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 . . .


Monday, 12 June 2006

We install ourselves . . .

We are installed in the British Council Library RIGHT NOW with two tables displaying our poetry books, plus we have hung our washing line of poems up also. Come along and join the library and we will stamp your library card to validate it and give you a copy of our Bye Bye Laws which you are bound by when you become a member of our library. We are here all week (12noon until 6pm, June 12th - June 16th) and we may even read a poem to you if you are nice. Plus don’t forget, you can TEXT the following number (text charged at your local network rate) and we will send you a FREE TEXT back telling you where our Poetry Librarian is installed RIGHT NOW so you can turn up, join the library and begin to borrow our poetry books and poems! Poetry Goes Technological! Huzzah! TEXT the word POETRY to +447797805300

We are installed

in a poetry library kinda way

. . . and we like it . . .

We must encourage Young People to witter

. . . or just take tea with us

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