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, 11 August 2006

Wow we are in a tent yurt . . .

. . . yes. An hour or so ago we left Amsterdam on the bus and made our way with one poetry library in a rucksack and a laptop with our MP3 audio files on our back. And here we are. In the Radio Ruigoord tent, live on the internet . . . and about to go LIVE on air as well as internet radio with our poetry and music show. Tune in to our show here. It is really is here. We just checked. I think we are about to go on air in about 10 minutes (Dutch time 6pm that would make it)

DJ Babybarb in action on her laptop in the Radio Ruigoord tent right now!

The Radio Ruigoord mixing desk

The Radio Ruigoord tent

Our sign . . .

Landjuweel festival itself, taken from the side of the radio tent on August 10th 6pm

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