if p then q at The Free Verse Fair

13 Sep

Most of our titles will be available on the if p then q bookstall at discounted prices – make sure you visit us at Conway Hall for The Free Verse Fair, 17th September.

More HERE.

Stephen Emmerson and Philip Terry reading time amendment

12 Sep

Stephen Emmerson & Philip Terry will read from their if p then q collections – Family Portraits, Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes & Advanced Immorality at this year’s Free Verse Fair:

September 17th
3.30pm at Conway Hall (not 3pm as advertised previously)
Free Entry

25% of if p then q books at Lulu until September 5th

31 Aug

Save 25% on orders of if p then q print books

Ends September 5th at 23:59

Use Code: MORE4YOU at


Just search for the book you want.



Stephen Emmerson & Philip Terry readings

30 Aug

Stephen Emmerson & Philip Terry will read from their if p then q collections – Family Portraits, Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes & Advanced Immorality at this year’s Free Verse Fair:

September 17th
3pm at Conway Hall
Free Entry

15% off if p then q books and free shipping until midnight August 14th

12 Aug

Use Code: AUGSHIP16 at www.lulu.com and use the search (most titles are available).


Free Verse Book Fair – Save the date

11 Jul

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.

We’re delighted to announce this year’s Poetry Book Fair will be held on Saturday 17th September at Conway Hall in London. It should feel just the same (though with a little more space for browsing this year!), with 80+ publishers and free readings and discussions through the day, followed by a lively evening at the nearby Square Pig & Pen pub.

We’ve been thinking a lot about the future of the Fair. We know we can’t rely on the Arts Council to provide funding every year and, as we want the Fair to keep happening, we know it needs to be more sustainable than it is at present. So, this year we’re going to try and make the fair self-sufficient, making it a more robust organisation which we can grow organically in the future. As a result, there’ll be some changes – but there’ll also be a lot that stays the same. The fair and all the readings will still be free to enter; we’re still going to offer travel bursaries to get publishers in from afar.

But we do have some plans. We ran a successful competition last year and are running another one now. The Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair Competition will let people support us whilst being creative – and it means we’ll have a selection of our own audience’s new work at the fair, displayed around the venue and celebrated at a dedicated reading on the day. Full details here!

We’re also going to be publishing an Essential Guide to this year’s Poetry Publishers. It will build on the idea of the guide we’ve produced in previous years, with poems from each publisher, but will be expanded to include tips and articles – a real snapshot of the current poetry publishing climate. It’ll also be available ahead of the fair, so people can get a stronger sense of the presses they want to explore on the day. We’re very excited about the idea – watch this space!

So, please put September 17th 2016 in your diary and, if you want to be the first to hear our news in the future, about the fair, the book or the competition, you can sign up to our mailing list here, or follow us on Twitter orFacebook.


if p then q displays at The Poetry Library’s Conceptual Poetics exhibition

25 May

Photos of exhibits at The Poetry Library’s current exhibition Conceptual Poetics. The photos below are works by if p then q authors. Also Matchbox, the predecessor project to if p then q has items on display. Sadly the Matchbox website went bonkers and is no longer running. Happily the Poetry Library has a digital archive of the project – HERE!

LINK to the Conceptual Poetics exhibition.

what's the best

Joy as Tiresome Vandalism (James Davies and Simon Taylor) What’s the Best? 



Tom Jenks, Items




Peter Jaeger, A Field Guide to Lost Things




Selections from Matchbox (from top left – Matthew Welton, Lisa Jarnot, Togara Muzanehamo, Craig Dworkin, Chris McCabe, Bill Griffiths)