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 . . .


Sunday, 6 August 2006

We back in business baby!

Alrighty. One bed. Check. One poetry library still intact after hefting over half of Barcelona to find said new bed. Check. Venues for installing poetry library. Check. Let’s go! So, first up our librarian will be donning her suit and whipping out her signs, washing line of poems and 30 new titles for ye Barcelona citizens at Elephant bookshop, Creu Dels Molers, 12, 08004 BCN (metro poble-sec), on Sunday August 6th from 2pm until 8pm. Then on Monday and Tuesday we will be at Hibernian bookshop, Carrer Montseny, 17, BCN (metro fontana), from 4pm until 8.30pm on Monday and from 10.30am until 2.30pm on Tuesday. Then we are legging it over back to Amsterdam by train (as we cannot fly as the rucksack full of poetry books is way toooooooooo heavy) to go and do a live radio show at Landjuweel Festival at the awesome Ruigoord site we were at back when we started this whole shebang at the beginning of June. You will be able to listen to our live feed from their site when we start on air from Wednesday or Thursday next week! Rock on people! In the meantime, here is a little Gaudi, a little audio, and a little graffiti to prove that as well as finding beds in 12 hours we also shift our ass when it comes to our other work. And just before we go we have to say a little word of thanks to Jillian who helped save our ass with the bed shenanigans yesterday, and while we are at it, Frank, who is letting us use his laptop right now to update our blog. Thanks dudes!

Gaudi’s Casa Batlla

We are really diggin’ the graffiti round here folks

Barcelona Street guitar

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