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, 3 August 2006

The Sounds of Europe II . . .

. . . just before we whack up our next podcast, we thought you might like a best of collection, or cacophony or might that be concatenation, whatever, of the sounds of the cities our travelling librarian has been to with her library and recorder. So here you go, the sounds of Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Munich, Paris and Barcelona coming up . . .


A Dutch mic test

Erwin the Antistress Poet’s Belgian Baby at Ruigoord Poetry Festival, Amsterdam

Dutch frogs get mighty hot in a pond at Ruigoord poetry festival


A German kettle on a stove in Berlin

Brazil vs. Croatia match, a crowd in a park go wild

Swedish football fans on a nightbus in Berlin

A Track by Berlin musician Dennis

A Track by Berlin musician Ichier


Windy Dresden

The bells of Dresden ring out


A Czech train

A Czech train announcer


The Sound of an Austrian ‘ooh’

Accordion in the Vienna Naschmarkt


An accordion player underground in the Budapest metro

A Budapest train announcement

Water and wind and a starry, starry, night at Lake Balaton

How an Hungarian bird talks to an Hungarian cat

An Hungarian train passes through

How to confuse Michael Palin at a fashion show in Budapest by talking about poetry . . .

Budapest rain


Munich Thunders

Munich goes Brazil!

Street violin

Street violin II


Paris Thunders


A Portuguese band play in a Barcelona street

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