Innovative Poetry Readings in London

Precautions are in force to minimise the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in London and throughout the UK. Most live events for the immediate future have been cancelled, postponed, or moved online. In light of these developments, the Innovative Poetry Readings in London calendar of events is currently focused on online provision by London poets and organisations.

England has been in lockdown throughout winter and spring of 2021. As these restrictions are lifted, some in-person events will again become available. A calendar of these is further down the page. If venturing out to one of these events, please take every precaution to safeguard your health and that of others.

If you would like to engage with poetry online from the comfort of your home, the poet Peter Philpott has assembled useful lists of links to online resources at www.modernpoetry.org.uk. If you are missing the experience of hearing innovative poetry performed aloud, his list of audio and video sites – http://www.modernpoetry.org.uk/av.html – may be of special interest.

If you would like to add anything to these lists, please email us at cprc.readings@gmail.com, or contact us via Facebook.

Online events

Available until Sat 17 April. The Pioneers. Part 1: Dom Sylvester Houédard: A Tribute to Guy Brett: Richard Saltoun Gallery presents an exhibition of work by concrete poet Dom Sylvester Houédard. Free, registration required.
Sun 18 April – Sun 30 May. Solitary Spaces: Coffee-House Poetry presents a six-week creative writing workshop on solitude, led by Anne-Marie Fyfe. Via Zoom. £120, booking required.
Sun 18 April, 11am. Flow Unlocked: University College London’s Trellis Festival presents an afternoon of art, poetry and discussion about the importance of relationships to autistic people. With Briony Campbell, Georgia Pavropoulou and Jon Adams. Free, registration required.
Sun 18 April, 4pm-6pm. Let Me Tell You What I Saw: Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival presents London-based Iraqi poet Adnan Al-Sayegh and his translator Jenny Lewis reading from Let Me Tell You What I Saw, a section of Al-Sayegh’s long poem Uruk’s Anthem. Free, registration required.
Tue 20 and Tue 27 April, 6.30pm-8pm each night. PTC Online Workshops: Nigerian Hausa Poet Mudi Sipikin: The Poetry Translation Centre and Aké Arts and Books Festival present a two-session workshop on translating Nigerian Hausa poet Mudi Sipikin, led by Richard Ali and Chrissy Williams. No knowledge of Hausa required. Via Zoom. Booking required, pay what you can.
Tue 20 April. Poly Styrene – A Poetry & Lyric Roundtable: The National Poetry Library presents a round-table discussion with poets and lyricists celebrating the release of Paul Sng and Celeste Bell’s documentary Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché. Tickets include online access to the film. £9.99, booking required.
Wed 21 April, 7pm. Poetry and Covid Reading: Poetry Wales magazine presents an evening of poetry written in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring Jèssica Pujol Duran, Yana Lucila Lema, Zoë Skoulding, Rory Waterman, Togara Muzanenhamo, Matthew Welton, Vidyan Ravinthiran and London’s Jennifer Cooke. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Wed 21 April, 8.45pm. Rachel Long & Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan: An Evening of Poetry: The Cambridge Literary Festival presents poetry and discussion with Rachel Long and Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan. £6, booking required.
Thu 22 April, 6pm. Poetry for the Infinite: White Cube Gallery presents readings and discussion with poets Sarah Howe, Amy Key and Brenda Shaughnessy, in response to the gallery’s exhibition of paintings by Jessica Rankin. Free, registration required.
Thu 22 April, 7pm. Untitled 2nd Birthday Writers’ Salon: Untitled celebrates its second birthday with a salon featuring underrepresented poets and writers like Iqbal Hussain, Kathryn O’Driscoll, Ollie Charles, and Jade Mutyora & Natasha Collie (Soft Punch). Plus a prize giveaway. With BSL interpretation and live captioning. Free, registration required.
Thu 22 April, 7pm. Online launch for MPT ‘Clean Hands: Focus on the Pandemic in Europe’: Modern Poetry in Translation magazine launches a new issue featuring European poetry in response to the pandemic. With readings by Simone Atangana Bekono, Safiye Can, David Constantine, Martin Kratz and David Colmer. Registration required, donations welcome.
Thu 22 April, 7.30pm. Katie Griffiths’ Online Launch of The Attitudes: Nine Arches Press presents the launch reading for Katie Griffiths’ new pamphlet The Attitudes, plus more poetry from Michelle Penn, Arji Manuelpillai, Mary Mulholland and Matthew Paul. With live captions. Via YouTube. Free, registration required.
Fri 23 April, 6.30pm. Books, Violence and Resistance (2/4) Eric Huntley: Black History Walks presents the second of two discussions with Eric Huntley, co-founder of Bogle-L’Ouverture Books and the Walter Rodney Bookshop. Free, registration required.
Fri 23 April, 7pm. Will Harris: Finding a Language | Workshop for NHS: Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival presents a workshop exclusively for NHS workers, with London’s Will Harris, on making poetry from different languages used at work, at home and with friends. Via Zoom. Booking required, donations welcome.
Sat 24 and Sun 25 April, 10.30am-7pm each day. Surrey New Writers Festival: The University of Surrey presents two days of readings, discussion and workshops. Speakers include poets Rob Kiely and Inua Ellams. £25, £10 for students, masterclass tickets £15; booking required.
Sat 24 April, 1.30pm. Malika Booker: | Writing Workshop: Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival presents a workshop with Malika Booker, on creating poetry that responds to contemporary writing. Via Zoom. £7.50/£5, booking required.
Sat 24 April, 8pm. artBLAB Reading: artBLAB presents poetry by Iris Colomb, Doug Jones, Matt Martin and Carlos Soto Román. Via Zoom. £5 recommended donation.
Sat 26 April, 4pm. The Mountains Sing – Decolonising Vietnamese Literature : London Metropolitan University welcomes poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai to discuss her historical novel The Mountains Sing. Free, registration required.
Available from Wed 28 April, 10am. Experiments in Art Writing: The Paul Mellon Centre presents a podcast talk by experimental art writer Maria Fusco about her creative practice. Free.
Wed 28 April, 5.30pm. Riff: The Shake Keane Story: An Itinerant Caribbean Artist’s Life: The Institute of the Americas at University College London welcomes Philip Nanton for a talk about Riff, his new biography of Vincentian poet and musician Shake Keane. Free, registration required.
Wed 28 April, 7pm. Marina Warner in Conversation with Sophie Herxheimer: The University of East Anglia presents a discussion with writer Marina Warner about her new memoir Inventory of a Life Mislaid, alongside the book’s illustrator, artist and poet Sophie Herxheimer. £5, booking required (free for UEA students).
Wed 28 April, 7pm. Annual Lecture Series 2021: Terrance Hayes: The Poetry Society presents a lecture by US poet Terrance Hayes on ‘Four Women: A Century of Black Women Poets’, discussing poems by Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, Wanda Coleman and Patricia Smith. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Thu 29 April, 8pm. here.here on voice and electronics: Iklektik presents an evening of performances experimenting with voice and electronics, featuring N.O. Moore, Lottie Sadd, Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and Yifeat Ziv. Via YouTube/Facebook/Twitch. Donations welcome.
Fri 30 April, 6.30pm. Books, Violence and Resistance (3/4) New Beacon Books: Black History Walks presents a discussion with Michael La Rose about Black bookshop and publisher New Beacon Books, co-founded by poet John La Rose. Free, registration required.
Fri 30 April, 7pm. Lambeth Libraries LGBTQ+ Reading Group: Lambeth Libraries hosts a reading group on Ocean Vuong’s poetry collection On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Free, registration required.
Sat 1 May, 10am-11.30am. Voyages of Discovery: Poetry Masterclass: The London Library presents a workshop on inspiration and intertextuality, led by Karen McCarthy Woolf. £27.69, booking required.
Sat 1 May, 10am. Shorts: Please Confirm Your Details: Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival presents a programme of short films on the theme of interconnection, including a film by London poet Amy Cutler, plus work by Sam Firth, Laura Kraning, Seán Martin, Charlotte Clermont, Flora Debechi, Aneeta Mitha & Julie Ludwig, Ella Morton, Kamila Kuc, Marc Cartwright, and Curtis Miller. With captions. Free.
Sat 1 May, 2pm. Magma Poetry 79 ‘Dwelling’ Launch: Magma magazine launches its new issue on the theme of ‘dwelling’, with readings by Tishani Doshi, Penelope Shuttle, Natalie Linh Bolderston, Alexa Winik, and more TBA. Free, registration required.
Sun 2 May – Sun 20 June. The Writing Eye: Exploring Photopoetry & Filmpoetry: Poem Brut presents a seven-week course on creating poetry that intersects with photography and film, led by SJ Fowler, and inspired by writers and artists like Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Hamish Fulton and Blaise Cendrars. £200, booking required.
Sun 2 May, 12pm. The London Library Emerging Writers Showcase: The London Library presents readings by poets Isabelle Baafi and Helen Bowell, novelists Amber Medland and L M Dillsworth, short story writer Deborah Torr, and playwright Carmina Bernhardt. £6.49, booking required.
Mon 3 May – Sat 31 May. Site-Specific Writing Studio: The Poetry School presents a four-week studio course on site-specific writing practices, led by Caroline Bergvall and inspired by writers like Etel Adnan, Georges Perec and Allen Ginsberg. £79, booking required.
Mon 3 May – Sat 31 May. Reloads & Reprises: Repetition Studio: The Poetry School presents a four-week studio course on using repetition in poetry, led by Gboyega Odubanjo and inspired by writers like Terrance Hayes, Alice Oswald and Solange. £79, booking required.
Mon 3 May – Mon 12 July. Channel Hopping: A French Exchange: The Poetry School presents a five-session, fortnightly course on writing poetry inspired by French poets, led by Paul Stephenson. No knowledge of French needed. £109, booking required.
Mon 3 May, 8pm. Too Young, Too Loud, Too Different: Malika’s Poetry Kitchen: The London Library hosts readings by Inua Ellams, Malika Booker, Kayo Chingonyi, Zakia Carpenter-Hall, Arji Manuelpillai and Charlotte Ansell. £6.49, booking required.
Tue 4 May – Tue 13 July. ‘The most intimate act of reading’: Translating Poetry & the Politics of the Personal: The Poetry School presents a five-session, fortnightly course on translating poetry, led by Sophie Collins. No knowledge of other languages needed. £109, booking required.
Tue 4 May, 7pm-9pm, then at the same time fortnightly until Tue 29 June. The Dinner Table: The Poetry School presents a five-session, fortnightly workshop with special guests, cultivating the poetry of the dinner table, and led by Rachel Long. Via Zoom. £95, booking required.
Available from Wed 5 May, 10am. Experiments in Art Writing: The Paul Mellon Centre presents a podcast talk by poet Roger Robinson about the role of art writing in his work. Free.
Wed 5 May, 6.30pm. Books, Violence and Resistance (4/4) Centreprise: Black History Walks presents a discussion with Emmanuel Amevor about Black bookshop Centreprise. Free, registration required.
Wed 5 May, 7pm-9pm, then at the same time fortnightly until Wed 14 July. Ars Poetica: Cold Showers & Restless Sheets:  The Poetry School presents a five-session, fortnightly course on writing poetry about writing poetry, led by Sam Buchan-Watts, and inspired by poets like Nuar Alsadir, Veronica Forrest-Thompson and Wallace Stevens. Via Zoom. £109, booking required.
Thu 6 May – Wed 30 June. Hybrid Writing: Unbox Your Words:  London Lit Lab presents an eight-week course on hybrid writing forms, led by Tania Hershman. £205, booking required.
Thu 6 May, 6pm. Lockdown Poetry Group Deaf Awareness Week: Raymond Antrobus:  Hackney Libraries presents a workshop on the poetry of Raymond Antrobus. Free, registration required.
Fri 7 May, 6pm. Poetry against Colonialism:  Birkbeck, University of London presents readings and discussion about how poetry can address colonialism, featuring Keith Jarrett, Nick Makoha, Miriam Nash and Laila Sumpton. Free, registration required.
Sat 8 May, 10am-9pm. Back to the Future:  Tears in the Fence presents a conference featuring talks, readings and discussion with Richard Foreman, Sarah Watkinson, Lesley Harrison, Thomas A Clark, Andrew Henon, Lucy Ingrams, Caleb Parkin, Jess Mookherjee, Sophie Herxheimer, Morag Kiziewicz, Mandy Haggith, Alice Willitts, Claire Collison and David Caddy, plus videos curated by Joanna Nissel and Andrew Henon. Booking required, £15 recommended donation (with a limited number of bursary places available for those in need).
Sat 8 May, 6.30pm. Out Else – Mayday Book Launch:  Out Else presents a launch event for Coronavirus Haiku, a collection of poems from Mark Nowak’s Worker Writers School in New York. Free.
Mon 10 May – Mon 14 June. Poetry Dinner Party: The Old and the New:  The Poetry School presents a five-week studio course on writing poems inspired by putting canonical poets into dialogue with contemporary ones, led by Phoebe Power. £100, booking required.
Tue 11 May, 7pm-9pm, then at the same time on Tue 1 June, Tue 22 June and Tue 13 July. Integrated Circuits: Creating Digital Poetry:  The Poetry School presents a four-session, ten-week course on the literary and software skills for creating digital poetry, led by Maya Choudhury. £109, booking required.
Wed 12 May – Wed 21 July. Transreading Ukrainian poetry: ‘a crimson bush amidst silence’:  The Poetry School presents a five-session, fortnightly course on writing poetry inspired by Ukrainian poets, led by Steve Komarnyckyj. £109, booking required.
Thu 13 May – Thu 22 July. Lyric Poetry & Poetic Lyrics:  The Poetry School presents a five-session, fortnightly course on writing poetry that responds to song lyrics, led by Lily Blacksell and inspired by poets like Kayo Chingonyi, Kamau Brathwaite and Will Burns. £109, booking required.
Thu 13 May, 7pm. Poetry And – Obsidian Foundation:  King’s College London presents readings by alumni from the Obsidian Foundation’s retreat for Black poets of African descent, featuring Ariana Benson, Zakia Carpenter-Hall, Saddiq Dzukogi and Nick Makoha. Free, registration required.
Sat 15 and Sun 16 May, 2pm-5pm each day. Surrey Poetry Festival 2021:  The University of Surrey presents this year’s Surrey Poetry Festival, featuring readings by Daniel Owusu, Will Rowe, Verity Spott, Emilia Weber, Ollie Evans, Janani Ambikapathy, Helen Dimos, Tom Betteridge, Nisha Ramayya, Enaiê M Schlögel De Azambuja, Alison Cooper, Sharron Green, Susan Moberly, Lara Poulaki, Richenda Power and Geneviève Grant-Thompson. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Wed 19 May, 7.30pm-9pm. Avant-Garde Study Group: The Avant-Garde Study Group at Birkbeck, University of London presents a study group on artist Kazimir Malevich, led by poet Mischa Foster Poole. Via Collaborate. Free, registration required.
Thu 20 and Thu 27 May, 6.30pm-8pm each night. PTC Online Workshops: Nigerian Igbo Poet Amarachi Attamah: The Poetry Translation Centre and Aké Arts and Books Festival present a two-session workshop on translating Nigerian Igbo poet Amarachi Attamah, led by Joseph Ike and Miriam Nash. No knowledge of Igbo required. Via Zoom. Booking required, pay what you can.
Thu 20 May, 6pm. Cities Imaginaries Lecture 2021: The Urban Laboratory at University College London presents a lecture by poet Roger Robinson on resistance to gentrification in Brixton. Free, registation required.
Thu 20 May, 7pm-9pm, then at the same time fortnightly until Thu 15 July. Soundscapes: The Poetry School presents a five-session, fortnightly course on creating the sonic landscape of a poem, led by Becky Varley-Winter and inspired by poets like Denise Riley, Diane di Prima and Kurt Schwitters. Via Zoom. £95, booking required.
Thu 20 May, 7pm. Safe Reading Series II: The Centre for Poetry and Poetics at the University of Sheffield presents readings by London’s Ulli Freer and Tim Atkins, plus Carrie Etter and Allen Fisher. Access details TBA.
Sat 22 May, 8pm BST. Poetry – Speaking to and Speaking with Raymond Antrobus: Twenty Summers, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, presents discussion with London’s Raymond Antrobus.
Tue 25 May, 7.30pm. Philip Terry on Oulipo, France’s Longest Lasting Literary Group: The Last Tuesday Society welcomes poet Philip Terry for a talk about the literary movement OuLiPo. Booking required, donations welcome.
Wed 26 May – Wed 23 June. Libations: Exploring the Inner Spring: The Poetry School presents a four-week studio course on writing poetry that reaffirms bonds with the surrounding world, led by Belinda Zhawi and inspired by poets like Sonia Sanchez, Gcina Mhlophe and Youssef Komunyakaa. £79, booking required.
Wed 26 May, 7pm. Talkin Meh Talk: My Words Set Me Free: London Metropolitan Archives presents performances and discussion of nation language creativity as evidenced through the sound archives of publishers Jessica and Eric Huntley. Featuring poets Mutabaruka, Kadija Sesay, Cyndi Celeste and Isis Amlak, plus rapper Alim Kamara. Free, registration required.
Tue 8 June, 7.30pm. The Archaeology of British Surrealism: The Last Tuesday Society welcomes David Haycock for a lecture on antecedents of Surrealist literature and art in Britian. Via Zoom. £4-£11.04, booking required.
Sat 12 June and Sat 3 July, 10.30am-1pm each day. Caledonia Dreamin’: Exploring Scotland’s Poetry: The Poetry School presents a two-session workshop on writing poems inspired by Scottish poets like Hugh MacDiarmidh, Margaret Tait and Edwin Morgan, led by Richard Price. Via Zoom. £75, booking required.
Sun 13 and Mon 14 June, times TBA. Spontaneous Combustion: Slant Events presents two evenings of poetry performances exploring improvisation. A call for proposals is open until Sun 2 May, 5pm.
Wed 16 June, 7.30pm-9pm. Avant-Garde Study Group: The Avant-Garde Study Group at Birkbeck, University of London presents a study group on ‘Tom Raworth in/against Translation’, led by poet Daniel Eltringham. Via Collaborate. Free, registration required.
Sat 19 June, 10.30am-4.30pm. ‘The Owls Are Not What They Seem’: Writing Poems Inspired by Twin Peaks: The Poetry School presents a workshop on writing poems inspired by the TV show Twin Peaks, led by Chrissy Williams. Via Zoom. £75, booking required.
Wed 23 June, 6.30pm-8pm. Textual Topographies: Weaving Journeys, Research, and Memories: Spread the Word presents a workshop on writing nature poetry, led by Nina Mingya Powles and Jessica J Lee. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Sat 26 and Sun 27 June, times TBC. “Dreaming into Reality” International Conference: The London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research presents a conference about legacies of the surrealist movement in writing, art and media. See the link for how to propose a paper (deadline Fri 30 April). £90, booking required.
Fri 9 July, time TBC. Charlotte Mew and Friends: Decadent and Modernist Networks: A symposium on London modernist poet Charlotte Mew, featuring a keynote address by literary scholar Joseph Bristow.
Sun 18 July, 8pm. A Dark Muse – Writers & The Occult: The Last Tuesday Society welcomes Gary Lachman for a lecture on how the occult has influenced writers, including modernist poets like Fernando Pessoa. Via Zoom. £11.04/£5.82, booking required.
Mon 4 October, 7.30pm. Surrealism and Crime: The Last Tuesday Society welcomes Jonathan P Eburne for a lecture on the influence of crime on Surrealist literature and art. Via Zoom. £4-£11.04, booking required.
Wed 3 November, 7pm. Annual Lecture Series 2021: m nourbeSe philip: The Poetry Society presents a lecture by poet m nourbeSe philip, plus a reading and Q&A. Via Zoom. Free, registration required.
Mon 7 November, 7pm. The Magical Mind of Ithell Colquhoun, Surrealist & Occultist: The Last Tuesday Society welcomes Amy Hale for a lecture on Surrealist poet, artist and occultist Ithell Colquhoun. Via Zoom. £4.77-£10.00, booking required.

Entropy magazine and Newcity Lit are curating listings and links for US-based online literary events, all available globally (if listening from the UK, remember there will be a time difference). Trafika Europe Radio is carrying events from around Europe.

In-person events

Before travelling to any of these events, please check the organisers’ websites to verify that the event has not been cancelled, postponed or altered due to ongoing developments during the pandemic; and that you are fully informed of any COVID-19 safety rules enforced at the venue.

Until Sat 15 May, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm. Idris Khan: The Seasons Turn: Exhibition of textual works by artist Idris Khan. Victoria Miro Gallery, 16 Wharf Road, Hoxton N1 7RW. Free, booking required.
Mon 19 April – Sun 2 May, Mon-Fri 10.30am-2.30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm. A History of Unnecessary Developments: A collaborative exhibition by poet SJ Fowler and artist Tereza Stehlikova, exploring the geography of industrial West London. The Willesden Gallery, 95 High Road, Willesden NW10 2SF. Free.
Wed 19 May – Sat 10 July, times TBA. Syncopes: Exhibition featuring textual art by Himali Singh Soin and Qian Qian, plus more art by Mira Calix, Chooc Ly Tan, Lala Rukh and Ruth Beraha. Mimosa House, 47 Theobalds Road, Holborn WC1X 8SP. Booking required but not yet open.
Wed 19 May – Sun 12 December, Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. Phantoms of Surrealism: Exhibition of art and archive material by women and non-binary Surrealist artists who worked in Britain, including artist-poets like Claude Cahun and Ithell Colquhoun. Whitechapel Gallery, 77 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel E1 7QX. Free, booking required.
Thu 20 May – Sun 27 June, Tue-Sun 12pm-6pm; Preview Day Thu 20 May 12pm-8pm. Ants and Grasshoppers: Reflections on the Anxious Object: Exhibition featuring pieces by textual artists Pavel Büchler and Eva Kot’átková, plus more work by Sarah Lucas, and a recording of John Cage’s vocal composition Roaratorio. Flat Time House, 210 Bellenden Road, Peckham SE15 4BW. Free.
Wed 16 June – Sat 24 July, times TBA. Under Milk Wood: Lyndsey Turner directs a stage version of poet Dylan Thomas’ radio play, starring Michael Sheen, Karl Johnson and Siân Phillips. Captioned matinees on Sat 10 and Thu 22 July; audio-described matinees (with pre-show touch tours) on Thu 8 and Sat 17 July. National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, Southwark SE1 9PX. £20-£89, booking required; booking opens Fri 30 April, 12pm.
Thu 24 June, time TBA. European Poetry Festival 2021 Opening Event: Writers’ Kingston hosts poets from throughout Europe, plus the launch of new publications. Venue TBA, presumably in the London Borough of Kingston. Booking details TBA.
Sat 26 June, time TBA. The European Camarade: Collaborative performances by pairs of poets from throughout Europe. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Venue TBA. Booking details TBA.
Sun 27 June, time TBA. Swiss Poetry in Collaboration: Swiss poets collaborate with British-based counterparts. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Venue TBA. Booking details TBA.
Wed 30 June, time TBA. European Poetry Festival at National Poetry Library: A celebration of European concrete poetry. Part of the European Poetry Festival. National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX. Booking details TBA.
Thu 1 July, time TBA. Austrian Poetry in Collaboration: Austrian poets collaborate with British-based counterparts. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge SW7 1PQ. Booking details TBA.
Sat 3 July, time TBA. Latvian Poetry in Collaboration: Latvian poets collaborate with British-based counterparts. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA. Booking details TBA.
Mon 5 July, time TBA. Polish Poetry in Collaboration: Polish poets collaborate with British-based counterparts. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Venue TBA. Booking details TBA.
Tue 6 July, time TBA. Norwegian Poetry in Collaboration: Norwegian poets collaborate with British-based counterparts. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Venue TBA. Booking details TBA.
Wed 7 July, time TBA. Scottish and Irish Poetry in Collaboration: Scottish and Irish poets collaborate with England-based counterparts. Part of the European Poetry Festival. Venue TBA. Booking details TBA.
Fri 17 September – Sun 12 December, Wed-Sun 12pm-6pm. Eugenio Dittborn: Airmail Paintings: Exhibition of mail art by Chilean textual artist Eugenio Dittborn. Goldsmiths CCA, St James’, New Cross SE14 6AD. Free, booking required.

Ongoing online provision

  • 3am Magazine is running a series of features on writers in lockdown.
  • The 87 Press is selling premium bundles of its excellent books to crowdfund future publishing endeavours.
  • AfterFM, a Colorado radio station, has a recording of London-based poet Khaled Hakim’s radio art piece Re-membering Brakhage.
  • All Saints Sessions, Cheryl Moskowitz and Alastair Gavin’s music and poetry events are taking place online for the duration of the emergency; those performed so far are archived.
  • Almanac Gallery is hosting companions, a series of podcast poetry readings where poets read their own work alongside that of authors who have influenced them.
  • Amy Cutler, a London-based poet and multimedia artist, has a website featuring recent projects like Pilots, Ludchurch Channel and Pendle Carousel.
  • Archive of the Now, maintained by Queen Mary University of London, contains a vast array of recordings by innovative poets from the UK and beyond.
  • Art19 has a recording of artists and writers performing a group reading of poet M NourbeSe Philip’s essay Caribana for the South London Gallery.
  • Asia House has podcasts on Asian art and literature, including one by experimental calligrapher eL Seed.
  • Banner Repeater gallery has a free download of Deeper in the Pyramid, an interdisciplinary collaboration between artist Melanie Jackson and writer Esther Leslie.
  • Becoming is a series of ecologically-themed radio essays by poet Camilla Nelson, including work by other poets.
  • Birkbeck, University of London, as part of its Arts Weeks 2020 festival, has writing and recorded readings by poets like Anthony Joseph, Golnoosh Nour, Keith Jarrett, Steve Willey, Matt Bates, Megan Massey and Dana Alice Niamh.
  • Book Works, an avant-garde publisher, is updating its Vimeo channel with videos of performances by its stable of writers and artists.
  • The British Film Institute has poet Caleb Femi’s short science fiction film Survivors’ Guilt available to watch for free.
  • The British Library is maintaining access to its online collections, including recordings of many poets and writers.
  • Burley Fisher Books is running an ‘Isolation Station’ with podcasts featuring favourite authors.
  • Cabinet Gallery is posting recordings and texts from its roster of innovative artists and writers.
  • Café OTO has recordings of avant-garde musical performances that were live-streamed during lockdown; some of these cross over into sound poetry.
  • Camden Arts Centre is live-streaming and archiving its events, including its Public Knowledge series of readings and talks, it also hosts the What’s Love Got To Do With It sequence of poetry podcasts here.
  • Care(free) is a prose-poem performance by Alinah Azideh.
  • The Children, a band consisting of musician Armorel Weston and the late poet John Gibbens, have a YouTube channel that includes recent uploads.
  • Chisenhale Gallery has recordings of readings by the Octavia Poetry Collective.
  • Coronet Inside Out, maintained by the Coronet Theatre in Notting Hill, has videos of performers including poet Yang Lian.
  • Dead [Women’s] Poets Society is running online projects, including a ‘[Virtual] Séance’ featuring videos of readings from the work of dead women poets, plus new writing in tribute to poetic ancestors.
  • The Digital Archive of Artists Publishing is a an interactive, user-driven, searchable database of artists’ books and publications.
  • Echolot Podcast features conversations with and about artists and writers, including London-based artist and poet Liliane Lijn.
  • English PEN hosts its PEN Transmissions series of articles and interviews from international authors. They have also started a letter-writing campaign in support of poet Amanuel Asrat, who is imprisoned without charge or trial in Eritrea.
  • Estorick Collection has videos documenting its exhibition by Futurist painter and poet Tullio Crali, plus a resource on creating Futurist poetry at home.
  • European Poetry Festival presents video-poems by and documentaries about poets from throughout Europe, in place of its 2020 festival.
  • eye-blink (1) is a suite of Harry Gilonis’ radical translations of Chinese poetry, set to music by composer Richard Barrett.
  • The Feminist Library has podcasts including a discussion of textual and visual performance scores.
  • Fermynwoods Contemporary Art presents Triple Harvest, a group of experimental films about Corby in Northamptonshire, including work by London poet Amy Cutler.
  • fowlerpoetry is SJ Fowler’s YouTube channel, hosting a huge range of recordings from poetry event series he has curated, including Maintenant, Camarade, Poem Brut, Illuminations, the European Poetry Festival and the Nordic Poetry Festival, plus his film-poems.
  • The George Padmore Institute has a film about its New Cross Massacre Action Committee archive collection, featuring contributions from poets Linton Kwesi Johnson and Jay Bernard.
  • Goldsmiths CCA is hosting videos and sound works by artists from a range of disciplines, including poets like Kashif Sharma-Patel and Caleb Femi.
  • Goldsmiths, University of London has the freely downloadable book Inspire: Exciting Ways to Teach Creative Writing.
  • Guillemot Press presents Eel Fest 2020, with recordings of readings from their eel-themed anthology The Creel, including performances by London poets.
  • The Hayward Gallery has a poetry podcast by Holly Corfield Carr in response to the exhibition Among the Trees.
  • The Hellenic Centre has videos of lectures on Greek Writers in English.
  • The Horse Hospital, a long-running London venue for poetry and other arts events, now threatened with closure, is seeking ephemera and documentation for an archive of its work (link leads to a GoogleDoc form).
  • The Hythe, online journal of The 87 Press, is presenting Digital Poetics, a weekly series of poetry and prose.
  • I Know That Is Poetry, hosted by Corrupted Poetry, is a series of videos where poets discuss how they recognise and experience poetry.
  • The ICA is hosting new audio and video works, including a piece by poet Belinda Zhawi.
  • Instituto Cervantes has podcasts and videos about Spanish-language poetry.
  • Laure Genillard Gallery‘s Vimeo channel has recordings of past events, including performances of texts by or about experimental writers.
  • Libreria, a Shoreditch bookshop, has podcasts by or about experimental writers (Spotify account required).
  • Lisson Gallery has a video tour of its exhibition of concrete poetry by Dom Sylvester Houédard, presented by curator Nicola Simpson.
  • The Live Art Development Agency is compiling information and resources to support artists and art workers hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • London Buddhist Centre has videos of readings from its Poetry East event series, featuring writers like Kei Miller and Jorie Graham.
  • London Review Bookshop has podcasts of its last decade of live events, including many poetry readings.
  • Modern Poetry In Translation has an issue of Chogwa zine, featuring translations of Korean poetry.
  • Murmur, a Manchester-based reading series, has recordings of its readings, including many innovative poets from London.
  • The National Poetry Library has online archives of poetry, including audio recordings of past events. The future of this brilliant resource is currently in doubt – see here for further information and a petition.
  • nova, a French radio station, is hosting poet Anthony Joseph’s playlist of ‘Music for Healing’.
  • October Gallery has a virtual viewing room of art by experimental writer William S Burroughs.
  • Ordet gallery in Milan hosts the Johannes series of podcasts, including a discussion with London-based artist and poet Liliane Lijn.
  • Owl Call Radio is Katherine E Bash’s newly established website of poetic sound collages.
  • Pamenar Press regularly posts exciting poetry in its online magazine.
  • PEER gallery is crowdfunding for an anthology of poems edited by poet Stephen Watts translated from the many languages spoken in the London Borough of Hackney.
  • Permeable Barrier, an online journal of multimedia poetry, features an abundance of innovative work.
  • The Photographers’ Gallery has an essay by SJ Fowler on poetry and photography.
  • Poet’s Poem is a podcast where Mischa Foster Poole speaks to poets about poems that they like.
  • The Poetry Translation Centre has an archive of podcasts, featuring poems read in their original languages and in English translation.
  • Pushkin House, London’s Russian cultural centre, has a blog with essays about Russian poets, plus a playlist of music inspired by the poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva.
  • The Read Sea is an ongoing comic strip project by poet Michael John Weller.
  • Resonance FM, London’s avant-garde radio station, boasts a number of literary programmes, plus several shows that blur boundaries between poetry and experimental music.
  • The Royal Drawing School is blogging art activities to try at home, plus opportunities to share the results online; notably, there is an ‘Image & Text’ activity proposed by poet and artist Sophie Herxheimer.
  • Salvage magazine has an interview with poet Nisha Ramayya.
  • Say Your Peace: Three Recipes for Self-Care is a film hosted by the BBC and created by poets Theresa Lola, Caleb Femi and Momtaza Mehri.
  • Serpentine Galleries are presenting a series of podcasts featuring artists, thinkers and writers, including poets. There is also an essay by Allison Parish, about digitally mediated poetry, a ‘Cracks in the Curriculum’ schools resource by the Octavia Poetry Collective, and Himali Singh Soin’s multimedia project Static Range (includes flashing images).
  • somecoolwords is a new website for the visual poetry of Michał Kamil Piotrowski.
  • Spread the Word has freely downloadable course materials from a course on Poetry and Place in the London Borough of Lewisham, devised by poet Jamie Hale.
  • Tangerine Press has a recording of a show it hosted for Soho Radio, featuring poets and writers like William Wantling, Iain Sinclair, William S Burroughs and Meena Kandasamy.
  • Treadwell’s Bookshop has podcasts on occult matters, including discussion of occult-influenced, modern poets like Ithell Colquhoun.
  • Turf Projects, a Croydon art gallery, presents a creative writing resource by Taylor Le Melle, ‘Learn to Mis-Use English Grammar’, plus a resource by Louisa Bailey on artist self-publishing.
  • The Ukrainian Institute has recordings of live and online events about Ukrainian culture, including Ukrainian poetry.
  • The Vortex Jazz Club, home of the Words & Jazz reading series, has a crowdfunder to help the venue survive hardships resulting from the pandemic.
  • Walthamstow Garden Party in the Air is an online incarnation of the annual Walthamstow Garden Party, and includes Airlooms, a work by artist Rezia Wahid and poet Khaled Hakim.
  • The Wellcome Collection presents a series of articles by poet Jamie Hale, concerning disabled people’s experiences of art, activism and access.
  • The White Review has recordings of, interviews with and reviews of interesting poets.
  • The Whitechapel Gallery has texts by writer-in-residence Himali Singh Soin, and an essay by poet Anne Boyer about COVID-19.
  • Writers’ Kingston at Kingston University presents film-poems by poets who would have participated in the university’s live events this year.
  • The Young Poets Network has advice on embarking on poetic collaborations.