ahren Warner, publisher Jess Chandler and gallerist Hannah Barry discuss contemporary dialogues between poetry and visual art.Online, via Instagram Live for Prototype Publishing.Free, no booking required; Instagram registration may be needed.

Thursday 27 January

Thu 27 January – Sun 6 March, Wed-Sat 12pm-4pm.Dwoskino: Exhibition of moving image works responding to experimental film-maker Stephen Dwoskin, including P Staff’s poetry film Hevn, plus films by Evan Ifekoya and Margaret Salmon.LUX, Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, Archway N19 7JF.Free, no booking required.
Thu 27 January – Sun 6 March, Wed-Sat 12pm-4pm in person; available round the clock online.Sourcebook: Artists’ film by Mandy El-Sayegh and Helena Hunter, incorporating poetry and archival research.LUX, Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, Archway N19 7JF; also available online.Free, no booking required.
5pm.Experimental Publishing and New Archival Initiatives: Panel discussion of experimental publishing and archiving, with representatives from the Bootleg Library, the Cyberfeminism Index, and the London-based Digital Archive of Artists’ Publishing.Online for the University of Reading.Free, booking required.
6pm.Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar: Matt Martin presents a seminar on ‘Kamau Brathwaite on Lindisfarne: An Intercultural Poetics of Northumbria and the Caribbean’.Online via Zoom for Royal Holloway University of London.Free, no booking required.
6.10pm.The Surviving Films of Franciszka and Stefan Themerson: Screening of the four surviving films by poet-artists Franciszka and Stefan Themerson, including Europa, based on a long poem by Anatol Stern. Introduced by curator Jasia Reichardt.BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, Southwark SE1 8XT.£13.75/£10.20 plus booking fee, booking required.
7pm.Public Knowledge: Broken Sleep Books: Readings and discussion to launch three publications from Broken Sleep Books: Azad Ashim Sharma’s Ergastulum: Vignettes of Lost Time, EP Jenkins’s Rituals, and Kashif Sharma-Patel’s Gong Farm.Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 6DG.Free, booking required.
7pm.Nick Blackburn & Helen Macdonald: The Reactor: Therapist Nick Blackburn discusses his new book The Reactor: A Book about Grief and Repair with poet and nature writer Helen Macdonald.Online for London Review Bookshop.£15/£0/£5 (pay what you can), booking required.
7.45pm.Out-Spoken: Poetry with Jason Allen-Paisant, Andrew McMillan and Mona Arshi, plus music from Raquel Martins and Benny Atlas.Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.
8pm.voice(less): Rosie Middleton and Angharad Davies perform experimental works about voice and voicelessness, featuring compositions by Esin Gündüz, Laura Bowler, and Hannah Weiner & Mira Calix.Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Lambeth SE1 7LG.£9 advance, £11 on the door.
8pm.Paint Your Lips While Singing Your Favourite Pop Song: An improvised evening exploring the meeting point between text and sound, featuring special guests KMRU, Rebecca Lennon and Rhodri Davies, and scores by Salomé Voegelin.Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL.£14 advance, £16 on the door.

Friday 28 January

Fri 28 January – Sun 17 April, Tue-Sun 11am-4pm. Also 6pm-9pm on Thu 7 April.Explosion of Words: Collaborative exhibition by artist Hannes Schüpbach and poet Stephen Watts, based on Watts’ Bibliography of Modern Poetry in English Translation.Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, Bow E3 2SJ.Free, no booking required.
6.30pm.Locating the [Poetic] Body: Rushika Wick, Golnoosh Nour and Hannah Copley read from their latest collections and explore the body in poetry.Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, Marylebone W1B 2HT.Free, booking required.

Saturday 29 January

Sat 29 January and Sat 19 February, 10.30am-1pm each day.A Sci-Fi Enterprise of Social Poetics: Nisha Ramayya leads a two-session workshop on writing poetry that addresses the social poetics of science fiction, inspired by poets like Fred Moten, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Will Alexander.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry School.£84, booking required.
11am-2pm, then at the same time on Sat 5 and Sat 12 February.Experimental Writing – Inside Your Mouth Are Mountains: Fiona Glen leads a three-week course on experimental art writing.Camden Art Centre, Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 6DG.£108/£81, booking required.
7pm.Layers of Language: Multilingual readings from the British Bilingual Poetry Collective and guest poets, plus an audience participatory poetry play, and music from the band Maine. See here for how to request a performance slot.Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA.£7/£5 plus booking fee, booking required.

Sunday 30 January

7.30pm.Broken Sleep Books January Launch: Azad Ashim Sharma, EP Jenkins, Cai Draper, Sam Quill, Rishi Dastidar, Aaron Kent and Chris Neilan read to launch new poetry publications from Broken Sleep Books.Online for Broken Sleep Books.Booking by donation required.

February 2022

Tuesday 1 February

5.30pm.Countless Palestinian Futures: Designer Danah Abdulla and poet Sarona Abuaker present their collaborative discussion game Countless Palestinian Futures.Online, via Zoom for SOAS University of London.Free, booking required.

Wednesday 2 February

11am-1pm; repeated at the same time each Wednesday until 13 April.TS Eliot The Waste Land Centenary Tour: Rick Jones leads a walking tour of locations from TS Eliot’s modernist long poem The Waste Land.Meeting point: Blackfriars Underground, Queen Victoria Street, City of London EC4V 4DD.£15/£10, booking required.
6.30pm-8.30pm.Lost at Sea: Session One ‘The Ship’: Eleanor Penny leads a poetry-writing workshop about ships, inspired by poets like M NourbeSe Philip, Grace Nichols and Aimee Nezhukumatahil.Online, via Zoom for Spread the Word.£5/£4, booking required.
7.30pm.100th Anniversary of ‘Ulysses’: Poet Niall McDevitt and actors Frank Grimes, Veronica Quilligan and Kait Feeney read poetry and prose to celebrate the 100th anniversary of James Joyce’s experimental novel Ulysses.Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith W6 9DT.Free, no booking required.

Thursday 3 February

Performance 6.30pm (doors 6pm), opening reception 7pm-9pm; exhibition then runs Fri 4 – Sat 26 February, Wed-Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm.There’s no way I can know it, the object, or the body: Exhibition by poet-artist Sophie Seita and painter Claire Zakiewicz, exploring the possibilities of writing, drawing, and writing-bodies. The opening night features a performance with live painting by Zakiewicz and electronic tabla music by Kuljit Bhamra.Hoxton 253, 253 Hoxton Street, Hoxton N1 5LG.Free; booking required for the performance, no booking required for the reception or exhibition.
4pm – 6.45pm.Manufacturing Dissent: Moments of Solidarity: Reflections on the role of solidarity in building sustained political movements. With a performance by poet Raymond Antrobus, plus discussion with journalist Gary Younge, historian Catherine Hall, curator Gilane Tawadros, artist Joshua Virasami, cultural producer Farzana Khan, scholars Fatima Rajina and Liz Fekete, and charity leaders Sado Jirde and Pragna Patel.Online for the Stuart Hall Foundation.Free or by donation, booking required.
6.30pm.An Evening of British Bangladeshi Poetry in Focus: Readings by British Bangladeshi poets Shamim Azad, Milton Rahman, Farah Naz, Ataur Rahman Milad and Ikbal Hussein Bulbul. Plus access to the venue’s poetry-themed exhibition Explosion of Words (see above).Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, Bow E3 2SJ.£5, booking required.

Friday 4 February

Doors 7pm, event 7.30pm.Book Launch: Wound Building: Launch and discussion of Danny Hayward’s new essay collection Wound Building: Dispatches from the Latest Disasters in UK Poetry, plus readings by poets (line-up TBA).Hundred Years Gallery, 13 Pearson Street, Haggerston E2 8JD.£5 on the door.
8pm.Known/Unknown: A Celebration of Carolee Schneemann: Screenings and performances of performance artist and experimental writer Carolee Schneemann’s collaborations with film-maker Stan Brakhage and composer James Tenney. Plus discussion with Rachel Churner, Director of The Carolee Schneemann Foundation.Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL.£14 advance, £16 on the door.

Saturday 5 February

2pm.Reading Conrad in the Modern World: Conrad and Africa: Poet Robert Hampson lectures on novelist Joseph Conrad and Africa.Online via Zoom for St Mary’s University, Twickenham.£10/£8, booking required.

Sunday 6 February

2pm-3.30pm.Radical Approached Reading Group 3 – Language Hegemony in African Literature: Poet Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún leads a reading group on African literature, the role of colonial languages, and possible futures.Online for the Poetry Translation Centre.Pay what you can, booking required.
8pm.Occult World, Art & Poetry of Marjorie Cameron: Manon Hedenborg White gives a talk on how 20th-century poet and artist Marjorie Cameron was influenced by her occult studies.Online, via Zoom for the Last Tuesday Society.£11.04/£5.82, booking required.

Monday 7 February

5.30pm.The Textual-Visual Collaborations of Blaise Cendrars: Eric Robertson gives a talk on how Swiss-French poet Blaise Cendrars was influenced by the visual arts.Lecture Theatre 1, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square Campus, Penton Rise, Kings Cross WC1X 9EW; also streamed online.Free, booking required.

Tuesday 8 February

5pm-7pm.Writing the Climate Crisis: An Ecopoetry Workshop: Billie Manning leads a workshop on writing ecopoetry in response to the climate crisis.Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross N1C 4AA.Free, booking required.
6pm.Centre for Poetry and Poetics: Poetry with Ansgar Allen, Richard Parker and London’s Andrea Brady.Online for the University of Sheffield. Also available as an in-person event in Sheffield.Free, no booking required.
7pm.Remembering Kay Dick: Discussion of writer Kay Dick to mark the reissue of her novel They. Featuring poet Jay Bernard, novelist Claire-Louise Bennett and actor Natascha McElhone. The online event will be live captioned.Knowledge Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, Kings Cross NW1 2DB; also online.£13/£11/£6.50 in person, £5 online, booking required.

Wednesday 9 February

7pm.Will Alexander, Fred Moten & Momtaza Mehri: Poetry and discussion with Will Alexander, Fred Moten and Momtaza Mehri.Online for the London Review Bookshop.£15/£10/£5 (pay what you can), booking required.

Friday 11 February

Doors 7pm, event 7.30pm.Anthony Joseph: Musical performance by poet Anthony Joseph and his band.Fireworks Factory, Woolwich Works, 11 No. 1 Street, Woolwich SE18 6HD.£15.50, booking required.

Saturday 12 February

Sat 12 February and Sat 5 March, 10.30am-1pm each day.Swerve: Surprise, Errancy, & Unexpected Turns: Genevieve Stevens leads a two-session workshop on writing poetry that sidesteps the familiar, inspired by poets like Weldon Kees, Karen Solie and Wallace Stevens.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry School.£84, booking required.
10.45am-1pm.Poetry as Protection: Jenny Mitchell leads a poetry workshop to commemorate International Human Rights Day.Charing Cross Library, 4-6 Charing Cross Road, Charing Cross WC2H 0HF.£5, free for Westminster residents, booking required.

Tuesday 15 February

Tue 15 February – Tue 22 March.Carnival & the Masks of Bacchanal: Fawzia Kane leads a studio course on writing poetry that revels in the freedom of Carnival, inspired by poets like Patience Agbabi and Vahni Capildeo.Online for the Poetry School.£108, booking required.
6.30pm-8pm, then at the same time on Tue 22 February.Online Translation Workshops: Iraqi poet Zêdan Xelef: Bryar Bajalan and David Shook lead a two-part workshop on translating Kurmanji-language poetry by Iraqi poet Zêdan Xelef. No knowledge of Kurmanji required.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry Translation Centre.Pay what you can, booking required.
7pm.Idolaters – Ειδωλολάτρες: Poet Natalie Katsou discusses her new collection Ειδωλολάτρες (Idolaters) with writer Haris Psarras. Plus readings from the collection by theatre director Anastasia Revi and actor Konstantinos Chatzikypraios.Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone W1U 5AS.Free, booking required; donations welcome.

Wednesday 16 February

6.30pm-8.30pm.Lost at Sea: Session One ‘The Port’: Eleanor Penny leads a poetry-writing workshop about seaports, inspired by poets like M NourbeSe Philip, Grace Nichols and Aimee Nezhukumatahil.Online, via Zoom for Spread the Word.£5/£4, booking required.
6.30pm.Speaking through Love: Artist Sharon Hayes discusses the role of love in her multimedia installations, with poet So Mayer.Online, via Zoom for Tate.£5, booking required.
7pm.Queer Alphabet Soup: Readings by queer writers, featuring poet Kashif Sharma-Patel, novelist Elizabeth Chakrabarty, historian Adam Zmith and writer Charlotte Cooper.South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, South Lambeth SW8 1QP.Free, booking required.

Thursday 17 February

7.30pm.The Stasi Poetry Circle: Philip Oltermann discusses his new book about the East German Stasi’s efforts to use poetry for social control.Online for the London Library.Pay what you can, booking required.
7.30pm.The Barman by Helen Bowell: Online Launch: Reading and Q&A to launch Helen Bowell’s poetry pamphlet The Barman. Plus more poetry with Natalie Linh Bolderston, Jasmine Simms and Jenny Danes.Online, via Zoom for Bad Betty Press.Free, booking required.

Friday 18 February

7pm-3am.Boundary Condition .03: A night of durational sound art, featuring [something’s happening] (poet Iris Colomb and composer Daryl Worthington], Matchess (Circuit des Yeux), Cerpintxt & Ruben Sonnoli, Tom White, Craig Scott, a DJ set by Marina, and more TBA.The Gutters Smeed Road, Fish Island.£10/£8/£6 advance, £10 on the door.
7pm.Polari Live Online: An evening of LGBTQ+ literature with poet Golnoosh Nour, and writers Jason Ford and Jon Ransom.Online for Polari.£5.98, booking required.
Doors 7pm, event 7.15pm.Artists in Conversation & Performance: Poet-artist Sophie Seita presents her performance-lecture Reading the Rock, followed by discussion with Seita and painter Claire Zakiewicz about There’s no way I can know it, the object, or the body, their exhibition at the venue.Hoxton 253, 253 Hoxton Street, Hoxton N1 5LG.Free, booking required.
7.30pm.Blood Music Birthday: Experimental music by Blood Music (a.k.a. poet Simon Pomery), plus Guy Birkin, Roberto Crippa, En Creux, Tom Mudd, S McEvoy, and UAN. Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Lambeth SE1 7LG. £8, booking required.

Sunday 20 February

3pm-4pm.Family Art Workshop for Hackney Residents: Painter Claire Zakiewicz leads a workshop for adults and children aged 7+, exploring relationships between sound, words and drawing. An event for There’s no way I can know it, the object, or the body, Zakiewicz’s joint exhibition with poet-artist Sophie Seita at the venue.Hoxton 253, 253 Hoxton Street, Hoxton N1 5LG.Free, booking required. Priority for Hackney residents.

Monday 21 February

5.30m-8pm.CRIPtic x Spread the Word – Writers’ Salon for d/Deaf and Disabled Writers: Salon for d/Deaf and disabled writers, featuring a workshop with poet Ayesha Chouglay, a reading and Q&A with poet Sonny Nwachukwu, and an open mic. With BSL interpretation and auto-captioning.Online, via Zoom for Spread the Word.Free, booking required.

Tuesday 22 February

10am-5pm, then at the same time each Tuesday until 22 March.Drawing, Collage, Poetry: Sophie Herxheimer and Rosie Vohra lead a five-session course on combining poetry with drawing and collage.Online for the Royal Drawing School.£250, some concessions available; booking required.
Tue 22 – Sun 27 February, Tue 12pm-6.45pm, Thu 12pm-7.30pm, Wed and Fri-Sun 12pm-9pm.at/Tribute: Sound installation by Shenece Oretha, responding to M NourbeSe Philip’s long poem Zong! Part of Strange Echoes, the venue’s season of events celebrating Philip.ICA, The Mall, St James’s, SW1Y 5AH.Free, booking required.
6.45pm.Frontiers of Silence + Conversation with M NourbeSe Philip: Screening of Olivia Douglass’ film Frontiers of Silence, featuring poems by Ebun Sodipo, Courtney Conrad and Esther Heller responding to the work of poet M NourbeSe Philip. Followed by discussion with poet Victoria Adukwei Bulley, sound artist Shenece Oretha, and (via Zoom) Philip. Part of Strange Echoes, the venue’s season of events celebrating Philip.ICA, The Mall, St James’s, SW1Y 5AH.£10/£7.50, booking required.
8pm.Eroticism and Surrealist Sewing Machines: Abigail Susik gives a talk on the erotic role of the sewing machine in Surrealist art and literature.Online, via Zoom for the Last Tuesday Society.£11.04/£5.82, booking required.

Wednesday 23 February

6.45pm-8.45pm.Writing Workshop with Joan Anim-Addo: Joan Anim-Addo leads a writing workshop inspired by the poetry of M NourbeSe Philip. Part of Strange Echoes, the venue’s season of events celebrating Philip.ICA, The Mall, St James’s, SW1Y 5AH.£15/£7.50, booking required.
7pm.Ange Mlinko and Edmund de Waal on Rilke: Poet Ange Mlinko and artist Edmund de Waal discuss Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke.Online for the London Review Bookshop.£15/£10/£5 (pay what you can), booking required.

Thursday 24 February

Thu 24 February – Mon 29 August 2022, 10am-6pm daily.Surrealism beyond Borders: Exhibition on the global reach of the Surrealist movement in art and literature.Tate Modern, Bankside, Southwark SE1 9TG.£18/£17, booking required.
6pm.Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar: Daniel Eltringham presents a seminar on ‘False Maps: Latin America, Little Magazines, and the British Poetry Revival in the 1970s’.Online via Zoom for Royal Holloway University of London.Free, no booking required.
7pm-8pm.Queer Writing and Performance Workshop for Hackney Residents: Poet-artist Sophie Seita leads a writing and performance workshop inspired by queer, trans and non-binary thinkers, writers and artists. An event for There’s no way I can know it, the object, or the body, Seita’s joint exhibition with painter Claire Zakiewicz at the venue.Hoxton 253, 253 Hoxton Street, Hoxton N1 5LG.Free, booking required. Priority for queer Hackney residents aged 18-25.
7.30pm.Strange Echoes: Poetry Reading: Abondance Matanda, Kareem Parkins Brown, Latekid and Olivia Douglass perform poems in response to the poetry of M NourbeSe Philip, accompanied by a live band. Part of Strange Echoes, the venue’s season of events celebrating Philip.ICA, The Mall, St James’s, SW1Y 5AH.£11/£8.50, booking required.
7.45pm.Out-Spoken: Poetry with Holly Pester, Anthony Joseph and Fiona Benson.Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.

Saturday 26 February

10.30am-4.30pm.Poetry of the Menopause: Pause & Refresh: Katrina Naomi leads a workshop on writing poetry in response to bodily changes experienced during the menopause.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry School.£84, booking required.
1pm-4pm.Out-Spoken Masterclass: Anthony Joseph leads a poetry workshop poetry inspired by his approaches and techniques.Sunley Pavilion, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX. £20/£15 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.
2pm-4pm.PRIM Reading Group: K Bailey Obazee leads a reading group for participants aged 18-25, on M NourbeSe Philip’s poetry collection She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks. Part of Strange Echoes, the venue’s season of events celebrating Philip.ICA, The Mall, St James’s, SW1Y 5AH.£5/£free, booking required.
8.45pm.Michael Ignatieff – On Consolation: Michael Ignatieff discusses his new book, On Consolation, which considers how we look to each other to recover hope and resilience, including accounts of poets like Anna Akhmatova and Primo Levi. Part of Jewish Book Week.Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG.£21.50 plus £3 booking fee, booking required.

Sun 27 February

1pm.Isaac Rosenberg: Poet Anthony Rudolf and writer Elizabeth Cook discuss modernist poet and painter Isaac Rosenberg. Part of Jewish Book Week.Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG.£9.50 plus £3 booking fee, booking required.

Mon 28 February

Mon 28 February – Sat 9 April, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, plus 2.30pm matinees on Mon, Tue and Thu.La Casa de Bernarda Alba: Spanish-language production of poet Federico García Lorca’s play The House of Bernarda Alba. Cervantes Theatre, Arch 26, 229 Union Street, Southwark SE1 0LR.£18-£25, booking required.

March 2022

Tuesday 1 March

Tue 1 March – Tue 5 April.Writing the Holocaust: Memory, Ethics, & the Limits of Imagination: Anna Veprinska leads a studio course on writing poetry that addresses the Holocaust, inspired by poets like Charles Reznikoff, Denise Levertov, Paul Celan and Anne Sexton.Online for the Poetry School.£108, booking required.

Wednesday 2 March

6.30pm-8.30pm.Lost at Sea: Session One ‘The Wreck’: Eleanor Penny leads a poetry-writing workshop about seaports, inspired by poets like M NourbeSe Philip, Grace Nichols and Aimee Nezhukumatahil.Online, via Zoom for Spread the Word.£5/£4, booking required.

Thursday 3 March

6pm.Heartspoken Word Open Mic Night: Open mic poetry night on the theme of ‘integration’.Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, Bow E3 2SJ.£3, booking required for attendees and performers.

Friday 4 March

Fri 4 March – Sun 5 June, Tue and Thu-Sun 11am-6pm, Wed 11am-9pm.After Work: Installation by artist Céline Condorelli, film-maker Céline Condorelli and poet Jay Bernard, exploring themes of labour, play and public space. South London Gallery Fire Station, 82 Peckham Road, Peckham SE15 5LQ.Free, no booking required.
6.30pm.Mushaira – the87press: Poetry with Sarona Abuaker, James Goodwin, Caspar Heinemann, Verity Spott, Dom Hale, Kat Addis, Karenjit Sandhu and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, plus DJing from Mishti, Jwarn (Sub Merchants), Samia (Daytimers) and Manuka Honey.ICA, The Mall, St James’s SW1Y 5AH.£10/£7.50, booking required.

Saturday 5 March

Sat 5 and Sat 12 March, 10.30am-1pm each day.Apocalypse & Myth: Eleanor Penny leads a two-session workshop on writing poetry about apocalypse, inspired by poets like Tishani Doshi, Kei Miller and RA Villanueva.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry School.£84, booking required.

Monday 7 March

7pm.Well-Versed: Pre-Festival Special: Holly Pester discusses the role of narrative in her poetry.Online, via Zoom for Stanza.Free, no booking required.

Tuesday 8 March

8pm.Galvanize Ensemble: Avant-garde musicians Galvanize Ensemble perform Duncan MacLeod’s Dada/surrealist composition Metalization of a Dream, inspired by the experimental writings of Gertrude Stein, William S Burroughs and John Cage; plus Carmel Smickersgill’s new work Commune. With guests including Gemma Kost, Lore Lixenberg and Jack McNeill.Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL.£12 advance, £14 on the door.

Wednesday 9 March

5.30pm.Wayward and Wayfaring: Dubuffet’s Jargon Texts: Jean Duffy gives a talk on painter Jean Dubuffet’s experimental poetry and prose.Lecture Theatre 2, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square Campus, Penton Rise, Kings Cross WC1X 9EW; also streamed online.Free, booking required.

Friday 11 March

10am.Translating Gilgamesh: Philip Terry, Jenny Lewis and London’s Adnan Al-Sayegh read from their re-imaginings of the Epic of Gilgamesh.Online for Stanza. Also available as an in-person event in St Andrews, Scotland.£3, booking required.
11.30am.Past and Present: Whose Tradition Is Whose?: London poets Adnan Al-Sayegh and Yang Lian discuss the relevance of Euro-American modernism to their work.Online for Stanza. Also available as an in-person event in St Andrews, Scotland.£3, booking required.
3.45pm.The Contemporary Epic: Gëzim Hadjari (translated by Ian Seed), Stephanie Sy Quia and London’s Khaled Nurul Hakim read and discuss their experimental epic poems.Online for Stanza. Also available as an in-person event in St Andrews, Scotland.£3, booking required.
6pm.An Exploration of Contemporary Urdu Poetry: Readings, translations, and discussions with Urdu poets.Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, Bow E3 2SJ.Booking required, pricing TBA.
8.30pm.Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan: Tangled in Terror: Poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan launches her new book, Tangled in Terror: Uprooting Islamophobia. With BSL interpretation. Part of the Women of the World festival.Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.

Saturday 12 March

9.45am – 5.30pm, then 7.30pm-9pm.Performed Poetics: A Two-Day Event in Celebration of the Work of Eric Mottram and Jerome Rothenberg (Day One): Performances, talks, discussion and film celebrating the friendship between poets Eric Mottram and Jerome Rothenberg. Featuring Jerome Rothenberg, Charlie Morrow, Allen Fisher, Jeff Hilson, Steve McGarty, Janette Cheong, Clive Bush, Charles Bernstein, Gavin Selerie, Robert Hampson, Hélène Aji, Ken Edwards, Michael Hrebeniak, Matt Martin and Peter Middleton. Link forthcoming.Great Hall, King’s College London, King’s Building, The Strand, Temple WC2R 2LS.Booking required, details TBA.
8.15pm.Poetry Centre Stage: Modernist Takes & Out-Takes on Narrative: Yang Lian (with translator Brian Holton), Holly Pester and Sandeep Parmar read their experimental narrative poems.Online for Stanza. Also available as an in-person event in St Andrews, Scotland.£5, booking required.
8.30pm.Warsan Shire at WOW: Bless the Daughter: Poet Warsan Shire launches her poetry collection Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head. With BSL interpretation. Part of the Women of the World festival.Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£25 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.

Sunday 13 March

10.30am – 5pm, then 7pm-9pm.Performed Poetics: A Two-Day Event in Celebration of the Work of Eric Mottram and Jerome Rothenberg (Day Two): Performances, talks, discussion and film celebrating the friendship between poets Eric Mottram and Jerome Rothenberg. Featuring Jerome Rothenberg, Charlie Morrow, Charles Bernstein, Hélène Aji, Colin Still, Jeffrey Robinson, and John Kenny and musicians. Link forthcoming.Great Hall, King’s College London, King’s Building, The Strand, Temple WC2R 2LS.Booking required, details TBA.
4pm.Afternoon Tea with Richard Price & Louise Halfe-Sky Dancer: Richard Price and Louise Halfe-Sky Dancer discuss their poetic adaptations of Indigenous North American stories.Online for Stanza. Also available as an in-person event in St Andrews, Scotland.£3, booking required.

Saturday 19 March

Times TBA.Deptford Literature Festival: A Day of performances and workshops celebrating the diversity and creativity of Deptford and Lewisham. Participating poets include Inua Ellams, Ella Frears, Jamie Hale and Laila Sumpton.Venues in Deptford TBA.Booking opens Thu 20 January.

Sunday 20 March

1.30pm – 4pm.Walking Tour: WG Sebald’s East End: Poet Stephen Watts leads a walking tour of East End locations from WG Sebald’s novel Austerlitz.Meeting point: Stepney Green Underground Station, Mile End Road, Stepney E1 4AQ.Free, no booking required.

Wednesday 23 March

8pm.Phantoms of Surrealism: Nayia Yiakoumaki discusses curating the Whitechapel Gallery’s 2021 exhibition Phantoms of Surrealism, which foregrounded women and non-binary surrealist artists, including artist-poets like Claude Cahun and Ithell Colquhoun.Online, via Zoom for the Last Tuesday Society.£11.04/£5.82, booking required.

Thursday 24 March

6pm.Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar: Natasha Pinnington presents a seminar on ‘Tom Raworth and Latin America’.Online via Zoom for Royal Holloway University of London.Free, no booking required.
7.45pm.Out-Spoken: Poetry with Rishi Dastidar, lisa luxx and Emily Berry.Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.
6.30pm-8.30pm.Workshop: A Date Night with Poetry: Eeshita Azad leads a poetry workshop on the shape of words and the connections between them.Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, Bow E3 2SJ.£7, booking required.

Friday 25 March

Times TBA.Watch Words: John Furnival and Text (as) Art: Symposium on the work of concrete poet John Furnival, with keynotes by writer Eley Williams and scholar Stephen Bann. See the link for the call for papers (deadline Mon 31 January).Royal College of Art; further details TBA.Booking information TBA.

Monday 28 March

7.30pm.The Revival: Women & The Word: Screening of Sekiya Dorsett’s documentary about a collective of queer women of colour poets and musicians on a tour of the USA and Canada. Plus a Q&A.Stanley Arts, 12 South Norwood Hill, South Norwood SE25 6AB.£8 advance, £12 on the door.

April 2022

Wednesday 6 April

7.30pm.NPL Presents: Alice Notley: Alice Notley reads and discusses her poetry.Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10/£7.50 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.

Thursday 7 April

6.30pm.An Imaginary Library: Modern Poetry & Translation: Panel discussion on poet Stephen Watts’ ongoing Bibliography of Modern Poetry in English Translation. Featuring Watts, poets Nisha Ramayya and Chris McCabe, artist Hannes Schüpbach and scholar Jo Catling.Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, Bow E3 2SJ.£5, booking required.
Doors 7pm, performances 7.30pm.APoCALYTIC: London Electronic Poetry: Experimental music and poetry, featuring Rhys Trimble, Julien Ottavi, Oliver Torr, J Milo Taylor, Jenny Pickett, the LCC Students Sound Group, and Quatuor pour la Fin des Temps (a collaboration featuring Trimble, Taylor, Pickett and Ottavi).Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Lambeth SE1 7LG.£9, booking required.

Wednesday 13 April

4pm-7pm.Performance: Celebratory Walking of the Bibliography to the National Poetry Library: Poet Stephen Watts and artist Hannes Schüpbach walk Watts’ four-volume Bibliography of Modern Poetry in English Translation from the Nunnery Gallery in Bow to a new home in the National Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre, with readings along the way.Meeting point: Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, Bow E3 2SJ. Booking required, details TBA.
7.30pm.Explosion of Words – An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Translation: Poetry and translations with poets Stephen Watts, Ziba Karbassi and Adnan al-Sayegh, plus musical storytelling with Bird Radio.National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX. £7 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.

Wednesday 20 April

7.45pm.Seder: Multidisciplinary work exploring the themes of ritual, retelling and survival, based on the poetry of Adam Kammerling. With music by Bellatrix and Antosh Wojcik, and performance by Emma Houston, Saskia Horton, Ffion Campbell-Davies and Si Rawlinson.Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£15 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.

Thursday 21 April

7.45pm.Out-Spoken: Announcement of this year’s winner of the Out-Spoken Prize For Poetry, with readings by Hannah Lowe, Yomi Ṣode, Seán Hewitt and Martha Sprackland.Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.

Monday 25 April

7.30pm.Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992: Screening of a documentary about poet Audre Lorde’s time in Berlin. Plus a Q&A.Stanley Arts, 12 South Norwood Hill, South Norwood SE25 6AB.£8 advance, £12 on the door.

Thursday 28 April

6pm.Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar: Emily Critchley presents a seminar on ‘Poetry as an ethics of attention: how experimental writing can help us remember our radical interconnectedness with one another and the world’.Online via Zoom for Royal Holloway University of London.Free, no booking required.

May 2022

Sunday 15 May

8pm.The Fluid World of Ithell Colquhoun: Richard Shillitoe gives a talk about the significance of islands in the work of surrealist painter and poet Ithell Colquhoun.Online, via Zoom for the Last Tuesday Society.£11.04/£5.82, booking required.

Monday 30 May

6pm.Centre for Poetry and Poetics: Readings by poets from London’s Pamenar Press. Line-up TBA.Online for the University of Sheffield. Also available as an in-person event in Sheffield.Booking details TBA.

June 2022

Saturday 18 June

7pm.European Poetry Festival: Pairs of poets from across Europe perform new collaborations. Line-up TBA.Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA.Free, booking required.

Tuesday 28 June

7.30pm.Sophie Seita & Naomi Woo – Beethoven Was a Lesbian, and Other Pieces: Poet Sophie Seita and musician Naomi Woo perform works in response to composer Pauline Oliveros and poet-artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL.£8 advance, £10 on the door.

September 2022

Thursday 28 September

Thu 28 September – Sun 8 January, times TBA.Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics: Retrospective exhibition of work by artist, experimental writer and film-maker Carolee Schneemann.Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS.Ticketing information TBA.