Category Archives: poetry

Isn’t everything poetry? Readings with Ken Shakin, Robert Stastny, Ida Loggert and many anonymous others

The Curious Fox Book shop on the Flughafenstrasse in Berlin presents regular poetry evenings. Before the break invited poets read their poems, after the break poets in the audience, mostly announced by their first name step up, and cheered by the audience, read their short serious, intimate or hilarious poetry. I don’t know how the evenings would evolve if Guinness were consumed by the gallons. You can hear from the reactions that everyone has a very good time, and that the readings, organised by David Gordon, are a welcome contribution…

The Wandering, an opera by Ken Shakin

This happened a while ago at the Irsih embassy in Berlin. To record the Bloomsday festivities, Adrian was smuggled in by our man in the Flughafenstrasse and Ken Shakin. All he had to do was to put up ‘this friendly face’, which according to eye-witnesses was an Italo Svevo mask. Adrian says, that on arriving on a suitably wet day at the Irish embassy reception, having hastily prepared my passport and removed any articles that would not have survived a strip search, I was politely led in after saying I was with ‘ken’…

Isn’t Everything Poetry – January ’17 Poetry Readings at Curious Fox Book Store in Berlin

I like these evenings. And I was never there. But it is one of those happenings in town of which I think that they should exist; they should exist for ever. It is the same with people who write long letters on paper and send them to friends who might live around the corner or on another continent. In times of Proust letters were written in the morning, send out and in eager anticipation of the returning post a new letter was written to be send out in the evening….

Adrian Shephard – Curious Fox Books Poetry Night

Curious Fox is the name of an english bookstore in the Flughafenstrasse of Berlin Neukölln. You will find it in a street filled with thrift stores and pilgrims on their way to Mecca. There is also obscure sports bars, illegal brothels, and the usual critical mass of night shops and phone booths. It is on your way to upper Neukölln and the Tempelhof. In need of a second hand book? You will find it there. To celebrate their one year anniversary they organized a poetry evening. The store was packed….