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, 20 October 2006

Appreciate The Art . . .

So. Our last day of poetry library installation at Norwich Fringe Festival saw us stack up another five members, two of whom, it has to be said, required a full explanation of what exactly the terms ‘free’, ‘poetry’ and ‘library’ meant, alongside the actual physical demonstration of how to borrow books in the ‘present moment’ (our librarian mimed taking, reading and placing back on the trolley a poetic title), which we thought was a bit much considering we were actually installed at an Art Exhibition innit, and thus it might not be a thought too far to realise that something slightly up, out and away of the usual might be taking place on the factory floor. Nevermind. Our librarian persisted, and these two members, once convinced of the merits of library membership in fact borrowed three items between them for several hours, whilst milling around the factory checking out the art. What did they borrow . . . ? One of the current favourites, Ho Chi Minh’s ‘Prison Diary’ was on their list, alongside ‘Poetry 1972’ which was favoured for the Ted Hughes and Philip Larkin poems it contained. All in a day’s recommendation. Job done! Five members also means . . . that Norwich slides into joint first position in the library membership stakes, alongside previous reigning champs Budapest, both with 34 fully carded-up new library members, with Prague stealing up the rear with a qaurterbacktastic 28. Maaarvellous. Meanwhile, back at the Factory, we also enjoyed some ART . . .

‘Indian Runner I, II and III (marble and resin)’ by Ann Richardson

‘Bronze work’ by Jen Fox

‘Sculpture’ by Helen Breach

‘Peoplescape’ by Chris Wade

‘Found Objects’ by James Epps

‘Thongs’ by Lena Ollmark and Marion Lindsay

We enter Thongworld . . .

‘Woman, man, why? Because it is a fish made from bicycles’ by Nick Ball

‘MOVE COUNTER MOVE ZUG UM ZUG’ by Jo Hincks and Susan Putnam Villers

‘ Portrait of Shirley’ by Keith Fox

‘Sculptures in wood’ by Sarah Caputo

‘Control Alt Delete’ by Papa 41

‘Digitally printed canvas’ by Richard Baker

‘Textile installation’ by Nnenna Anisiobi

‘Sticks and Stones’ by Rachel Greenwood

‘Cast (mixed media)’ by Andrew Campbell

‘Pomegranate’ Group Show

‘Slip (mixed media and cold cast marble)’ by Louise Richardson

‘Tide (mixed media)’ by Andrew Campbell

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