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, 23 August 2007

Where's The Library in Vancouver 3.0 ?

Another one just in and confirmed folks . . .

The Library & Itinerant Poetry Librarian will be stationed at the sleeky . . .

. . . Six Acres, on Wednesday 29th August from 6pm until the witching hour AKA midnight. Hustle on over to get your library card and partake in the only open public library in Vancouver! It's at 203 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2

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We'll also mention here, as we got so caught up in actual library installations in Seattle that we didn't get a chance to previously, that The Seattle Post Intelligencer newspaper put our Itinerant Poetry Librarian on the front page of their Arts Section as Seattle was so down with the Library programme. You can read their article here

Librarian in situ in Seattle
Image © Grant M. Haller / P-I

This also then meant the story hop-skip-jumped its way round the internewfangledelectronicwebthing so that at one point it was on the front page of Librarian and Information Science News. Our Librarian nearly fell off her chair in excitement . . . it was her library dream come true. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

Meanwhile, since we appear to be on the subject of press blah de blah, we notice that the hour and a half interview we participated in with Frank Moore

on his internet radio show Shaman's Den on Luver FM has just been archived, so if you missed the live transmission, or indeed the video stream on Berkeley Cable TV, then the mp3 file is here. We babble on about poetry, our project, libraries, digital audio archives and much more!.

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