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 . . .


Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Where's The Library in Vancouver 2.0 ?

A Vancouver citizen suffers from

The public service strike is still on . . .
so Vancouver Public Libraries are still closed.

The Itinerant Poetry Librarian To The Rescue!

More library venues just in chickadees!

As well as:

Spartacus Books from Wednesday (22nd) through Friday (24th) this week, 10am - 6pm

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we've also just scored

The Regional Assembly of Text, a gallery, shop, event, workshop space all geared to producing, distributing and celebrating...the word! Huzzah! They are celebrating their second birthday on Saturday, so we're proud to present . . . The Itinerant Poetry Librarian In The Window Display! We'll be staring out the pavement hordes and daring them to come in and sign up to the library from 1pm - 6pm on Saturday 25th August, so come along and Join Before We Travel On!™

Our plan is to also then join the entertainment fun, and provide a library service for the party celebrations taking place round the back. So, expect more library mayhem from 6pm onwards if you've an invite!

The Regional Assembly of Text is at 3934 Main Street, Vancouver BC V5V 3P2, Canada yup. Here's a map:

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This means we've jumped to The Gaff Gallery courtesy of the great Gabriel on Tuesday August 28th from 1pm - 7pm

Here's a map for them too:

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Meanwhile, we're waiting to hear back from 6 Acres who may have us on Wednesday 29th August...stay tuned for details, and in the meantime, don't forget we can come to you: need a library on Sunday (26) or Monday (27) or possibly Wednesday (29)? Just email us to ask if our Librarian can come to you! We look forward to signing you up!

Meanwhile, in-between locating venues, our intrepid Librarian walked the sights of the city and this is what she found:


More Power

The kinda milk we lika da drink!

We walked round aboot

And more aboot

And even more aboot (it was a long library locatin' kinda day)

Caught this cool graffiti

Oh yeah. And the day we arrived, we got on a bus, which then 'hit' a bentley. Or at least nearly. So then we had to get off the bus. And find another one.

Blimey. Public Service strikes, Bentley bashes, awesome art galleries: There's some vacillation going on in Vancouver, thatsawhattawesay.

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