Join us this evening for the private view of Pistols and Pollinators. Hermione Allsopp and I have created an installation of Broken Sonnets and there are fourteen other pieces by fourteen other poets and artists.
Just a quick reminder of the free public events programme at UCL this weekend. Look for the building opposite Waterstones on Torrington Place and pop in through the black gates and the glass door to see some exhibitions (including our display of concrete poetry from Special Collections) and take part in activities from computer simulations and film screenings through to live tattooing.
Full programme here.
Following the well-attended pop-up exhibition in October, as part of the wider UCL Festival of the Arts, on Saturday there is a chance to see some different items from UCL’s collection of little magazines and alternative press publications. Slade Librarian Liz Lawes and Department of Information Studies PhD student Sara Wingate Gray have curated a selection of the concrete poetry, and Sara has also designed some bookmarks and an accompanying website, with support from a professional graphic designer.
From the event web-page:
Did you know that UCL Library holds over 12,000 small press poetry items?
As part of UCL Special Collections, the Poetry Store is a collection especially rich in visual, sound and concrete poetry: these forms of poetry are visually striking and innovative, questioning established forms and attitudes, all of which featured prominently in small press activity from the mid 60s onwards in Europe and America.
Come along to our hands-on exhibition to explore in more detail a specially-curated selection of these rare items, and learn more about their history from Liz Lawes (UCL Library Services), Anne Welsh and Sara Wingate Gray (UCL Department of Information Studies), who will help you explore these items on the day.
The Itinerant Poetry Library will also be opening for part of the afternoon and there is a wide range of other activities, all free, and almost all on a drop-in basis.