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, 22 September 2006

Prague ConVerses: Our Third Poetry Podcast

Wow. Despite the machinations of Newcastle Public Libraries, which currently include: the main Public Library being closed until 2009; printing facilities being out of order at the one place I was able to find a free computer; a public computer which logs you off indiscriminately every 15 minutes . . . so, despite this, oh, and a stolen bicycle, let’s just throw that l’il curveball in their - thanks Newcastle - despite, in spite, whatever RIGHT we decided to have no more . . . and have promptly somehow persuaded this damn terminal to let us upload our third poetry podcast: Prague ConVerses. Hurray! Something nice! Yay! The podcast includes music from the Nuclear Bunker session in Prague, featuring Mark (The Earl of Rank), Bubu, The Duchess, some Flamenco and a belly dancer, our attempts at tracking down invisible Czech poets, a Slovenian poet, and music from the Czech band Bran plus much more. So tune in now innit!

powered by PRAGUE POETRY or very slowly by Eric on crutches . . . take your pick

Prague ConVerses

And in the meantime, we get Back To Basics . . .

Where we sometimes are

Where we try to be a lot: BED



We are British after all

One new member for Newcastle bumps up our total. However, Newcastle, you are currently not allowed any more

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