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, 11 August 2007

Poetry Librarian Radio

We've been reliably informed that the first in our new series of Poetry & Music radio shows for the frisky, fun, full-time licensed (yeah!) Norwich Community Radio Station: Future Radio, should kick off this Sunday. Tune in to hear poetry from Andrea Porter, music from Charlotte Morris and T-Bone Steak plus our special features which include: 'Sounds of the City': a sonic collage of the sounds of cities from around the world; 'Excerpts from the Archive': exclusive world premier radio broadcasts of original archive recordings of poets courtesy of the San Francisco based Poetry Center & American Poetry Archive (including the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, Sylvia Plath and many more); plus the latest literature & library news from the Norwich/Norfolk region and beyond! Hurray!

Our first show kicks off Sunday 12th August 4-5pm GMT (that's 8am PST we reckon). . .

Tune in on the FM if you're in the area: 96.9 FM (Norwich, UK)

Or listen live on the internet at: Future Radio (and click the 'listen live' button)

We think, in fact, that clicking on this direct link here will persuade your Itunes to open that baby up!


Word. To your mother. Innit. Librarian to the mixing desk please. over & out.

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