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 . . .


Wednesday, 5 July 2006

Can You Help? . . . the Couchsurfing site has died!

Hmmm. Yeees. Interesting. So, if you’ve been following our travels, you may have noted that we have been getting around by Couchsurfing, a wonderful site that has enabled us to find a bed for our travelling librarian and her poetry library. Guess what? The site has died. It died this week, which means it not only lost our profile, but it lost ALL the data stored about us, who we had contacted to couchsurf, and it also means that from now on we cannot couchsurf anymore . . . aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh. So, Can You Help Us Find a Bed? We need only one space, it can be a floor, a couch, a bed, any flat surface whatsoever as long as there is a roof involved. We need this for the following places and dates: PARIS from night of Saturday 22nd July through to the day of Friday 28th July; BARCELONA from night of Sunday 30th July through to the day of Friday 11th August; MADRID from night of Friday 11th August through to the day of Saturday 19th August. We can promise you a private poetry library installation in your own home if you can help us out! Post a message on this site in the comments sidebar (which has dropped to the bottom left of this page as we have messed up our blog code again - hey, any coders reading this? Can you tell us where we html-d wrong?). This gets emailed to us direct also, as well as appearing as a comment...right. After that swift appeal for help, we had better leg it over to Cafe Wuk to install the library for day2 in Vienna. Byeeeeeeee.

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