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Elbow Room, launched in 2012, is a series of art journals and live events celebrating art in all guises. Each individually curated volume of Elbow Room includes written and visual arts. Produced in limited edition, hand bound pamphlets Elbow Room is sold online, in specialist bookshops and at artists’ book fairs across the country. Elbow Room is housed in multiple special collections including The Poetry Library at London’s Southbank Centre. Our live events bring art off the page as writers and musicians come together for intimate and exciting evenings. 

Since its founding there have been 18 volumes of Elbow Room, 3 special editions and two Elbow Room Prize anthologies. Elbow Room will come to an end with Volume 20 at the end of 2018.


Featured Artist

Joanna Layla is a London-based illustrator. She graduated with first-class honours in English Language and Literature – the linguistic training sparking her interest in visual communication and developing her own visual language to illustrate a world of words. In addition to editorial and reportage images, she enjoys extending her practice into fine art and live interdisciplinary collaborations with poets and dancers.



Elbow Room Live

Our live events bring Elbow Room off the page and onto the stage at The Harrison in London. We set out to create a space for every type of art and it was with this in mind that we started our live events. Every Elbow Room Live brings poetry, short stories, live music and film to welcoming and intimate audiences.

The Elbow Room Prize

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