The Itinerant Poetry Library

Since May 2006, The Itinerant Poetry Librarian has been travelling the world with a library of ‘Lost & Forgotten’ poetry, installing the library & librarian and archiving the sounds, poems and poetry of the cities, peoples and countries she meets. Welcome to the project's blog . . . Our Itinerant Poetry Librarian lives wherever her library is - come join the cause!

FAQs: • Yes we carry our entire life and the library with us as we go • Yes, it is quite heavy • No, we're not mad. As Charles Simic said, 'But what if poets are not crazy?' That's the spirit boyo!

We exist to: remind people of the importance of free public libraries...subvert mainstream channels of distribution...remind people that access to knowledge should be free and not dependent upon economic wealth hierarchies... show people that poetry/art can provide answers to questions we ask of life...experiment in existing outside of 'the market' – thereby, instead, investing in social capital, social innovation and community.

We aim to make life taste better. Word.

Where have we been . . . ?

(2006) Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Munich, Paris, Barcelona, London, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Norwich, York, Antwerp, (2007-2008) San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Leipzig, (2009) Ulm, Chemnitz, Rotterdam, Huntingdon, Callander, (2010) Cork, St. Andrews . . . Where'd you like us to go? Can you help? Get in touch!

What We Are Up To Right Now . . .


Thursday, 27 July 2006

And while we are up . . .

We thought we’d just add a few pictures and the LOUD sound of the scary Parisian thunder storm that kicked out the day’s earlier heat about 3 hours ago. Man was that thing blazin’.

Paris Thunder

And then here are some pictures of us outside Shakespeare & co. yesterday...

Our membership now stands at one hundred and seventeen members, as we nabbed seven yesterday at Shakes plus we had the pleasure of interviewing and signing up to the library Ide Hintze while we were in Vienna. Ide is Director of the Vienna Poetry Academy as well as a poet in his own right, and we had an interesting conversation with him and his friend Peter Waugh (founder member of Labyrinth, the Association of English Language Poets in Vienna), which will feature in our Vienna podcast . . . Germany is due to be loaded asap as we have just about finished the sound editing!

In the meantime, here is Ide joining the Poetry Cubicle Library in Vienna AND donating his book and CD

And yes, we really are in Paris . . .

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