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.
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.
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)
This fine looking event in Liverpool features if p then q authors Tom Jenks and Nathan Walker.
Thursday, June 16 at 8 PM – 11 PM
everyman bistro, street cafe & theatre bar
Hope Street, L1 9BH Liverpool
The Dock Road is new publishing press that provides a platform for established and emerging poets, writers and spoken word artists. The Dock Road Press celebrates experimental approaches to writing and performance, encouraging informal innovation, poetic deviance and risk. Alternating between the page, performance, language and text, the Dock Road presents a series of readings to celebrate its launch at the Everyman Bistro in Liverpool. Invited readers for our opening event ‘Gramophone Ray Gun’ include Nathan Walker, Helen Tookey, Tom Jenks and Cathy Butterworth, each punked up on esoteric sounds and strange aesthetics.
ADMISSION £3 ON THE DOOR
Conceptual poetics takes Marcel Duchamp’s approach to visual art and extends it to poetry.
Join us at the opening of this exhibition and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to readings from some of the poets and publishers associated with this avant-garde poetic practice.
The conceptualist movement has become perhaps the most contested but also one of the most popular movements in contemporary poetry. Focusing on poets and artists in the current UK scene, this exhibition features work published by presses such as if p then q, Information as Material and ZimZalla.
The Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall
Admission is free but space is limited. Email email@example.com to reserve your place.
24 May 2016, 19:30pm – 20:30pm
Even when you disagree with what he’s saying, the disagreement tends to be fertile.
Read more HERE
Buy for £3.50 HERE
Download free PDF HERE
if p then q sale
Don’t forget, one month left in the if p then q sale. The following books are discounted until the end of May. Stock up on a bunch and save on postage:
Beaulieu, Derek: The Unbearable Contact with Poets Was £5 Now £3.50
Berridge, David: Bring the Thing Was £8 Now £3.20
Clarke, Lucy Harvest: Silveronda Was £8 Now £3.20
Henderson, Derek: Thus & Was £8 Now £3.20
Inman. P: Written 1976-2013 Was £20 Now £14
Jaeger, Peter: A Field Guide to Lost Things Was £7 Now £4.90
Jenks, Tom: * Was £8 Now £3.20
Jenks, Tom: A Priori Was £8 Now £3.20
Jenks, Tom: Items Was £8 Now £4
Pester, Holly: Hoofs Was £8 Now £3.20
seekers of lice: Encyclops. £4 Now £2.40
Terry, Philip: Advanced Immorality Was £8 Now £3.20
Walker, Nathan: Action Score Generator Was £15 Now £11.25
Williams, Chrissy: Epigraphs Was £4 Now £2
A really splendid and thorough review of P. Inman’s Written 1976-2013 by Ryan Gato in the new edition of Tripwire 10.
Here’s a taster –
In this way, Inman’ recent work strikingly contrasts with 21st century literary formations such as Flarf and Conceptualism, both of which attempt in their own ways to reclaim language from its instrumental, marketable, likeable usage.
Read the whole review HERE
Go to Tripwire 10 HERE