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 . . .


Friday, 25 August 2006

Germany ConVerses: Our Second Poetry Podcast

Hurray! it only took us three days of editing 40 hours of audio. In this podcast you can hear interviews with poets and novelists Jan Wagner, Martin Jankowski, Andreas Schendel, Eric Piltz, Slam poet Roman, as well as a few words from bookstore owner Dave of Books in Berlin (at a Bordercrossing Berlin - The English Language Literary Magazine - reading), plus music by Berlin based musicians Dennis and Ichier, the sounds of the cities we visited in Germany including the bells of Dresden & Berlin, an organ grinder on the streets of Dresden and much more!

Germany ConVerses . . . is ready and listenable here!

You can play the podcast directly from the flash player below . . .

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Or click our Podcast badge below to go direct to the feed where you can see more details of its content and access our previous podcast, Holland ConVerses, too

My Odeo Podcast

With the help of our super-lovely-talented-good-looking-does -not-have-a-girlfriend-but-he-should-cousin Jim we have also designed the first in our ELSHOTM product design series, Every Librarian Should Have One. Take a look at our first product off the conveyor belt . . . and in our poetry shop ASAP. When we get a poetry shop that is. Hah.

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