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 . . .


Saturday, 3 June 2006

Poezie en muziekfestival Vurige Tongen

So we’ve arrived in Amsterdam, and are about to head off to Vurige Tongen in Ruigoord ready for the poetry performances tomorrow evening. You can tune into Radio Ruigoord and hear everything broadcast by going to the Ruigoord site. You need to type into their search box the word 'radio' and then click on the link in the list of links which says
"Radio Ruigoord (/radio.html)". We’ve already started our poet interviews, and bagged Georgia Scott (a US poet based in Poland). She’s the author of the collections The Good Wife (published by Poetry Salzburg 2001: 2nd ed.2002) and The Penny Bride (Poetry Salzburg 2004) and we’ll be gathering interviews with the poets at the festival, ready to upload our first poetry podcast next week! Hurray!

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