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 . . .


Tuesday, 15 August 2006

A one way ticket to the UK for tomorrow please. Thanks.

So folks, the London library installation is on. Go go go!

An excerpt from our onsite report for Radio Ruigoord at Landjuweel on August 13th

A poet reading on Friday night (11th August) in the Dichter tent

It’s that shiny suit trio we loved so much playing Teenage Dirtbag in the middle of a field in Holland!

This band rocked. We will try and find their audio we recorded at Landjuweel too

The noises we recorded coming from this tent sounded interesting also!

These Dutch people eh? A sense of humour in all weathers

And as we promised back in our Barcelona post, now that we have a more stable environment (i.e. not in a tent in a field in Holland somewhere - though we are still somewhere in Holland we might add) here are the pictures from our installation of the library at Hibernian books . . . in Barcelona. Last week. Wow. It seems like last year after all the Ruigoord radio, mud and mess. And with our additional Landjuweel new library members, it seems our current Library Membership total has now risen to. . . tan tan ta raaah . . . where is the trumpet we recorded when we need it . . . 139. Can we make it to 140 fresh poetry souls? Very likely actually, since don’t forget, this week we are heading on over to The Poetry Society Cafe at 22 Betterton Street, London, where we will be installed, library, librarian, and likely a dash of mud, from 2pm onwards on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 16 - 18th August. Do join us. We think you’ll like it.

The librarian goes off duty for a spot of lunch

Librarian in situ at Hibernian books

Where we were at

Our library selection for the day

What have Hibernian got on their poetry shelf?

Two new library members share poetry. Ah

The owner of this haircut has left a comment on our blog re their library banishment. The haircut is still banned. They are our rules. But this does mean we can interpret them. So. Banned member in Barcelona, your haircut is banned. You are not. Feel free to make your way over to our upcoming London installation where your library membership is still valid

Ray from Hibernian books at work. Or playing solitaire

Can you tell we like signs?

And we post them everywhere we can*

* Fly-posting at Otradovice station, Prague

‘How to join a library’ - our Spanish sign

Don’t forget we have some good poetry to borrow

. . . that other libraries don’t want . . .

One donation to our library by Hungarian poet Kalman Farago when we visited Budapest. Luckily, for our librarian, not in hardback

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