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, 19 August 2008

Where's the Library in Amsterdam?

First up we're at Boekie Woekie, the artist-run bookstore for books by artists in Amsterdam. Its bookstore & gallery are open daily from 12 to 6 pm, and we'll be at Boekie Woekie on Wednesday 20th August 2008 from 12 noon until 5pm, T.I.P.L. and Library in tow!

They're at: Berenstraat 16, 1016 GH Amsterdam, and you can call 'em: 31 (0)20 6390507 or email or just turn right up in person:

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Meanwhile, Thursday August 21st 2008 from 1-6pm will see us at Perdu

"Stichting Perdu is a literary foundation interested in new developments within the field of prose and poetry, in avant-garde forms of literature of the 20st Century and in crossovers between literature and other art forms. We mainly focus on certain aspects of literature that remain under exposed within the mainstream literary scene.

Every Friday night Perdu organises her 'Avonden' (evenings): custom made literary programs striving for discussion. On every other night the theatre might host some other kind of performance. On top of that Perdu also is a small publishing company that publishes certain specialised titles. The poetry bookshop, adjacent to the theatre, offers a wide variety of different kinds of poetry."

Perdu is at: Kloveniersburgwal 86, 1012 CZ Amsterdam, and you can call 'em: 020 627 6295 or even send 'em an email.

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Friday 22nd August 2008 from 12 noon until 5pm sees us return to Sterre der Zee, courtesy of the wonderful Jan. Get yerself to: 43 Nicolaas Beetsstraat, Amsterdam...

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And finally, courtesy of Barry Fitton's bookstall at the TenKartMarkt, we'll be donning Librarian gear & grabbing our Poem Repository to provide you with a Saturday menu of poems-to-go. Catch us there on Saturday 23rd August 2008 from 12 noon until 4pm!

You can find the Market here:

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Membership cards at the ready Amsterdam! To the Library and beyond, tally-ho chaps!

T.I.P.L. is ready: Are you?

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