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, 13 August 2008



1. Librarian on radio, tonight [wed 13 aug 2008], 9-10pm
(Amsterdam, The Netherlands time)

Live on DFM Radio Television International

Click here for live stream

Yes, we're kickin' it into touch!

First up, as we meander on over to Leipzig, is the Dutch Library Experience! Amsterdam VPLs get yer membership cards at the ready, all you other Valued Non Patrons of the Library: Come Join Before We Travel On!

We're at:

The wonderful Jan's Sterre de Zee bookshop at 43 Nicolaas Beetsstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Thursday 14 Aug 2008, 1-6pm.

Grotere kaart weergeven

We arrived, Librarian and two giant library bags in tow, YESTERDAY. So, we're happy to report that we've been able to stick to one of our credos:

"Need a free public library of 'lost & forgotten' poetry?"
Within 24hrs of arrival the good citizens of Amsterdam are in luck!


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