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08 February

—> Call for contributions:

Following the two-day academic conference, ‘All Borders Blur: Mapping Intersections and Genre-Crossings in UK Spoken-Word Poetries since 1965’ at Queen Mary University of London in partnership with the University of Vienna (11-12 November 2023), Poetry Off the Page is pleased to announce the launch of a ‘Call for Submissions’ for a special collection of articles on ‘Poetry off the Page: Intersecting Practices and Traditions in British Poetry Performance“. The collection will be published by the open access, peer-reviewed, Open Library of the Humanities Journal. Under the editorship of Prof. Andrea Brady (Queen Mary London), Prof. Peter Howarth (Queen Mary London) and Dr. Helen Thomas (University of Vienna), this special collection focuses upon the ways in which spoken word practices have intersected with, crossed genres and transformed established forms of British performance practice and traditions. Here you can find the Call for Submissions.

02 February

–> Call for contributions:

Great news! Our Poetry Off the Page Blog, which focuses on theory and methodology, has just gone live with a post written by Claire Palzer on the role of interviewing in poetry performance research! Guest contributions cordially invited.

01 Feburary

Marie Krebs has produced a Podcast trailer for us, which Spotify has already picked up – for more information on the PoP podcast and to listen to the trailer, visit our Podcast page!


01 December

We are happy to report that our second project conference “All Borders Blur: Mapping Intersections and Genre Crossings in UK Spoken Word Poetries since 1965” successfully took place from 11-12 November at Queen Mary University London. Here you can find the conference report.

19 September

Today, we have two exciting pieces of news!

Firstly, Poetry Off the Page is looking for a new postdoctoral researcher to start asap. Please find all details and a link to the full advert on our ‘jobs’ page.

Secondly, we are happy to announce that All Borders Blur is approaching fast – registration has opened via Eventbrite, so if you haven’t gotten your (free) tickets yet, now’s the time! We are so excited for this event!

26 May

Workshop with Spoken Word Poety Ty’rone Haughton

VK Poetry Off the Page, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik.

Spoken word poet Ty’rone Haughton will visit the VK Poetry Off the Page (Julia Lajta-Novak) on 26 May to perform some of his poetry, answer the students’ questions, and engage them in creative activities.

Ty’rone (ti-rone) Haughton is a Jamaican born, Leicester based poet, freelance practitioner, advocate and former looked after child. Ty’rone’s poetry focuses on social observations, identity and vulnerabilities. Ty’rone’s writing is distinct, it is gentle yet brutal in approach. Ty’rone uses meticulous lyricism and storytelling to invite his audience in before punching them in the throat. 

You can find out more about him on

This workshop is organized by Poetry Off the Page in collaboration with ViennaLit Literaturverein and Renaissance One.

© Kate Green Photography

25 May

Our PI Julia Lajta-Novak worked on an article for the University of Vienna’s magazine for scientific communication “Rudolphina”. Access the full German-language text here:

23 May

Our second newsletter for 2023 is out! Have a look below:

28 April

Together with Ass.-Prof. Dr. phil. Dieter Fuchs, M.A. and MMag. Dr. Tamara Radak from the Centre for Irish Studies, the Poetry off the Page team organised a guest lecture by the Pulitzer Prize winner and poet Paul Muldoon. In this lecture, Muldoon read from his published work and spoke about poetry in performance.

We really enjoyed the wonderful lecture, as well as the productive collaboration with our colleagues from CIS and look forward to more projects like this in the future!

From left to right: Dieter Fuchs, PoP PI Julia Lajta-Novak, Tamara Radak, Paul Muldoon, Claire Palzer

15 March

The Call for Papers for our second project conference “All Borders Blur: Mapping Intersections and Genre Crossings in UK Spoken-Word Poetriese Since 1965” has been published. You can find the full-colour CfP here, as well as a text-only version here. For more information as well as contact details, please consult the official All Borders Blur website!

Deadline for abstracts: 08 May 2023

27 Feb

Taking the Mic, our very first project conference, took place in November 2022. It was a day-long event celebrating Black British spoken word Poetry since 1965, co-convened by our very own Dr. Emily Kate Timms and Dr. Deirdre Osborne FRSA of Goldmiths University of London.

We are excited to present you with Dr. Timms’ conference report detailling this vibrant day (talking about) of spoken word!
Read the report here:

26 Jan

The PoP Team wishes everyone a happy new year! Read our first newsletter of 2023 here.


26 Sep

Registration for our first project conference “Taking the Mic: Black British Spoken Word Poetry Since 1965 – Aesthetics, Activisms, Auralities” is now open. The conference is a free event with options for remote attendance: is a free event with options for remote attendance – you can register here:

14 Sep

Our third newsletter has arrived! Read it here.

30 May

Just in time for Pride Month, Poetry Off the Page proudly announces the GAIN Poetry Slam, which we are co-organising in Vienna – it takes place on 29th June at 6 o’clock on the University of Vienna Campus Altes AKH. There will also be a slam workshop on 13 June to prepare aspiring poets for the event.

25 April

The Call for Papers for our first project conference “Taking the Mic: Black British Spoken Word Poetry Since 1965” has been published!
Deadline for abstracts: 15 June

11 April

Poetry Off the Page – Quarterly Newsletter #2

10 January

Poetry Off the Page – Quarterly Newsletter #1


9 December

To find out more about Poetry Off the Page and its individual subprojects, you can now watch this little video we produced (many thanks to Hanna Möller and Benjamin Furtlehner of the University of Vienna’s PR Team!):


2 November

The PoP team has written a letter in support of Goldsmiths’ Department of English & Creative Writing, and the future of literary studies and the Arts and Humanities at Goldsmiths University of London, after the college announced compulsory redundancies, targeting academics in English and History as well as administrative staff.