Free Verse Fair 2015

24 Aug

Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair will be held on Saturday 26th September, 2015.

Free Verse is an all-day bazaar, market, library, meeting place, performance venue, information resource and more. Celebrating the vitality of contemporary poetry in the UK, publishers both large and small, both experimental and traditional, display and sell their work direct to the public.

if p then q is very pleased to once again have a stall at the fair which has over 85 publishers in attendance. Aside from our back catalogue you’ll be able to look at the great books if p then q has published this last year: Nathan Walker’s Action Score Generator, seekers of lice’s Encyclops, Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits and Peter Jaeger’s Not the Booker Prize nominated A Field Guide to Lost Things.

It’s free entry and there are tonnes of readings and other good things going on.


Peter Jaeger’s A Field Guide to Lost Things reviewed at Stride by Steve Spence

8 Aug


I read through the whole text in one go and have dipped in a few times since and found the experience very pleasurable and stimulating. Whether or not this will induce me to read Proust ‘properly’ is a moot point

LINK to read more

Peter Jaeger – Not the Booker Prize

30 Jul

Peter Jaeger’s Field Guide to Lost Things has made the longlist for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. Help it make the short list by voting for it. If you’ve not read a copy yet or have just seen a performance find out more and read a sample at if p then q.

Video: Peter Jaeger reading from A Field Guide to Lost Things

8 Jul

Peter Jaeger’s recent 3 hour, non-stop, durational reading of his A Field Guide to Lost Things at The Hardy Tree Gallery, Kings Cross

Stephen Emmerson Family Portraits published today

7 Jul

Family Portraits
Published July 2015
104 pp
£12.00 including postage and packaging UK
£19.00 including postage and packing worldwide

About the book
Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits is a series of blank canvases which ask the reader to fill in the blank(s) or leave the canvas just the way they see it. The book includes 9 portraits of each of the following types: Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Son, Daughter, Lover, Self-Portrait. The book also contains 8 lactose pills which can be taken to help see the portraits. Family Portraits is published as a lush hardback edition.

About the author
Stephen Emmerson’s publications include: ‘A never ending poem… (Zimzalla), Telegraphic Transcriptions (Dept Press / Stranger Press), No Ideas but in Things (Dark Windows Press), Albion (Like This Press), The Last Ward (Very Small Kitchen), Pharmacopoetics,(Apple Pie Editions) Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes (If P then Q), All my Pornography (The Red Ceilings), and Comfortable Knives (KFS).



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Chrissy Williams, Nathan Walker, Stephen Emmerson and seekers of lice book launch videos

30 Jun

Videos from the evening performances of recent if p then q book launches held at The Hardy Tree Gallery in Kings Cross – Nathan Walker (Action Score Generator), Chrissy Williams (Epigraphs), Stephen Emmerson (Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes and Family Portraits forthcoming) & seekers of lice (Encyclops.).

Thanks to Steven Fowler for helping arrange this and for filming.

Peter Jaeger’s 3 hour performance of A Field Guide to Lost Things to follow tomorrow.

if p then q book launches today

27 Jun


Mahu closing event: if p then q book launches
Stephen Emmerson
Peter Jaeger
seekers of lice
Nathan Walker
Chrissy Williams

+ visual art and poetry collaboration

The Hardy Tree Gallery, Kings Cross
27th June 2015, 7.30pm*, Free entry, BYOB
* Peter Jaeger  from 4-7 pm

if p then q is an experimental poetry press which has been publishing cutting edge work since 2008. This event is a chance to both launch the latest crop of if p then q titles and celebrate the final night of Steven Fowler’s Mahu exhibition at The Hardy Tree Gallery. As well as performances by Nathan Walker, Chrissy Williams, Stephen Emmerson and seekers of lice, the event will feature a special, not to be missed, 3 hour performance by Peter Jaeger (watch the whole thing or drop in and out), as well as a collaborative art workshop with artist and director of The Hardy Tree, Amelie Russell.

The event is free and there will be a bookstall selling all if p then q titles, including the recent landmark Written 1976-2013 by P. Inman.

Should you wish to this is a bring your own booze event.

Chrissy Williams is a poet, editor and tutor living in London. She is director of the Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. She is currently editing a book on Poetry Comics for Sidekick Books. Her if p then q publication, Epigraphs, has been praised highly by a number of reviewers – Sarah Gonnet, Emma Lee,  Dead Ink, Stride and Shearsman. The book was also featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb.

Stephen Emmerson’s books and objects include: Telegraphic Transcriptions, a never ending poem…, Comfortable Knives and Pharmacopoetics. He co edits Blart Books with Lucy Harvest Clarke. He has two if p then q publications – the very limited Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes and the upcoming publication Family Portraits.

seekers of lice is an artist and writer, with 10 books in the Tate’s collection of Artists’ Books. Other books include Theatre Of Objects (VerySmallKitchen 2012) and limber (The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press). Fly-Leaf is included in VLAK 5 (2015). Her if p then q collection, Encyclops., is a print version of an artwork which was displayed at News of the World gallery in London.

Peter Jaeger is a Canadian text-based artist, poet, and literary critic now living in London. He is the author of eleven books, and his most recent publications include John Cage and Buddhist Ecopoetics (Bloomsbury 2013), 540493390 (Veer Press 2014). He has also shown bookworks and performed his work at various galleries and art festivals, including MACBA in Barcelona, the Whitechapel Gallery and the ICA in London, the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, and in Turkey at the 12th Istanbul International Biennial of Contemporary Art. He is Professor of Poetics at Roehampton University in London. His if p then q title, A Field Guide to Lost Things, is a novel which recomposes elements of the first three volumes of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way.

Nathan Walker is an artist, curator and writer. His work investigates writing and speaking in and as performance. Primarily working in the fields of performance and action art, Nathan’s works explores expanded concepts of writing, including durational writing and sound poetry. His work also extends into online projects that consider the event of performance in electronic poetry. Alongside artist Victoria Gray he is co-director of Oui Performance an artist-led organisation dedicated to research and presentation of performance art. His if p then q title, Action Score Generator, is a print-based version of his fantastic website of the same name.

Mahu is SJ Fowler’s first solo exhibition in London. A novel onto gallery walls. A novel written without prelude or revision. A novel written in black ink on white walls. A novel in words that veers into neologisms. A novel in language that veers into abstract symbols. An asemic novel. A novel of twenty-one days, before it is stripped, chopped, framed, never to be reunited again.


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