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, 15 June 2006

Aaah. The delightful sound of Swedish football fans on the night bus home in Berlin.

Well, another day at the British Council. Three whole new members to add to The Poetry Cubicle Library. A veritable feast of a meeting with poet Maroula Blades who is also going to show us the sights (poetic and otherwise - thanks Maroula!) and then the night bus home to Amrumer Str. With a bus load of Swedish fans. Who were awfully excited, despite the fact that their team aren’t playing for another 12 hours or so. Testosterone eh? As always, our trusty librarian had her digital voice recorder on her, so she could catch their dulcet tones. Take it away boys . . .

Swedish fans. Rather vocal huh?

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