Conceptual Poetics exhibition and opening night at The Poetry Library

Conceptual poetics takes Marcel Duchamp’s approach to visual art and extends it to poetry.

Join us at the opening of this exhibition and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to readings from some of the poets and publishers associated with this avant-garde poetic practice.

The conceptualist movement has become perhaps the most contested but also one of the most popular movements in contemporary poetry. Focusing on poets and artists in the current UK scene, this exhibition features work published by presses such as if p then q, Information as Material and ZimZalla.

The Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall

Admission is free but space is limited. Email to reserve your place.

Poetry Comic Books Exhibition launch

Poetry Comic Books Exhibition
At The Poetry Library, Southbank
Tuesday 12th May, 7.30

Join us at this opening event to view the new Poetry Comics exhibition, drink some wine, and contribute to the exhibition with your own poetry comics made on the evening.

The exhibition invites you to explore the world of Poetry Comics (from 12th May – 12th July) with items from The Saison Poetry Library collection and beyond.

This terrain, in which word and image meet, can be seen as building upon the tradition of Blake’s Illuminated Books and making it new. Includes works on display from Kenneth Koch, Joe Brainard and Bianca Stone and a range of reading copies of books including Howl: A Graphic Novel by Eric Drooker and Allen Ginsberg and Beowulf Cartoon by Mike Weller.

Admission is free. To book your place email:

Poetry in Collaboration exhibition

The exhibition furthers and re-contextualises the concerns of the Enemies project ( in panoramic scope, drawing from the vast collection of the poetry library to reveal a small sliver of the modern history of poetry in collaboration, to evidence, in microcosm, just how fundamental a shared practise can be to poetry.
On display will be new works commissioned by the Enemies project, including book art by Ragnhildur Johanns and Iain Sinclair, as well as collaborations by Ian Hamilton Finlay and John Furnival, Ron King and Roy Fisher, Anne Waldman and Joe Brainard, amongst many others. There will be an extensive reading table, an audio station with live collaborative recordings of the Beats, and videos of works by Robert Desnos and Man Ray, as well as footage from the Camaradefest, held last year at the Rich mix arts centre in London.
The exhibition runs from 6 May 2014 to 6 July 2014 and is free to attend at the Saison Poetry Library in the Royal Festival Hall


The Poetry Library celebrates its 60th birthday!

An evening of eclectic and unique poetry voices. Join us as the library’s diverse collection comes to life with poets who are renowned for pushing poetry in surprising directions. Hosted by Simon Armitage, with readings by Fleur Adcock, Daljit Nagra, John Agard, Warsan Shire, Jen Hadfield, Kei Miller, Tom Raworth, Amjad Nasser and Brenda Shaughnessy, with more to be confirmed.

More info HERE

THE DARK WOULD at the Poetry Library

A preview event at London’s Poetry Library for a new, pioneering anthology of text artists and poets ‘The Dark Would’, which includes work by over 100 contributors including Richard Long, Fiona Banner, Charles Bernstein and many more, with readings and a panel discussion by artists and poets. Chairing the discussion and fielding audience questions is ‘The Dark Would’ editor Philip Davenport and curator Tony Trehy. More at the Poetry Library site.


SPECIAL EDITION 8.00pm Wednesday 3 October 2012
The Poetry Library Royal Festival Hall South Bank Centre LONDON SE1 8XX
booking essential:

Paula Claire presents an illustrated survey of international sound, visual and concrete poetry in our Collection, explaining its importance in the history of 20th-century innovative poetic forms. She offers a unique perspective on the subject supported by her Archive of Sound and Visual Poetry, over 5,000 items gathered by exchanging her Little Press Publications with exponents worldwide.
An experienced performer here and abroad in schools, colleges, arts centres, museums and festivals – Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Houston, Oporto, Cheltenham – she will then involve all present in the diversity of her poems and artists books, explorations during 50 years of writing.
At this event : Book launch to celebrate 50 years of creating poetry:
Catalogue 3: GOING FOR GOLD Poems 2001-11 an annotated and illustrated list with Introduction by Professor Robert Hampson, RHUL. The Library has Catalogue 1: DECLARATIONS Poems 1961-91; Catalogue 2: DI-VERS-ITY – Extending the Forms of Poetry 1991-2001 and nearly 30 other books etc by Paula Claire, see Library database.