Poetry Café Exhibitions

Throughout the year, a lively programme of art exhibitions inspired by poetry and literature.

NOW SHOWING... 'Pharmapoetica' by Chris McCabe & Maria Vlotides, 14 Apr - 15 Jun

'Pharmapoetica: a dispensary of poetry' is a collaboration between poet Chris McCabe and artist and herbalist Maria Vlotides, in which the alchemical and transformative processes of language and its meaning through poetry are mirrored by the alchemical and transformative process of plants into medicinal drugs.

Originally conceived as an art installation in the form of a medical cabinet of poems based on plants used pharmacologically, it developed into a limited edition book of the same title, which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Pharmapoetica at the Poetry Café is an exhibition of Maria Vlotides's photographs of the installation, a cataloguing of the project through portraits of each poem and herb.

Book your place on two workshops connected with the exhibition

Guided herb walk with poetry, 17 May, 10:30am-12:30pm, Poetry Café, London. Led by Maria Vlotides. Inc. visit to the Phoenix Garden at St Giles. Click here for full details.

'Pharmapoetica' workshop & tea tasting, 4 June, 4pm-5:30pm, Poetry Café, London. A discussion, reading and tea tasting led by Chris McCabe and Maria Vlotides. Click here for full details.




Poetry Café (The Poetry Place)
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX

Email: Ely Ahamed
Telephone: 020 7420 9888

Opening times 

12 noon - 11pm Monday to Friday
7pm - 11pm Saturday

Closed on Sunday, and on occasion for private hire - please check the calendar before you visit.


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