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 . . .


Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Frankenart Mart . . . Get Your Weekly Library Love!

We're delighted to announce that the Fab-U-lo-so-so frickin' cool gallery Frankenart Mart in the Inner Richmond district have decided they would be honoured to host one free travelling library of 'lost & forgotten' poetry, since they had such fun with us and the one-off installation we did back in June '07 - before we nipped off to other climes and climates North American.

We say . . . damn right!

So. We like 'em so much we're going to don our highly irregularly regular hat and aim to turn up and install our Library & Itinerant Poetry Librarian there pretty much EVERY Sunday we have left here. Yes. We said have left, since come December folks, we're hip-hop-skip-jumping back to that place known as the European Union, so that the folks that joined there in 2006 can get a chance to get their library borrowing privileges back. So, you'd best come along and borrow the rest of our stock you'd yet to get your hands on in the first place when you came and joined, or come along and sign up if you aint been yet, plus the plethora of newly acquisitioned items from Portland, Seattle & Vancouver that came our way in July and August will be out in the collection too.

So look out for us starting this Sunday, 16th September, from 1-6pm. We're then there pretty much every Sunday from 1 - 6pm until December unless we write otherwise (for starters on Sunday September 30th we'll be at the Gandhi Birthday Celebration event with the Library rather than here, just so you know!)

Here's a map to get you to us:

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To the Library and Beyond! Tally-ho!

1 comment:

alex xander said...

Thank you for windozzling my shinkixxle at the FrankenArtMart! I am happy to have unfolded my copy of the bye bye laws, to find your blog space. Tally ho and tarry on! - alex