The Poetry Library Open Day 2015 |The End of the Poem | 08th Nov

2 Oct

This one day event features Stephen Emmerson’s recent if p then q publications Poetry Wholes and Family Portraits.

Are the old ways of writing poetry finished? Will the poems of the future be written by machines? Is it possible to take up Ezra Pound’s challenge and ‘make it new’?

What will future poetry movements look like? And will poetry continue to play a role in social change as we head further into a world led by data?

Come along to our open day to tackle these questions. Work on display includes creations by those who have returned to traditional printing methods in response to digital, poets who are addressing what the future city might look like (and those who are returning to nature) and poets who are challenging capitalism and looking for a different system of political order for the future.

Explore the alternate worlds of science-fiction poetry and decide if poetry really can be written without any words. You can also discover The Poetry Library’s staff picks from the past year.

Poets, writers and artists on display from the library’s extensive collections include Katherine Angel, Blaise Cendrars, John Christie, Kenneth Goldsmith, James Hoff, Ron King, Robert Macfarlane and Claudia Rankine.

Midday to 7pm

St Paul’s Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall

At 8pm, join us for a free live event in The Poetry Library to hear poets Vahni Capildeo, Hannah Silva and James Wilkes read new work in response to The End of the Poem.




Coming soon…

1 Oct


Stall at Free Verse Fair

27 Sep

Thanks to everyone who visited the if p then q stall yesterday at The Free Verse Fair. Get in touch if you ever want to find out more. Much thanks to Tom Jenks for running the stall for the whole day.


Free Verse Fair 2015

24 Aug

Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair will be held on Saturday 26th September, 2015.

Free Verse is an all-day bazaar, market, library, meeting place, performance venue, information resource and more. Celebrating the vitality of contemporary poetry in the UK, publishers both large and small, both experimental and traditional, display and sell their work direct to the public.

if p then q is very pleased to once again have a stall at the fair which has over 85 publishers in attendance. Aside from our back catalogue you’ll be able to look at the great books if p then q has published this last year: Nathan Walker’s Action Score Generator, seekers of lice’s Encyclops, Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits and Peter Jaeger’s Not the Booker Prize nominated A Field Guide to Lost Things.

It’s free entry and there are tonnes of readings and other good things going on.


Peter Jaeger’s A Field Guide to Lost Things reviewed at Stride by Steve Spence

8 Aug


I read through the whole text in one go and have dipped in a few times since and found the experience very pleasurable and stimulating. Whether or not this will induce me to read Proust ‘properly’ is a moot point

LINK to read more

Peter Jaeger – Not the Booker Prize

30 Jul

Peter Jaeger’s Field Guide to Lost Things has made the longlist for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. Help it make the short list by voting for it. If you’ve not read a copy yet or have just seen a performance find out more and read a sample at if p then q.

Video: Peter Jaeger reading from A Field Guide to Lost Things

8 Jul

Peter Jaeger’s recent 3 hour, non-stop, durational reading of his A Field Guide to Lost Things at The Hardy Tree Gallery, Kings Cross


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